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Super Rugby is the largest Rugby Union football championship in the Southern Hemisphere and is held between teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The Super Rugby Competition in 2017 consists of five state rugby teams from Australia (Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratahs, ACT Brumbies, Western Australia Force and Melbourne Rebels), five New Zealand rugby franchises, (the Auckland Blues, Waikato Chiefs, Wellington Hurricanes, Canterbury Crusaders, and Otago Highlanders), six rugby teams from South Africa (Cheetahs, Stormers, Sharks, Lions, Bulls and Kings) and one from Argentina (Jaguares) and one from Japan (Sun Wolves).

Three teams will be dropped in 2018 - one from Australia and two from South Africa so the tournament will return to 15 teams as it had previously. This seems to be a financial decision from the rugby "heads"

In Super Rugby teams are be grouped in to "conferences" (the 5 Aussie teams and the 5 Kiwi teams each in their own conference. Japan and Argentina are in the two South African conferences).

The top team from each conference plus the next 3 highest ranked teams (based on points) qualify for the quarter finals

The Crusaders have been the best performing team over the years.

For travel information about travel in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, go to our travel pages.



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