Super Rugby 2020 Tips & Match Previews

Super Rugby is one of the finest Rugby Union tournaments played on the global stage and is has often been considered the tournament closest to that of the pace of top class international rugby. 

It is played in the Southern Hemisphere between clubs and franchises from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand while Japan and Argentina have one side each in the competition.

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Super Rugby History

Super Rugby as we know it today has taken many shapes and forms over the years.

In 1986, the very first competition involving Southern Hemisphere rugby union clubs was created. Named the South Pacific Championship, the competition lasted until 1990 and featured six sides from three countries - Auckland, Canterbury, and Wellington from New Zealand, Queensland and New South Wales from Australia, and the Fiji national side.

After a break in 1991, the Super 6 was launched in 1992, replacing the South Pacific Championship. However, this competition lasted just one year. Queensland lifted the trophy.
In another twist to the formula, the Super 10 came into being in 1993. As the name suggests, 10 sides competed in the competition, with teams from South Africa added to the mix. The inclusion of the South African sides was possible following the end of apartheid.

Waikato, Auckland, Otago, and North Harbour from New Zealand; Natal, Transvaal, and Northern Transvaal from South Africa; Queensland and New South Wales from Australia; and Western Samoa all competed in the Super 10. Transvaal won the inaugural competition before Queensland took home the trophy in 1994 and 1995.

When rugby union became a professional sport in 1995, the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rugby boards came together to form SANZAR. This development led to another structural change to the Super 10.

The competition was expanded to 12 teams and, naturally, the name was changed to Super 12. The Tri-Nations involving the national sides of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand was also formed.

In 1996, five sides from New Zealand (Auckland Blues, Waikato Chiefs, Otago Highlanders, Wellington Hurricanes, and Canterbury Crusaders), four South African provinces (Natal Sharks, Northern Transvaal, Transvaal, and Western Province), and three domestic Australian sides (Queensland Reds, ACT Brumbies, and NSW Waratahs) all took to the field under the Super 12 banner.

A period of New Zealand domination followed, with eight of the ten titles between 1996 and 2005 being won by the Crusaders (5) and Blues (3).

In the early 2000s, South Africa and Australia wanted to add extra sides from their respective nations to the Super 12. In 2006, they got their wish and the Super 14 was launched. The Western Force from Australia and Cheetahs from South Africa entered the competition.

In the five years of the Super 14, the Crusaders continued to prove their class with two wins, but the Bulls from South Africa brought a forward-dominant game to the mix and won the title in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

Another change to the format of the competition came about in 2011. A fifth Australian side was added - the Melbourne Rebels, and three conferences were created - which were country specific. This is when Super Rugby was born and ran from 2011 to 2015, with the Reds, Chiefs, Waratahs, and Highlanders all winning their first titles during that period.

Another expansion was announced in 2013 and implemented in 2016. A sixth South African side - Southern Kings, and Argentina's Jaguares and Japan's Sunwolves were added to the competition - with 18 sides now participating.

In 2018, in an effort to reduce the amount of rugby being played, two South African sides (Cheetahs and Kings) and one from Australia (Force), were given the boot. The tournament has remained unchanged since, although in March 2019, SANZAR confirmed that 2020 will be the Sunwolves' last season in Super Rugby.

Super Rugby Fixtures

Each side plays 16 matches over an 18-week period. Each side plays home and away against the teams within their own conference, and an additional eight matches against sides from the other two conferences – four home and four away. No side plays every team in the competition, meaning that two teams might meet for the first time in the play-offs.

Super Rugby Format

The 2020 Super Rugby competition is comprised of 15 sides spread across three conferences. Each conference – Australian, New Zealand, and South African, has five sides, with the Jaguares from Argentina and Sunwolves from Japan forming part of the South African and Australian conferences respectively.

Each side plays 16 matches both inside and across conferences, with each side afforded two bye weeks during the conference stage.

At the end of the conference stage, the three conference winners (regardless of overall points totals) and the fourth-best side on the overall conference log take on the next four best sides from the overall log in the quarter-finals. The venues for the semi-finals and final are determined by which side placed higher on the overall conference table.

Super Rugby Teams

Fifteen teams from across four continents – Africa, Australasia, Asia, and South America, in five different countries – Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, take part in the Super Rugby tournament. The participating sides play in three conferences – Australian, New Zealand, and South African.

Super Rugby Live Streaming

Online bookmakers often offer their punters the chance to live stream matches from Super Rugby. bet365 are one such online bookmaker, with their coverage not exclusive to Super Rugby - football, tennis, and cricket also feature. In order to watch the matches on bet365, punters must have placed a bet within 24 hours of the match kicking off. 

Geo-restrictions apply, for other FAQs please see the terms and conditions at bet365.

Super Rugby Bet of the Day

Our Super Rugby Bet of the Day is the top bet from each round of matches in Super Rugby. Our rugby union gurus will give you all the details you need to know in order to maximise your return.

Super Rugby Replays & Highlights

The more Super Rugby you watch, the better placed you will be to find a winning formula with your bets. If you are not able to watch the matches live, many websites and television channels play highlights and match re-runs during the week after matches.

Super Rugby News

Given the length of the Super Rugby tournament, there is a constant stream of important news regarding team selections, injuries, rest periods for the international players, and so much more. It is vital for you to stay one step ahead of the game in order to maximise your return.

In order to keep up to date with the latest Super Rugby news, below is a list of the best sites for you to do just that.

SANZAR Super Rugby News - 
Fox Sports Australia Super Rugby News - 
Super Rugby New Zealand - Super Rugby News - 
SuperSport Super Rugby News - 
Super XV Super Rugby News - 
Rugby Heaven Super Rugby News - 
Planet Rugby Super Rugby News - 

Super Rugby Social Media

With so much action taking place on a weekly basis, there is a lot to keep track of in Super Rugby.

Below is a list of the best Super Rugby social media accounts to keep you up to date every step of the way.

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Super Rugby FAQ

What is Super Rugby?

Super Rugby is the top rugby union competition in the world. Teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.

When is the 2020 Super Rugby competition?

The 2020 Super Rugby season starts on 31 January 2020 and ends with the final on 20 June 2020.

Where is the Super Rugby Competition played?

The 2020 Super Rugby tournament is played by 15 teams across four continents – Africa, Australasia, Asia, and South America, in six different countries – Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore.

Who has won the most Super Rugby Titles?

The Crusaders (New Zealand) have been the most dominant side in the history of Super Rugby, winning 10 titles to date. The next best sides are the Blues (New Zealand) and Bulls (South Africa), who have both won three titles each. Of the 24 seasons played to date, New Zealand sides have emerged victorious on 17 occasions.

How to live stream the Super Rugby?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information you need on how you can watch the Super Rugby competition on your phone, tablet or laptop.

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