Super Rugby 2018: Team By Team Guide

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Super Rugby returns to our screens this weekend and how we’re glad to have it back.


Star Man: Sonny Bill Williams

One To Watch: Rieko Ioane

Predicted Finish: 7th

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

Super Haka Fans: Harry Coyne, Conor O’Brien Gary Kelly, Ronan Calvert, Robbie Alcock


Star Man: David Pocock

One To Watch: Christian Leali’ifano

Predicted Finish: 8th

Best Thing About Them: David Pocock. The beast is back.

Super Haka Fans: Dylan Kelly, Larry Power, Dean Callinan, Craig Finn, Liam Sheehy


Star Man: Jesse Kriel

One To Watch: Handre Pollard

Predicted Finish: 10th

Best thing about them: Their kit is generally nicer than their rugby, so I guess that gets our vote.

Super Haka Fans: David Moylan, Colin O’Halloran Breda Harkins, Liam Neilan, Nathan Shaughnessy


Star Man: Damian McKenzie

One To Watch: Anton Lienert-Brown

Predicted Finish: 4th

Best thing about them: The smiling assassin Damian McKenzie. The kid has it all.

Super Haka Fans: Evan Kelly, Padraig O’Brien, Tony Murphy, Donnagh Hennebry, Nathan Kennedy


Star Man: Kieran Read
One To Watch: Richie Mo’unga

Predicted Finish: 2nd

Best thing about them: ROG. Of course.

Super Haka Fans: Adam Ahern, Jamie Hamilton, Darragh Slattery, Colm O’Ciardha, Murcha O’Conaill


Star Man: Ben Smith
One To Watch: Waisake Naholo

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Best thing about them: Memorizing backs from Aaron Smith and Lima Sopoanga to Waisake Naholo and Ben Smith.

Super Haka Fans: Adam Ahern, Jamie Hamilton, Darragh Slattery, Colm O’Ciardha, Murcha O’Conaill


Star Man: Beauden Barrett

One To Watch: Asafo Aumua

Predicted Finish: 1st

Best thing about them: They might just have one of the most dangerous backlines ever seen. Perenara, B Barrett, Savea, Laumape, Aso, Milner-Skudder, J Barrett – unstoppable.

Super Haka Fans:  Robert Clarke, Ewan O’Brien, James Kelly, Jack Dillon, Sylvia O’Halloran


Star Man: Agustin Creevy

One To Watch: Emilliano Boffelli

Predicted Finish: 12th

Best Thing about them: They’re basically Argentina, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Super Haka Fans: Hugh Brady, Liam O’Sullivan, Aaron Deegan, Barry Hurley, John O’Donnell


Star Man: Malcolm Marx

One To Watch: Kwagga Smith

Predicted Finish: 5th

Best thing about them: They’re just about the last thing South African rugby have to be proud of.

Super Haka Fans: Mike McCarthy, Ciara Purcell, Jack Purcell, Charlie Foley, David Ryan


Star Man: Will Genia

One To Watch: Reece Hodge

Predicted Finish: 13h

Best Thing about them: Typically average, but some new signings may just freshen things up this season.

Super Haka Fans: Louis McCormick, Kieran Walsh, Daniel Beck, Keith Hyland, Liam Coakley


Star Man: Samu Kerevi

One To Watch: George Smith

Predicted Finish: 15th

Best thing about them: World Cup winning former Leinster lock Brad Thorn is their coach…and would probably be their best player too if he was still playing.

Super Haka Fans: Catherine Crawford, Jack Oliver, Cillian Frawley, Cian Hurley, LJ Keegan


Star Man: Tendai Mtwarira

One To Watch: Jean-Luc Du Preez

Predicted Finish: 11th

Best thing about them: ‘Beeeaaassst’ Mtawarira.

Super Haka Fans: Ken O’Con, Laurence Hogan, Dan McCarthy, Richie Wells, John Lillis


Star Man: Eben Etzebeth

One To Watch: Saebelo Sinatla

Predicted Finish: 6th

Best Thing about them: Eben Etzebeth and his 19 inch circumference biceps.

Super Haka Fans: Paul Hurley, David Benn, Caolan Scully, Kieran Ryan, Ruth Meedham


Star Man: Michael Leitch

One To Watch: Gerhard Van den Heever

Predicted Finish: 14th

Best thing about them: Thanks to the Japanese side, you now know that former Munster man Gerhard Van den Heever is alive and well.

Super Haka Fans: John Kelleher, Ian Cullen, Paudi Hartigan, Maciej Jurizicz, Adam Geraghty


Star Man: Michael Hooper

One To Watch: Israel Folau

Predicted Finish: 9th

Best thing about them: Michael Hooper’s luscious locks.

Super Haka Fans: Matthew Jennings, Michael Togher Clancy, Rhys Foley, Keith O’Brien, Kyle Mullins

Predicted Table

01) Hurricanes

02) Crusaders

03) Highlanders

04) Chiefs

05) Lions

06) Stormers

07) Blues

08) Brumbies

09) Waratahs

10) Bulls

11) Sharks

12) Jaguares

13) Rebels

14) Sunwolves

15) Reds

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