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
WINNERS
RUNNERS-UP
1996
BLUES (Nzl)
Sharks (RSA)
1997
BLUES (Nzl)
Brumbies (Aus)
1998
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
Blues (Nzl)
1999
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
H'landers (Nzl)
2000
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
Brumbies (Aus)
2001
BRUMBIES (Aus)
Sharks (RSA)
2002
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
Brumbies (Aus)
2003
BLUES (Nzl)
Crusaders (Nzl)
2004
BRUMBIES (Aus)
Crusaders (Nzl)
2005
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
Waratahs (Aus)
2006
CRUSADERS (Nzl) 
Hurricanes (Nzl)
2007
BULLS (RSA)
Sharks (RSA)
2008
CRUSADERS (Nzl)
Waratahs (Aus)
2009
BULLS (RSA)
Chiefs (Nzl)
2010
BULLS (RSA)
Stormers (RSA)
2011 REDS (Aus)
Crusaders (Nzl)
2012 CHIEFS (Nzl) Sharks (RSA)
2013 CHIEFS (Nzl) Brumbies (Aus)
2014 WARATAHS (Aus) Crusaders (Nzl)
2015 HIGHLANDERS (Nzl) Hurricanes (Nzl)
2016 HURRICANES (Nzl) Lions (RSA)
2017 CRUSADERS (Nzl) Lions (RSA)
2018 CRUSADERS (Nzl) Lions (RSA)
2019 CRUSADERS (Nzl) Jaguares (Arg)
2020 Ao CRUSADERS (Nzl) Blues (Nzl)
2020 Au BRUMBIES (Aus) Reds (Aus)

 Ao = Super Rugby Aotearoa (Nzl teams only); Au = Super Rugby AU (Aus teams only) - both tournaments staged after Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the regular 2020 Super Rugby season

Finals at:  
Auckland 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003
Dunedin 1999
Canberra 2000, 2001, 2004
Christchurch 2002, 05, 06, 08 (Jade), 18, 19 (St'm) 
Durban 2007
Pretoria 2009
Soweto 2010
Brisbane 2011
Hamilton 2012, 2013
Sydney 2014
Wellington 2015, 2016
Jo'burg 2017
2020 Super Rugby AU final held in Canberra. There was no final staged for Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2020

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