2019 Super Rugby season

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2019 Super Rugby season
CountriesArgentina (1 team)
Australia (4 teams)
Japan (1 team)
New Zealand (5 teams)
South Africa (4 teams)
Tournament format(s)Conference and knockout
Official websiteOfficial site
2018 (Previous) (Next) 2020

The 2019 Super Rugby season will be the 24th season of Super Rugby, an annual rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR between teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. The 2019 season will be the second season using the reduced 15-team format consisting of three geographical conferences since being reduced from an 18-team competition in 2017.

Competition format[edit]

The 15 participating teams will be divided into three geographical conferences: the Australian Conference (consisting of four Australian teams and the Japanese Sunwolves), the New Zealand Conference (consisting of five New Zealand teams), and the South African Conference (consisting of four South African teams and the Jaguares from Argentina).[1]

In the group stages, there will be 18 rounds of matches, with each team playing 16 matches and having two rounds of byes, resulting in a total of 120 matches. Teams will play eight inter-conference matches and eight cross-conference matches; they will play all the other teams in their conference twice — once at home and once away — and play once against four of the teams in the other two conferences.

The top team in each of the three conferences will qualify for the quarterfinals, as do the next five teams with the best records across the three conferences, known as wildcards. The conference winners and best wildcard team will host the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will progress to the semifinal, and the winners of the semifinals will progress to the final.[1]

Matches[edit]

The fixtures for the 2019 Super Rugby competition were released on 12 June 2018.[2][3] The following matches will be played during the regular season:

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHI CRU HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA STO SUN WAR
Blues 31 May 18 May 16 Feb 22 Mar 10 May 30 Mar 9 Mar 6 Apr
Brumbies 4 May 24 May 23 Feb 13 Apr 15 Feb 15 Jun 12 May 15 Mar
Bulls 23 Mar 10 May 6 Apr 15 Jun 13 Apr 9 Mar 16 Feb 4 May
Chiefs 13 Apr 1 Jun 15 Feb 15 Mar 19 Apr 24 May 11 May 2 Mar
Crusaders 25 May 6 Apr 9 Mar 12 Apr 23 Feb 26 Apr 8 Jun 3 May
Highlanders 20 Apr 7 Jun 4 May 16 Mar 5 Apr 11 May 22 Feb 14 Jun
Hurricanes 15 Jun 1 Mar 27 Apr 29 Mar 8 Mar 17 May 4 May 23 Mar
Jaguares 2 Mar 27 Apr 23 Feb 30 Mar 16 Feb 8 Jun 4 May 14 Jun
Lions 2 Mar 18 May 8 Jun 9 Mar 16 Mar 5 Apr 1 Jun 11 May
Rebels 8 Mar 17 May 14 Jun 1 Mar 10 May 12 Apr 6 Apr 31 May
Reds 7 Jun 24 Mar 2 Mar 1 Jun 30 Mar 5 Apr 3 May 18 May
Sharks 23 Feb 30 Mar 1 Jun 13 Apr 25 May 23 Mar 19 Apr 2 Mar
Stormers 20 Apr 27 Apr 18 May 25 May 15 Mar 23 Feb 15 Jun 8 Jun
Sunwolves 1 Jun 26 Apr 19 Apr 23 Mar 25 May 16 Mar 16 Feb 23 Feb
Waratahs 8 Jun 23 Mar 16 Feb 25 May 20 Apr 9 Mar 27 Apr 29 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 15 February 2019. Source: https://sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Players[edit]

Squads[edit]

The following 2019 Super Rugby squads have been named:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sanzaar confirm Super 15 tournament from 2018". SuperXV. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ "2019 Super Rugby Draw Released" (Press release). SANZAAR. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 Super Rugby Draw - Final" (PDF). SANZAAR. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Blues promote from within for 2019" (Press release). Blues. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Former U20s prop completes Brumbies 2019 squad". Rugby.com.au. 16 October 2018. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Strength across the field for Gallagher Chiefs" (Press release). Chiefs. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Five new names in 2019 BNZ Crusaders squad" (Press release). Crusaders. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Pulse Energy Highlanders confirm squad for 2019 Super Rugby Season" (Press release). Highlanders. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Hurricanes opt for continuity in naming exciting 2019 squad" (Press release). Hurricanes. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Two new signings see St.George Queensland Reds finalise 2019 squad" (Press release). Queensland Reds. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "2019Squad". Sunwolves. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  12. ^ "NSW Waratahs confirm 2019 squad" (Press release). NSW Waratahs. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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