2020 Super Rugby season

The 2020 Super Rugby season was the 25th season of Super Rugby, an international men's rugby union competition organised by SANZAAR involving teams from Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. It is the third tournament in its current 15 team format, the last before the Japanese side the Sunwolves withdraw from the tournament ahead of a new format in 2021. The current champions are the Crusaders, who won their 10th title in 2019.

2020 Super Rugby season
Countries Argentina (1 team)
 Australia (4 teams)
 Japan (1 team)
 New Zealand (5 teams)
 South Africa (4 teams)
Tournament format(s)Conference and knockout
ChampionsSeason cancelled
Matches played46
Tries scored319 (6.93 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Curwin Bosch, Sharks (86)
Top try scorer(s) Andrew Kellaway, Rebels (7)
Official websiteOfficial site
2019 (Previous) (Next) 2021

On 14 March 2020, it was announced that play will be suspended after the conclusion of the weekend's fixtures, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a travel restriction that was announced by New Zealand earlier in the day.

Competition formatEdit

15 teams will partake in the 2020 edition of Super Rugby. They are split into three different '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]

The group stages consist of 18 rounds of matches spanning from 31 January 2020 until the beginning of June. Teams play 16 matches each across these 18 rounds with two bye weeks built into each of their schedules. Teams play each of their conference rivals home and away and then another eight matches against non-conference teams either home or away, but will play against a minimum of four of the teams in the other conferences.

The winner of each conference qualifies for the Super Rugby finals, along with the next five best teams from all the conferences. The winners of each conference and the best placed team host the quarterfinals. The winners of the quarterfinals then progress to the semifinals, and the winners of the semifinals to the final. The hosts of the semifinals and finals are determined on the team which has the best record from the regular season.[1]

COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two Sunwolves matches were moved to Australia from Japan. It was announced 12 March that although fans would still be admitted for that weekend's fixtures, future rounds held in Australia were to be played behind closed doors. On 14 March, New Zealand announced that all travellers entering the country from outside of the Pacific Islands would be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival; as this would make play logistically difficult, SANZAAR announced that the season would be suspended indefinitely following the completion of the seventh round of fixtures.[2][3][4][5]

Following the suspension, SANZAAR and regional rugby boards proposed regional tournaments to replace the Super Rugby fixtures that were cancelled. On 6 May, New Zealand Rugby announced that a Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, involving the five New Zealand teams, would begin on 13 June. The competition will be contested using a double round robin format, with 20 matches played over 10 weeks. On 27 May, Rugby Australia confirmed Super Rugby AU would begin on 3 July, involving the four Australian sides in the Australian conference and the Western Force, who played in Super Rugby until the 2017 season. The Sunwolves were also in discussions to take part in the Australian competition, but due to travel restrictions were unable to do so. Following this, the club was disbanded on 1 June, with the side having been due to leave Super Rugby at the end of the original 2020 season.[6] On 16 September, SA Rugby announced a 7 team competition between the four South African Super Rugby sides, plus the Cheetahs from Pro14, and the Griquas and Pumas from the Currie Cup, starting on 10 October.[7] On 18 September, the official details of the Super Rugby Unlocked tournament was announced, with the 7 teams playing each other in a round robin format over the course of 7 weeks, with the domestic Currie Cup competition continuing thereafter.[8]

StandingsEdit

The current standings for the 2020 Super Rugby season are:

2020 Super Rugby standings watchedit discuss
Overall standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Sharks 7 6 0 1 213 153 +60 25 19 0 0 24
2   Brumbies 6 5 0 1 208 115 +93 31 15 2 1 23
3   Crusaders 6 5 0 1 189 105 +84 26 15 3 0 23
4   Blues 7 5 0 2 192 134 +58 25 17 2 0 22
5   Chiefs 6 4 0 2 194 128 +66 27 18 2 1 19
6   Hurricanes 6 4 0 2 168 135 +33 22 17 1 0 17
7   Stormers 6 4 0 2 118 94 +24 16 10 1 0 17
8   Jaguares 7 3 1 3 169 135 +34 23 16 2 1 17
9   Rebels 6 3 0 3 166 160 +6 23 22 1 0 13
10   Reds 7 2 0 5 219 176 +43 32 25 2 3 13
11   Highlanders 6 1 1 4 91 163 –72 11 23 0 1 7
12   Bulls 6 1 0 5 115 152 –37 14 20 1 1 6
13   Lions 6 1 0 5 109 200 –91 14 27 0 1 5
14   Waratahs 6 1 0 5 104 214 –110 15 31 1 0 5
15   Sunwolves 6 1 0 5 101 292 –191 15 45 0 0 4
Australian Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Brumbies 5 4 0 1 161 101 +60 31 15 1 1 18
2   Rebels 6 3 0 3 166 160 +6 23 22 1 0 13
3   Reds 7 2 0 5 219 176 +46 32 25 2 3 13
4   Waratahs 5 1 0 4 90 167 –77 15 30 1 0 5
5   Sunwolves 5 1 0 4 87 243 –156 15 45 0 0 4
New Zealand Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Crusaders 6 5 0 1 189 105 +84 26 15 3 0 23
2   Blues 7 5 0 2 192 134 +58 25 17 2 0 22
3   Chiefs 6 4 0 2 194 128 +66 27 18 2 1 19
4   Hurricanes 6 4 0 2 168 135 +33 22 17 1 0 17
5   Highlanders 6 1 1 4 91 163 –72 11 23 0 1 7
South African Conference
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1   Sharks 6 5 0 1 189 139 +50 25 19 0 0 20
2   Stormers 5 4 0 1 104 70 +34 16 10 1 0 17
3   Jaguares 7 3 1 3 169 135 +34 23 16 2 1 17
4   Bulls 6 1 0 5 115 152 –37 14 20 1 1 6
5   Lions 6 1 0 5 109 200 –91 14 27 0 1 5

Round-by-roundEdit

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression – Australian Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Brumbies 4
(7th)
8
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
18
(3rd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
N/A N/A N/A
Rebels 0
(12th)
0
(13th)
4
(10th)
4
(11th)
8
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
13
(9th)
N/A N/A N/A
Reds 1
(8th)
2
(11th)
2
(13th)
7
(9th)
7
(10th)
8
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
13
(10th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sunwolves 4
(3rd)
4
(8th)
4
(11th)
4
(13th)
4
(14th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
4
(15th)
N/A N/A N/A
Waratahs 0
(13th)
0
(15th)
0
(15th)
0
(15th)
5
(12th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
5
(14th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – New Zealand Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Blues 0
(10th)
5
(6th)
5
(8th)
9
(7th)
13
(8th)
17
(6th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
22
(4th)
N/A N/A N/A
Chiefs 4
(6th)
8
(2nd)
13
(1st)
13
(4th)
13
(7th)
18
(2nd)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
19
(5th)
N/A N/A N/A
Crusaders 5
(2nd)
5
(7th)
9
(5th)
14
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(4th)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
23
(3rd)
N/A N/A N/A
Highlanders 0
(9th)
0
(14th)
4
(12th)
4
(12th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
7
(11th)
N/A N/A N/A
Hurricanes 0
(14th)
4
(10th)
8
(7th)
8
(8th)
13
(6th)
13
(8th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
17
(6th)
N/A N/A N/A
Team Progression – South African Conference
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 QF SF Final
Bulls 0
(11th)
0
(12th)
0
(14th)
1
(14th)
1
(15th)
6
(11th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
6
(12th)
N/A N/A N/A
Jaguares 5
(1st)
6
(5th)
10
(4th)
10
(6th)
15
(5th)
15
(7th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
17
(8th)
N/A N/A N/A
Lions 0
(15th)
4
(9th)
5
(9th)
5
(10th)
5
(11th)
5
(12th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
5
(13th)
N/A N/A N/A
Sharks 4
(5th)
8
(4th)
8
(6th)
12
(5th)
16
(4th)
20
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
N/A N/A N/A
Stormers 5
(4th)
9
(1st)
13
(2nd)
17
(1st)
17
(1st)
17
(5th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
17
(7th)
N/A N/A N/A
Key: Win Draw Loss Bye Cancelled Postponed

MatchesEdit

The fixtures for the 2020 Super Rugby competition were released on 10 September 2019.[10][11]

Home \ Away BLU BRU BUL CHI CRU HIG HUR JAG LIO REB RED SHA STO SUN WAR
Blues Cancelled 29–37 8–25 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 43–10 Cancelled
Brumbies 22–23 Cancelled Cancelled 39–26 27–24 Cancelled 47–14 47–14
Bulls 21–23 Cancelled 38–13 24–39 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
Chiefs Cancelled 14–26 Cancelled 25–15 Cancelled 24–27 Cancelled Cancelled
Crusaders Cancelled Cancelled 33–13 Cancelled Cancelled 24–20 Cancelled 49–14 43–25
Highlanders Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 22–28 20–42 Cancelled
Hurricanes 15–24 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 38–22 62–15 Cancelled
Jaguares Cancelled 0–0 can. 23–26 38–8 Cancelled 43–27 Cancelled Cancelled
Lions Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 27–20 Cancelled 30–33 Cancelled
Rebels Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 37–17 Cancelled 24–36 Cancelled 24–10
Reds Cancelled 41–17 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled 23–33 64–5 Cancelled
Sharks Cancelled 23–15 Cancelled Cancelled 33–19 Cancelled 24–14 Cancelled
Stormers 14–33 13–0 27–0 17–7 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
Sunwolves Cancelled 17–43 Cancelled 36–27 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
Waratahs 12–32 Cancelled Cancelled 14–51 29–17 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
First match(es) will be played on 31 January 2020. Source: https://sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayersEdit

SquadsEdit

The following 2020 Super Rugby squads have been named:

Top scorersEdit

The top ten try and point scorers during the 2020 Super Rugby season are:[28]

RefereesEdit

The following refereeing panel was appointed by SANZAAR for the 2020 Super Rugby season:[29]

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