Super Rugby 2017: 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: Sonny Bill Williams

One To Watch: Rieko Ioane

Predicted Finish: 6th

Best Thing About Them: Sonny Bill or their jersey. Maybe Sonny Bill in the jersey.

Super Haka Fans: Ronan Calvert, Conor Hayes, Evan Fitzpatrick,  Gavin Noonan, John Maher

Brumbies

Star Man: Tevita Kuridrani

One To Watch: Henry Speight

Predicted Finish: 7th

Best Thing About Them: Their rumbling, brumbling maul

Super Haka Fans: Evan Kelly, Danny Griffin, Caolan Scully, Darragh Slattery, Matthew Dillon

Bulls

Star Man: Jesse Kriel

One To Watch:  Handre Pollard

Predicted Finish: 10th

Best thing about them: Centres Serfontein and Kriel

Super Haka Fans: Rhys Foley, Cathal Hayes, Mark McGuire, Diarmuid Byrnes, Jack Cosgrave

Cheetahs

Star Man: Francois Venter

One To Watch: Quintin Vorster

Predicted Finish: 15th

Best thing about them: Eh I like their name, kinda.

Super Haka Fans: Ben France, John O’Donnell, Cathal Flannery, Bryan Barrett, Jack Purcell

Chiefs

Star Man: Damian McKenzie

One To Watch: Anton Lienert-Brown

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Best thing about them: Very young and exciting players

Super Haka Fans: Aaron Deegan, Ruairi Lane, Conor Ryan, Niamh O’Brien, Liam O’Sullivan

Crusaders

Star Man: Kieran Read

One To Watch: Richie Mo’unga

Predicted Finish: 9th

Best thing about them: Ability to perform when it matters most.

Super Haka Fans: Ewan O’BrienDave Ryan, Rory Desmond, Liam Farrell, Will Finnane

Western Force

Star Man: Nick Cummins

One To Watch: Dane Haylett-Petty

Predicted Finish: 16th

Best thing about them: The Honey Badger

Super Haka Fans: Sean Mason, Rory Shanahan, Colin O’Halloran, Cian Hurley, Chris Healan

Highlanders

Star Man: Ben Smith

One To Watch: Tevita Li

Predicted Finish: 2nd

Best thing about them: All the flair associated with the All Blacks,  very consistent.

Super Haka Fans: Jason O’Reilly, Nathan Dowling, Cian Moloney, Peter Boohan, Niall McNamara

Hurricanes

Star Man: Beaude Barrett

One To Watch: Jordie Barrett

Predicted Finish: 1st

Best Thing about them: The amazing tries they score every week

Super Haka Fans: David Woods, Dean Callinan, Sean Airey, Jack Collopy, Adam Barry

Jaguares

Star Man: Facundo Isa

One To Watch: Santiago Cordero

Predicted Finish: 13th

Best Thing about them: They’re basically Argentina

Super Haka Fans: Conor McInerney, Louis McCormack, Cian Gorey, Ethan O’Sullivan, Matthew Jenningsk

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: Ronan McElligott, Katie Kiely,  Mikey O’Gorman, Richie Wells, Catherine Crawford

Lions

Star Man: Faf de Klerk

One To Watch: Ruan Combrink

Predicted Finish: 4th

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

Super Haka Fans: David Ryan, Harry Coyne , Ryan Hodge, Justin Norden, Graham Kirwan

Rebels

Star Man: Reece Hodge

One To Watch: Sean McMahon

Predicted Finish: 12th

Best Thing about them: Exciting centre partnership in Reece Hodge and Tamati Ellison

Super Haka Fans: Cillian Frawley, Cillian Toland, Brian Murphy, Jack Dillon, Cathal Hynes, Jamie Hamilton

Reds

Star Man: Stephen Moore

One To Watch: Quade Cooper

Predicted Finish: 14th

Best thing about them: Their Wallaby old guard, particularly Irish-Australian bald eagle and Aussie captain Stephen Moore.

Super Haka Fans: Jamie Hamilton, Ronan Moloney, Dylan Kelly, Barry Hurley, Craig Finn

Sharks

Star Man: Pat Lambie

One To Watch: Lwazi Mvovo

Predicted Finish: 11th

Best thing about them:  ‘Beeeaaassst’ Mtawarira.

Super Haka Fans: Craig CarewDaniel Beck, Dave McMahon, Sandra Moloney, Alex O’Connor

Stormers

Star Man: Damian De Allende

One To Watch: Huw Jones

Predicted Finish: 5th

Best Thing about them: Young stars, especially Scottish centre Huw Jones

Super Haka Fans: Paul Hurley, Kieran Ryan, Cian O’Reilly, Ben Davey, Chams Jagana, Maks Zerdel

Sunwolves

Star Man: Shota Horie

One To Watch: Ed Quirk

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: Adam Geraghty, Anthony Creed, Hiram Wood, Paddy Harnett, Adrian Sullivan

Waratahs

Star Man: Michael Hooper

One To Watch: Israel Folau

Predicted Finish: 8th

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

Super Haka Fans: Jamie Ryan, Matthew Hayes, Adam Ahern, Ross Walsh, Kieran O’Malley


Predicted Table

01) Hurricanes

02) Highlanders

03) Chiefs

04) Lions

05) Stormers

06) Blues

07) Brumbies

08) Waratahs

09) Crusaders

10) Bulls

11) Sharks

12) Rebels

13) Jaguares

14) Reds

15) Cheetahs

16) Western Force

17) Sunwolves

18) Southern Kings

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