Super Rugby is a rugby union competition, consisting of 15 teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. In the group stage, the 15 teams are divided into 3 geographical conferences (Australian, New Zealand and South African conferences) with teams playing a home and away fixture against each team within their conference, along with a further 8 fixtures against teams from the other conference’s. The top team in each of the 3 conferences qualify for the knockout phase, along with the next best 5 teams across all of the conferences.
The 2018 champions of Super Rugby were Crusaders, who won their 9th title and are the most successful franchise in the tournament’s history. The competition has been dominated by teams from New Zealand, winning 16 times in 23 years.
Franchises of Super Rugby
There are currently 15 franchises competing in Super Rugby (reduced from 18 in 2018). Click on the link (where available) next to the team for a guide to visiting the stadium and city, or view the map on the bottom of this page to see where each team is located.
Brumbies – Canberra Stadium (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
Rebels – AAMI Park (Melbourne, Victoria)
Sunwolves – Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (Tokyo, Japan)
New Zealand Conference
Chiefs – FMG Stadium Waikato (Hamilton, Waikato)
Crusaders – Rugby League Park (Christchurch, Canterbury)
Highlanders – Forsyth Bar Stadium (Dunedin, Otago)
South Africa Conference
Bulls – Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Pretoria, Gauteng)
Sharks – Kings Park Stadium (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal)
Stormers – Newlands Stadium (Cape Town, Western Cape)