Super Rugby is one of the world’s leading club rugby union competitions – the premier southern hemisphere tournament featuring club sides from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and one team each from Argentina and Japan in a three conference set-up that runs from mid-February to July every year.
As well as being broadcast in participating nations, Super Rugby matches are routinely broadcast live across the globe, notably on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, ESPN in the USA and Canada, SuperSport in Africa, French pay-TV broadcaster Canal Plus. They are also streamed online in southeast Asia on RugbyPass.
There is little wonder, then, that many English betting websites offer punters the chance to place a range of bets on the game – from standard bets on the results of individual matches and tournament winners, or first-half second-half winners for example, to live in-game bets.
The bets on offer for Super Rugby vary from online bookmaker to online bookmaker, so it is worth checking websites for the type of bet you want to make.
The tournament has, historically, been dominated by teams from New Zealand – teams from outside the home of the All Blacks have won just seven titles since the first tournament in 1996. Only three finals have not featured a team from New Zealand.
It is currently divided into three five-team conferences – named Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Argentinian side Jaguares play in the South Africa conference, while Japan’s Sunwolves are in the Australian conference.
Crusaders are the most successful side in Super Rugby, winning nine competitions and appearing in another four finals. Teams from Argentina and Japan, both of which joined the competition in the 2016 season, have never made an appearance in the final.