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Super Rugby 2019

The Super Rugby 2019 season will kick off on the 15th February with two matches. There will be a total of 15 teams taking part in the competition and Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan are all represented in the club tournament.

This will be the 24th edition of Super Rugby and the event has come a long way in recent years. Due to the geographical location of the teams, they are split into three geographical conferences.  The Australasian Conference features teams from Australia and Japan, the South African Conference has teams from South Africa and Argentina and the New Zealand Conference only has teams from New Zealand.

There are 16 matches for each team in the group stages of Super Rugby 2019, with each team also having two rest weeks, making 18 rounds of games and 120 matches in total.  The teams will play 8 games against teams from within their conference and 8 matches against teams from the other two conferences.

The top team in each conference will qualify for the quarter-finals plus the five teams with the best records across all three conferences.  From the quarter-final onwards 2019 Super Rugby is a knockout tournament and the final will be played in either June or July.

The defending Super Rugby champions are the Crusaders, who defeated the Lions 37-18 in the final in August 2018.  The Crusaders from New Zealand lost only two matches all season, comfortably topping the New Zealand Conference and overall table.  They won all three of their knockout matches with plenty to spare and it easy to see why they are regarded as the favourites for Super Rugby 2019.

Crusaders have retained the services of George Bridge for the 2019 campaign and the outside centre will be hoping to go one better and finish with the most tries this season.  Bridge scored 15 tries last season, just one behind the Hurricanes Ben Lam.

Interestingly, it’s the Hurricanes who are fancied as being Crusaders’ closest challengers in Super Rugby 2019.  Hurricanes reached the semi-final last season, only to lose out to the Crusaders but Lam has been confirmed on their roster for next season, making them a real threat.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hurricanes and Crusaders reach the semi-final again.

Outside of the New Zealand teams, the biggest challenger for the 2019 Super Rugby title is expected to be the Lions of South Africa.

The Lions reached the final last season only to be overwhelmed by the Crusaders. If they can make it again in 2019, the experience will serve them well and they should at least reach the last four of the competition.  Other contenders include the Chief and Highlanders, both of New Zealand, with the Waratahs the best hope for Australia.

However, it would be a big surprise to the see the Super Rugby 2019 trophy go to a team outside New Zealand.