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Rugby - Super Rugby

The leading rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere below National team level involves franchises from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan. The competition has sen many changes of teams and structures. The current competitors are highlighted below.
From 1996 up to and including 2005 the tournament was known as Super 12 (involving 12 teams). The Reds, Waratahs and Brumbies from Australia; the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders of New Zealand; the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Cats hailing from South Africa. In 2006, the addition of the Force (Aus) and the splitting of the Cats into the Lions and the Cheetahs produced 14 teams from 2006-2010. 
From 2011, the Melbourne Rebels were added to transform the competition into the Super 15. In 2016, an Argentine team (Los Jaguares), a Japan-based side (Sunwolves) and a sixth South African outfit (Southern Kings) were added.  
Three conferences of five teams each (Australia/Japan, New Zealand and South Africa/Argentina) produce one side each who progress, alongside tfive wildcards with the best records across the conferences, to the knockout phase. The final is held at the home ground of the team that finished best in the regular season.

YEAR
VENUE
WINNERS
RUNNERS-UP
1996
Auckland
BLUES
Sharks
1997
Auckland
BLUES
Brumbies
1998
Auckland
CRUSADERS
Blues
1999
Dunedin
CRUSADERS
H'landers
2000
Canberra
CRUSADERS
Brumbies
2001
Canberra
BRUMBIES
Sharks
2002
Christchurch
CRUSADERS
Brumbies
2003
Auckland
BLUES
Crusaders
2004
Canberra
BRUMBIES
Crusaders
2005
Christchurch
CRUSADERS
Waratahs
2006
Christchurch
CRUSADERS 
Hurricanes
2007
Durban
BULLS
Sharks
2008
Christchurch
CRUSADERS
Waratahs
2009
Pretoria
BULLS
Chiefs
2010
Soweto
BULLS
Stormers
2011 Brisbane
REDS
Crusaders
2012 Hamilton
CHIEFS Sharks
2013 Hamilton CHIEFS Brumbies
2014 Sydney
WARATAHS Crusaders
2015 Wellington HIGHLANDERS Hurricanes
2016 Wellington HURRICANES Lions
2017 Johannesburg CRUSADERS Lions
2018 Christchurch CRUSADERS Lions

 

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