Super Rugby 2020

The 2020 Super Rugby season was suspended on March 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic  

The Super Rugby is a top professional Rugby Union football tournament played between 15 teams from the Southern Hemisphere and Japan. The current format was founded in 1995 with the inaugural season taking place in 1996. It is now a five-nation Rugby Union tournament with teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Argentina.

There were two Super Rugby seasons with 18 teams, but for the 2018 – onward Super Rugby tournaments the competition went back to 15 teams.

The Super Rugby competition originated as the Super 6 tournament consisting of just the six clubs from New Zealand (three), Australia (two) and Fiji (one). That inaugural comp never reached the current heights or popularity of the current Super Rugby Championship. The tournament format has undergone a number of notable changes mainly to the number of Rugby Union clubs competing in the event. It has been known as the Super 6 (1992), Super 10 (1993-95), Super 12 (1995-2005), Super 14 (2006-10) and finally simply ‘Super Rugby’ from 2011.

Super Rugby Betting is hugely popular with markets open across the season on all the matches as well 16as futures Rugby Union odds on the Super Rugby Grand Final Winner.

Since 2016 there has been four Super Rugby conferences including two for Africa. That changed in 2018 with the 15 Super Rugby Clubs competing in three conferences:

  • Australian Conference (4 Australian teams plus the Japanese Sunwolves)
  • New Zealand Conference (5 New Zealand teams)
  • South African Conference (4 South African Teams plus the Jaguares from Argentina)

The Super Rugby finals are now played out between the best team in each of the three conferences, plus the next best five clubs (wildcards) from across all conferences.

Super Rugby 2020: Season Suspended

On March 14, 2020 the Super Rugby 2020 season was officially suspended indefinitely following the Round 7 matches by SANZAAR due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Season Suspended: March 14, 2020 
  • Season Return Date: TBC
  • Rounds Played: 7

2020 SUPER RUGBY SEASON

*Note: The 2020 Super Rugby season was suspended on March 14, 2020 after Round 7 due to COVID-19 

The 2020 Super Rugby Season is the 25th edition of the professional Union tournament. After a couple of seasons with an expanded 18-club competition, for 2018 the number of Super Rugby teams in the tournament was cut back down to 15 making the 2020 season the third on the trot using the reduced format.

A new format is set to be introduced for the 2021 Super Rugby tournament with the Japanese-based club the Sunwolves competing for the final time in 2020.

The countries represented in the Super Rugby 2020 are: Australia (4), Japan (1) who are part of the Australian Conference, New Zealand (5), South Africa (4) and Argentina (1) who are part of the South African Conference.

  • Super Rugby 2020 Finals: TBC
  • Super Rugby 2020 Grand Final: TBC
  • Super Rugby 2020 Champions: TBC

The Crusaders are again the reigning Super Rugby champions having scored their 10th championship success in 2019 and their third on the trot.

Early 2020 Super Rugby betting favours yet another championship for the Crusaders with the Chiefs considered the early danger.

2020 SUPER RUGBY STANDINGS

Across the Super Rugby 2020 season the standings lists the position of all 15 teams and tracks their progress towards the Super Rugby finals. Super Rugby Clubs are ranked based on the number of season wins and losses, with their competition points also listed.

Overall 2020 Super Rugby Standings

Overall Super Rugby Standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 South Africa Sharks 7 6 0 1 213 153 +60 25 19 0 0 24
2 Australia Brumbies 6 5 0 1 208 115 +93 31 15 2 1 23
3 New Zealand Crusaders 6 5 0 1 189 105 +84 26 15 3 0 23
4 New Zealand Blues 7 5 0 2 192 134 +58 25 17 2 0 22
5 New Zealand Chiefs 6 4 0 2 194 128 +66 27 18 2 1 19
6 New Zealand Hurricanes 6 4 0 2 168 135 +33 22 17 1 0 17
7 South Africa Stormers 6 4 0 2 118 94 +24 16 10 1 0 17
8 Argentina Jaguares 7 3 1 3 169 135 +34 23 16 2 1 17
9 Australia Rebels 6 3 0 3 166 160 +6 23 22 1 0 13
10 Australia Reds 7 2 0 5 219 176 +43 32 25 2 3 13
11 New Zealand Highlanders 6 1 1 4 91 163 –72 11 23 0 1 7
12 South Africa Bulls 6 1 0 5 115 152 –37 14 20 1 1 6
13 South Africa Lions 6 1 0 5 109 200 –91 14 27 0 1 5
14 Australia Waratahs 6 1 0 5 104 214 –110 15 31 1 0 5
15 Japan Sunwolves 6 1 0 5 101 292 –191 15 45 0 0 4

*2020 Super Rugby Standings Correct as of end of Round 7; season suspended after Round 7 due to COVID-19 

Super Rugby Standings Index: Pos: Position; P: Games Played, W: Games Won; D: Draw; L: Games Lost; PF: Points For; PA: Points Against; PD: Points Differential; TF: Tries For; TA: Tries Against; TB: Tries Bonuses; LB: Lost Bonuses; Pts: Total Competition Points

SUPER RUGBY CLUBS & CONFERENCES

There are currently three Super Rugby Conferences from Australia, New Zealand and Africa. New Zealand has the most Super Rugby Clubs in the competition with five, followed by Australia with four. The Australian Conference also consists of the Japanese Sunwolves from Tokyo who are yet to win a Super Rugby title. The South African conference has four teams including the Jaguares from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Brumbies Canberra, ACT Canberra Stadium (25,011) 1996 (Super 12)
Reds Brisbane, QLD Suncorp Stadium (52,500) 1996 (Super 12)
Rebels Melbourne, VIC AAMI Park (30,050) 2011
Sunwolves Tokyo, Japan Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (27,188) 2016
Waratahs Sydney, NSW Sydney Cricket Ground (44,000) 1996 (Super 12)

NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Blues Auckland, Auckland Region Eden Park (50,000) 1996 (Super 12)
Chiefs Hamilton, Waikato FMG Stadium Waikato (25,800) 1996 (Super 12)
Crusaders Christchurch, Canterbury Rugby League Park (18,600) 1996 (Super 12)
Highlanders Dunedin, Otago Forsyth Barr Stadium (30,748) 1996 (Super 12)
Hurricanes Wellington, Wellington Region Westpac Stadium (34,500) 1996 (Super 12)

SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE

Club City Stadium (Capacity) First Season
Bulls Pretoria, Gauteng Loftus Versfeld (51,762) 1996 (Super 12)
Jaguares Buneos Aires Estadio José Amalfitani (49,540) 2016)
Lions Johannesburg, Gauteng Emirates Airline Park (62,567) 1996 (Super 12)
Sharks Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Kings Park Stadium (52,000) 1996 (Super 12)
Stormers Cape Town, Western Cape Newlands Stadium (51,900) 1996 (Super 12)

SUPER RUGBY GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Since 1996 there have been nine clubs to take out a Super Rugby Championship. The most successful Super Rugby club boasting an impressive 10 Super Rugby Grand Final wins in that time is the Crusaders from the South Island of New Zealand whose last championship title was in 2019 when they won their third on the trot.

The other teams to take out multiple Super Rugby Championships are the: Blues (3), Bulls (3) Brumbies (2) and Chiefs (2). New Zealand Super Rugby clubs have dominated the Grand Final results.

  • Lowest Scoring Super Rugby Grand Final: Crusaders (19) def. Jaguares (3) in 2019
  • Closest Super Rugby Grand Final Results: Crusaders (20) def. Brumbies (19) in 2000; Bulls (20) def. Sharks (19) in 2007; Waratahs (33) def. Crusaders (32) in 2014
  • Largest Super Rugby Grand Final Win: Bulls (61) def. Chiefs (17) in 2009
  • All African Super Rugby Grand Final: Bulls (25) def. Stormers (17) in 2010
Year Winner Score Runner-Up
1996 Blues (NZ) 45 – 21 Sharks (ZA)
1997 Blues (NZ) 23 – 7 Brumbies (AUS)
1998 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 13 Blues (NZ)
1999 Crusaders (NZ) 24 – 19 Highlanders (NZ)
2000 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 19 Brumbies (AUS)
2001 Brumbies (AUS) 36 – 6 Sharks (ZA)
2002 Crusaders (NZ) 31 – 13 Brumbies (AUS)
2003 Blues (NZ) 21 – 17 Crusaders (NZ)
2004 Brumbies (AUS) 42 – 38 Crusaders (NZ)
2005 Crusaders (NZ) 35 – 25 Waratahs (AUS)
2006 Crusaders (NZ) 19 – 12 Hurricanes (NZ)
2007 Bulls (ZA) 61 – 17 Chiefs (NZ)
2008 Crusaders (NZ) 20 – 12 Waratahs (AUS)
2009 Bulls (ZA) 61 – 17 Chiefs (NZ)
2010 Bulls (ZA) 25 – 17 Stormers (ZA)
2011 Reds (AUS) 18 – 13 Crusaders (NZ)
2012 Chiefs (NZ) 37 – 6 Sharks (ZA)
2013 Chiefs (NZ) 27 – 22 Brumbies (AUS)
2014 Waratahs (AUS) 33 – 32 Crusaders (NZ)
2015 Highlanders (NZ) 21 – 14 Hurricanes (NZ)
2016 Hurricanes (NZ) 20 – 3 Lions (ZA)
2017 Crusaders (NZ) 25 – 17 Lions (ZA)
2018 Crusaders (NZ) 37 – 18 Lions (ZA)
2019 Crusaders (NZ) 19 – 3 Jaguares (ZA)
2020 TBD TBD TBD