Super Rugby Tips

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Super Rugby is a professional men’s Rugby Union tournament played between clubs and franchises from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific Islands. It used to include teams from South Africa, Argentina and Japan, but they have all left. 

 As one of the biggest rugby provincial rugby tournaments around the world, Super Rugby has plenty of options available when it comes to betting.

Super Rugby Betting Odds

The 2022 Super Rugby Betting Odds can be found here once available.

Super Rugby Fixtures

Keep a close eye on Super Rugby fixtures as there is a lot of traveling involved. This could have a huge impact on the odds and ultimately the bet you choose to make. 

Super Rugby Results

Super Rugby results is another key component to your bet. What form the team is currently it affects the odds and should be considered. You can either visit the franchise website for fixtures or other reputable rugby websites.

Super Rugby Highlights 

You can watch all the Super Rugby highlights on various TV or YouTube channels. If you missed the game it is often advisable to catch the highlights rather than solely relying on stats to give you clues towards your next bet.

Super Rugby News

Get all your latest Super Rugby news from reliable sources. Player and coach interviews, injury and suspension news could add a lot of value to your bet.

Super Rugby History

Super Rugby originally began in 1992 although it was not considered a professional sport. Back then it was known as the Super 6 with teams from Australia, New Zealand and the Fijian national side. After South Africa was readmitted back into international sport following the fall of apartheid it became the Super 10 in 1993.

The tournament expanded to the Super 12 in 1995 after a restructure which allowed more provincial sides to enter the competition. Four teams from each of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand competed until 2005.

As this coincided with the sport becoming professional there was a huge amount of money pumped into Super Rugby to get it off the ground. News Corp bought the exclusive rights to the competition on a 12-year contract worth US$ 555 million.

Initially New Zealand franchises dominated Super Rugby with the Auckland Blues winning the first two titles. The Blues were again in the final in 1998 but the Canterbury Crusaders won 20-13 and then went on to win three titles in a row. 

The Brumbies victory in 2001 marked the first year since 1995 that a New Zealand team had not reached the final, but in 2002 the Crusaders bounced back to claim their fourth title.

The demand for Super Rugby continued to rise so from 2006-2010 it became known as the Super 14. It was announced that News Corp had won the broadcasting rights for Australia, New Zealand and the UK while SuperSport won the broadcasting rights from South Africa – the five year contract was worth US$ 323 million.

South Africa increased their teams by one as the Free State Cheetahs joined Super Rugby, although they were previously part of the Super 12 but combined with the Lions to form the Cats.

Another expansion in 2011 saw the amount of teams rise to 15 as the Melbourne Rebels joined from Australia. This is where complications started occurring as fixtures became a muddled affair. No longer did each team play the other there were different groups – something which spectators did not take to kindly.

The long cries to have teams from Argentina and Japan was answered in 2016 as the Sunwolves (Japan) and Jaguares (Argentina) joined the fray.  This was done with the intention of increasing broadcasting revenues in different markets, especially in that of Asia.

Unfortunately it didn’t go as smoothly as was widely expected. The Japanese clubs played hardball and refused to allow their top players to play for the Sunwolves which led to the Sunwolves becoming largely unorganised with many foreign internationals.

There were too many teams and interest continued to dwindle in Super Rugby. Organisers had to do something so cutting teams became the answer. The first to fall was that of the Cheetahs (South Africa) and the Western Force (Australia). However, the Sunwolves experiment never improved and eventually it was confirmed in 2019 that the 2020 season would be their last.

The COVID-19 pandemic however struck and big changes took place. South Africa left for Europe leaving Super Rugby to now consist of only Australia, New Zealand and new teams from Fiji and the Pacific Islands.

Super Rugby FAQ

What is Super Rugby?

Super Rugby is a professional men's rugby union tournament played every year between clubs from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Pacific Islands.

Where is the 2022 Super Rugby played?

The entire tournament takes place in Australia and New Zealand.

Who won the 2021 Super Rugby tournament?

The Crusaders won the 2021 Super Rugby tournament.

How many teams will participate in the 2022 Super Rugby tournament?

The 2022 Super Rugby tournament will consist of 12 teams. Five from New Zealand, five from Australia and one each from Fiji and the Pacific Islands.

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