Super Rugby

Super Rugby is the pre-eminent professional club rugby competition in the southern hemisphere and involves five teams each from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It is also colloquially known as Super 15.

Former All Black Jerry Collins dies in car crash in France

Jerry Collins was capped 48 times by the All Blacks and captained them three times. Photo: AFP

Former All Blacks captain Jerry Collins and his wife have been killed in a car crash in France, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed on Friday.

Friday, 5 June, 2015, 6:24pm

I’m fortunate to retire intact, says injured McCabe

Australia’s Pat McCabe in the thick of the action against New Zealand during a Bledisloe Cup match in 2012, the year he suffered his first neck fracture while on tour in France. Photo: AP

Wallabies centre Pat McCabe counts himself fortunate to be able to walk away from rugby intact after deciding to retire at the age of 26 in the wake of a third neck fracture in two years. McCabe confirmed his decision to call time on his rugby career on Thursday after sustaining the injury in Australia's 51-20 Rugby Championship defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

26 Sep 2014 - 10:05pm

Confusion over Pat McCabe’s future after third neck break

Pat McCabe first fractured his neck in 2012. Photo: AFP

Wallaby back Pat McCabe has retired from rugby after fracturing his neck for a third time, his ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said Wednesday - but McCabe's club ACT Brumbies denied that.

14 Oct 2014 - 2:22pm

Wallaby Nick Cummins released by ARU to join Japanese club

Nick Cummins in action for Australia in the second test against France in June. The Wallabies winger has been granted early release from his national team contract and will join Top League outfit West Red Sparks in Japan. Photo: AFP

Wallabies winger Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins has been released from his national team contract to sign with Japan’s West Red Sparks for next season, ruling him out of the 2015 World Cup, officials said on Friday.

26 Sep 2014 - 9:27pm

Tourists run in six tries to overwhelm former Super Rugby champions

England's Anthony Watson outpaces Crusaders' Joe Moody in their match at Christchurch. Photo: AP

England’s fringe test players proved to coach Stuart Lancaster he was on the right track to build depth as he prepares for next year’s World Cup with a 38-7 victory over the seven-time Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Tuesday.

14 Oct 2014 - 1:33pm

Fly-half Foley stakes Wallabies claim as Waratahs crush Lions

Wallaby Rob Horne scored two tries for the Waratahs on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

The New South Wales Waratahs scored a 41-13 bonus-point win over South Africa's Golden Lions in Sydney on Sunday, with fly-half Bernard Foley staking his Wallabies claim by scoring 21 points, including a try, five conversions and two penalties.

19 May 2014 - 10:34pm

Coastal Sharks conquer Crusaders in historic victory

Kyle Cooper of the Coastal Sharks scores a try as he is tackled by Andy Elis of the Crusaders on Saturday at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photo: AFP

Replacement Kyle Cooper scored a 75th-minute try to lift a Sharks team reduced to 14 men for 63 minutes, and to 13 during the second half, to a 30-25 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

18 May 2014 - 7:11pm

Odds against Sharks in showdown with Crusaders

Lwazi Mvovo runs the ball for the Coastal Sharks during their loss last weekend to the Brumbies. Photo: AFP

The Coastal Sharks put their Super Rugby competition lead on the line against the red-hot Canterbury Crusaders this weekend in Christchurch where they have never won.

17 May 2014 - 11:57am

Brumbies take bragging rights in drab match-up

Brumbies' Sam Carter (left) takes on Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis in their clash in Canberra. Photo: AFP

South Africa’s Sharks clung to first place on the Super Rugby table on Saturday by taking a consolation bonus point from a 16-9 loss to the second-placed ACT Brumbies in a rain-soaked top-of-the-table clash in Canberra.

11 May 2014 - 2:45am

Element of intrigue in crucial Canberra clash

Sharks inside centre Heimar Williams tries to evade Rebels wing Male Sa’u in their Super 15 clash in Melbourne last Friday – a match the Sharks won 22-16. Photo: AFP

Jake White will coach the Sharks against his former team, the Brumbies, on Saturday in a top-of-the-table match which has the potential to sway the Super Rugby play-off chances for both teams.

9 May 2014 - 11:17am

Chiefs bounce back from mid-season slump

Gareth Ansombe of the Chiefs on the charge against the Lions in their Super 15 match in Hamilton. Photo: AFP

The Chiefs scored three tries in a six-minute spell on either side of half-time to secure a bonus point from a 38-8 win over South Africa’s Lions in Super Rugby in Hamilton on Saturday, breathing new life into their title defence.

5 May 2014 - 3:29pm

Sharks first South African team to win on tour this season

Sharks winger JP Pietersen makes a break for the try line in their match against the Rebels in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

The Coastal Sharks became the first South African team to win on tour this season with a laboured 22-16 victory over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday, keeping them top of the Super Rugby standings.

3 May 2014 - 10:44pm

McCaw set to return from injury to boost Crusaders

While recovering from injury, All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw joined Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, at a young players' tournament in Dunedin. Photo: Reuters

After a rocky start to the Super Rugby season, the stars are aligning for Todd Blackadder’s Canterbury Crusaders with flanker Richie McCaw set to return from a long injury lay-off and help drive the side toward the play-offs.

30 Apr 2014 - 5:57pm

Brumbies’ Super 15 title push gathers pace

The Western Force's Kyle Goodwin is brought down in a tackle during the match against the Bulls in Perth. Photo: AFP

Australia's ACT Brumbies' Super Rugby title push gained momentum with their win over champions the Waikato Chiefs coupled with the shock loss of competition leaders the Coastal Sharks at home.

27 Apr 2014 - 11:38pm

Highlanders score four to stun table-topping Sharks

Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga, shown here slipping the Bulls defence during a recent game in Dunedin, didn’t miss a shot at goal against the Sharks in Durban. Photo: AFP

A mid-season loss of form for Super Rugby leaders Coastal Sharks continued on Friday when they suffered a shock 34-18 home loss to Otago Highlanders, while the Brumbies thumped Waikato Chiefs 41-23.

26 Apr 2014 - 7:19pm