Super Rugby 2016: Team By Team Guide

All predicted finishes refer to the overall table while the top two read as champions and runners up in the knockout stage also. 

Blues

Star Man: Rene Ranger

One To Watch: George Moala

Predicted Finish: 9th

Best Thing About Them: Rene Ranger or their new jersey. Maybe Rene Ranger in the jersey.

Super Haka Fans: Richie Wells, David Woods, Paul Allen, John Willis, Harry Gleeson

Brumbies

Star Man: David Pocock

One To Watch: Matt Toomua

Predicted Finish: 4th

Best Thing About Them: David Pocock. Simples.

Super Haka Fans:  Eoghain Shelrock, Fionn McPeake, Gus Harrington, Cillian Frawley, Luke Callanan

Bulls

Star Man: Jesse Kriel

One To Watch:  Jan Serfontein

Predicted Finish: 11th

Best thing about them: Centres Serfontein and Kriel

Super Haka Fans: Robert St Leger, Robert Clarke, Murcha O’Connaill, Jamie Reidy, Adam Kent

Cheetahs

Star Man: Lood de Jager

One To Watch: Francois Venter

Predicted Finish: 14th

Best thing about them: De Jager is their only player, a good one at that.

Super Haka Fans: Mary Purtill, Adam Galvin, Niall Collins, Katie Kiely, Daithi McMahon

Chiefs

Star Man: Brodie Retallick

One To Watch: Damian McKenzie

Predicted Finish: 6th

Best thing about them: Genius tactics

Super Haka Fans:  Jack Wall, Aron Calvert, Dean Callinan, Kieran Ryan, Jordan Johnson

Crusaders

Star Man: Kieran Read

One To Watch: Nemani Nadolo

Predicted Finish: 10th
Best thing about them: Rich history, power of Nadolo

Super Haka Fans:  Aaron Deegan, Sam Leahy, Conor McInerney, Kevin Hammond, Jake Connolly

Western Force

Star Man: Nick Cummins

One To Watch: Ben McCalman

Predicted Finish: 15th

Best thing about them: The Honey Badger

Super Haka Fans: Evan Fitz, Niamh O’Brien, Colm Quilligan, Darragh Fenton, Cormac O’Flynn

Highlanders

Star Man: Aaron Smith

One To Watch: Malakai Fekitoa

Predicted Finish: 2nd

Best thing about them: Well rounded team, champions, flair of Fekitoa.

Super Haka Fans: Barry Hurley, Darragh Slattery, Luke Kelly, Frank Dooley, Darragh Curtin

Hurricanes

Star Man: Julian Savea

One To Watch: Nehe Milner-Skudder

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Best Thing about them: The bus – Julian Savea

Super Haka Fans: Kieran O’Malley, Mikey O’Gorman, Jordan Curry, Tom Russell, Cathal Hynes

Jaguares

Star Man: Juan Martin Hernandez

One To Watch: Santiago Cordero

Predicted Finish: 1st

Best Thing about them: They’re basically Argentina

Super Haka Fans: Ronan Calvert, Sam Golden, Mark Harrold, Chams Jagana, Dylan Counihan

Southern Kings

Star Man: Jurgen Visser

One To Watch: CJ Vellemen

Predicted Finish: 18th

Best thing about them: Nothing. In fact we just picked the two above players because of their Northern Hemisphere based namesakes.

Super Haka Fans: Laurence Hogan, Deirdre Murphy, Matthew Dillon, Padraig Cullinan, Ethan O’Sullivan

Lions

Star Man: Jaco Kriel

One To Watch: Faf de Klerk 

Predicted Finish: 12th

Best thing about them: Underrated beasts Jaco Kriel and Harold Vorster.

Super Haka Fans: Cian Long, Adam Barry, Jack Cosgrave, Thomas Joyce, Louis McCormick

Rebels

Star Man: Tamati Ellison

One To Watch: Mike Harris

Predicted Finish: 16th

Best Thing about them: Tamati Ellison’s immense offloading

Super Haka Fans: Enda Roche, Colim O’Halloran, David Keogh, Dylan Kelly, Evan O’Hallloran

Reds

Star Man: Ayumu Goromaru

One To Watch: Chris Feauai-Sautia

Predicted Finish: 13th

Best thing about them: Japanese hero, Ninja and goalkicker Ayumu Goromaru

Super Haka Fans: Paudi Hartigan, Conor Purcell, Ewan O’Brien, LJ Keegan, Jack Faulkner

Sharks

Star Man: Willie le Roux

One To Watch: Lwazi Mvovo

Predicted Finish: 8th

Best thing about them:  ‘Beeeaaassst’ Mtawarira.

Super Haka Fans: Diarmuid Bynres, Colin Meagher, Nathan Morris, Ryan Hodge, Gearoid Ryan

Stormers

Star Man: Damian De Allende

One To Watch: Seabelo Senatla

Predicted Finish: 7th

Best Thing about them: Big hits from likes of Etzebeth and De Allende.

Super Haka Fans: Jennifer Ryan, Michael Hand, David Ryan, Andrea Copues, Cian Hurley

Sunwolves

Star Man: Shota Horie

One To Watch: Tusi Pisi

Predicted Finish: 17th

Best thing about them: You can pretend their Japan despite having pretty much none of their World Cup stars.

Super Haka Fans: Ruairi Lane, Tom Egan, John Maher, Niall Counihan, Keith Hyland

Waratahs

Star Man: Bernard Foley

One To Watch: Michael Hooper

Predicted Finish: 5th

Best thing about them: Aussie stars Folau, Foley and Hooper in key positions.

Super Haka Fans: Archie McAlpine, Danny Taylor, James Quinlan, John Lohan, Conor O’Brien

 


Predicted Table

01) Jaguares

02) Highlanders

03) Hurricanes

04) Brumbies

05) Waratahs

06) Chiefs

07) Stormers

08) Sharks

09) Blues

10) Crusaders

11) Bulls

12) Lions

13) Reds

14) Cheetahs

15) Western Force

16) Rebels

17) Sunwolves

 18) Southern Kings

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