Super Rugby Team Previews 2016

Date published: February 16 2016

Read up on our collection of team previews as they’re published ahead of the start of the new 2016 Super Rugby season later this month.


“Hopes are high for the first Super Rugby franchise from Argentina, who out of the three new sides coming into the competition look in the best position to be successful based on the quality of their squad.”


“Many critics and experts alike wrote off Japan’s chances at the World Cup last year though and don’t be surprised if the Sunwolves produce a few similarly surprising results throughout the course of the 2016 Super Rugby season…”


“Judging from happenings at the Port Elizabeth-based franchise in recent months, they face an uphill battle.”


“The men from Perth have blown hot and cold over recent Super Rugby campaigns and know that after a disappointing 2015, the only way is up.”


“Under a new head coach there is a fair chunk of optimism at Eden Park heading into 2016’s campaign, with Tana Umaga having taken over the reins from Sir John Kirwan.”


“Looking to arrest their steady decline since lifting the Super Rugby title in 2011, the Reds will be fielding a drastically different squad to the one we’ve become used to seeing in recent times.”


“Head coach Franco Smith is highly rated in South Africa but will be under pressure to deliver the goods, as several high profile players have moved on to greener pastures during the off season.”


“In an effort to right the wrongs of 2015, there are changes aplenty. The Sharks started with an overhaul of their coaching panel.”


“After a five-place climb up the standings in 2015, it’s clear the Rebels are heading in the right direction under head coach Tony McGahan.”


“The glory days have drifted further away with each passing year for the Bulls as the three-time champions have struggled to adapt to the changing face of world rugby.”


“The men from Johannesburg have made tremendous strides in recent years after years of misery in the competition.”


“It’ll be a strange sight watching the Crusaders run out at AMI Stadium without Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in the red and black after years of outstanding service.”


“With smart recruitment and having retained the core of their squad from last season the Canberra outfit, spearheaded by the outstanding David Pocock, appear to have all the elements for success.”


“The two-time champions have some uncertainty surrounding this season as a global superstar juggles two forms of the game while experienced heads have moved on.”


“The 2014 champions are without some familiar faces and under the guidance of a new head coach Daryl Gibson as we approach the news season but a quality spine remains to one of Australia’s best prospects for a Super Rugby title.”


“Allister Coetzee has been replaced as head coach by Robbie Fleck who has promised that the side will change their style of play from a conservative game-plan to an expansive one with an emphasis on 15-man rugby.”


“The loss of four of their most experienced players will surely be felt, but the ‘Canes nevertheless still have a very strong looking squad and must be considered title contenders.”


“First-time champions in 2015, the Highlanders excited the watching masses around the world as they edged the Hurricanes to glory last season.”