Super Rugby is back in our lives, and to add more spice to this already much anticipated tournament, there will be a new format for the 2016 season – featuring four new conferences, three new teams and two new countries, Japan and Argentina. There are now 18 teams that will be competing for a new trophy that will be settled on the 6th of August after 142 nail biting encounters.
New Conferences and Rules:
Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs
New Zealand Conference:
Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders Highlanders, Hurricanes
Africa Conference 1:
Bulls, Cheetahs, Stormers, Sunwolves (Japan)
Africa Conference 2:
Kings, Lions, Sharks, Jaguars (Argentina)
15 Regular Season games per team (8 home/7 away or vice-versa over a two-year cycle)
Two byes per team
135 Regular Season and 7 Finals matches (up from 120 and 5 currently)
Eight-team knockout Super Rugby Finals Series to be staged over three weeks (5 qualifiers from the Australasian Group and 3 from the South African Group)
The four Conference winners automatically qualify for the Finals Series, along with the next three highest-ranked Australasian Group (Australia and NZ) teams and the next highest-ranked African Conference team.
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