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.

Japan have outgrown Asia but have a bright future, says World Cup-winner Dallaglio

Former England flanker Lawrence Dallaglio in Hong Kong last week. Photos: KY Cheng/SCMP

England World Cup-winning flanker Lawrence Dallaglio has welcomed a Super Rugby franchise being based in Japan from 2016 saying it will lead to a rise in playing standards, but he called for the Asian team to comprise mainly home-grown players.

Sunday, 14 December, 2014, 12:51am

Notion that Japanese Super Rugby team is good for the whole of Asia is rubbish

Japan in action against Georgia last week. Photos: Kyodo

Japan’s entry into an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 is likely to lengthen the growing divide between Asia’s number one team and the rest of the region. What will this mean for Hong Kong?

26 Nov 2014 - 6:40pm

Japan beats Singapore to claim Asia’s spot in 2016 Super Rugby

A team from Japan will join the likes of Richie McCaw’s Canterbury Crusaders in the 2016 Super Rugby season after organisers decided Friday that they are Asia’s pick when Super 15 expands to 18 teams. Photo: AFP

Japan has beaten Singapore as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016, organisers said on Friday.

25 Oct 2014 - 10:21am

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

Questions remain as Japan, Singapore chase ‘super’ hero status

Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia's Waratahs (right) and Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand's Highlanders may be seen plying their trade in Asia from 2016, when either Singapore or Japan joins the Super Rugby family. Photo: AP

Either Singapore or Japan will have a team in the Super Rugby competition by 2016. Sanzar, the governing body of the southern hemisphere’s premier club competition, has confirmed one of these two countries will be home to the third new team as Super 15 becomes Super 18.

30 Jul 2014 - 10:49am

Green light for Asian team in Super Rugby

Super Rugby will be expanded from its existing 15 teams to 17 next year, and to 18 in 2016 with the addition of an Asian side. Photo: AP

Either Singapore or Japan will have a team in the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition in 2016 with governing body Sanzar confirming on Wednesday that one of those nations will be home to the 18th team.

8 Dec 2014 - 9:10pm 1 comment

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

Lack of TV coverage hinders Asia’s hopes of joining Super Rugby family

Trevor Gregory says famous players such as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw are virtually unknown in Asia because of the lack of free-to-air TV coverage. Photo: HKRFU

Free-to-air TV coverage is essential if Super Rugby wants to build its profile in Asia sufficiently for the continent to host a team over the next five to 10 years, the head of the Asian Rugby Football Union has said.

25 May 2014 - 8:21pm

Asian Super Rugby franchise ‘a bridge too far’

Asia is not yet ready to join Super Rugby teams such as Stormers and Western Force according the regional rugby chief Trevor Gregory. Photo: EPA

Asia is not ready to host a Super Rugby franchise - and it certainly wouldn't be Hong Kong - the head of the Asian Rugby Football Union said, adding that no union or sponsor was in a position to underwrite the US$100 million five-year cost of hosting the southern hemisphere competition's 18th team.

23 May 2014 - 5:20pm

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