Su­per Rugby

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 11 MARCH -

The Su­per Rugby tro­phy. M-Net Dec (*101)/SS1 (*201) 15:00-23:40 Sport Fe­bru­ary means one thing for rugby fans – and it’s not love! Su­per Rugby is in full swing and Satur­days (like to­day) are packed full of tries, tack­les, brawls and whis­tle-blow­ing. And that’s just from fans in the stands! How much do you re­ally know about the biggest club rugby tour­na­ment in the world?

1 Su­per Rugby of­fi­cially kicked off in 1996 as the Su­per 12 tour­na­ment. In 2006 it was the Su­per 14, Su­per 15 in 2011 and re­branded as Su­per Rugby in 2016 when Ja­pan and Ar­gentina were added to the com­pe­ti­tion. Five tro­phies have been used in 2 the tour­na­ment – if you in­clude the Su­per 10 tro­phy from pre-1995 when it was an in­for­mal com­pe­ti­tion. The cur­rent tro­phy weighs al­most 3 3kg and was hand­made from ster­ling sil­ver by New Zealand’s Jens Hansen – he’s the gold­smith hired by Peter Jack­son to make The Ring Of Power for the Lord Of The Rings movies (2001-2003). It’s not called just “Su­per Rugby” 4 though – each coun­try has its own of­fi­cial spon­sor (ex­cept Ja­pan). South Africa’s spon­sor is cell­phone com­pany Vo­da­com, Aus­tralia has life-in­sur­ance com­pany As­teron Life, New Zealand has In­vestec Bank and in Ar­gentina the ti­tle spon­sor is telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Per­sonal. The high­est score by any team 5 in the tour­na­ment is 96 by 2002 champs The Cru­saders (from New Zealand), while 16 teams have had a nil score over the years. The Cru­saders have also ap­peared 6 in more fi­nals than any other team – 11, with seven wins and four loses. The only South African team to lift the Su­per Rugby tro­phy to date is The Bulls, who won in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

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