The Super Rugby Unlocked tournament was born in 2020, when the Super Rugby season was shut down because the coronavirus pandemic prevented international travel. As a result, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand all created their own national tournament.
In South Africa, this took the form of the Super Rugby Unlocked tournament. Organised by the South African Rugby Union, the tournament partially combined the Currie Cup and domestic Super Rugby tournaments. As a result, the seven-team competition featured the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers from Super Rugby, as well as the Cheetahs, Griquas and Pumas.
As part of the tournament, the seven teams faced each other once, either at home or away. The top-placed team at the end of the seven-week round-robin was awarded the Super Rugby Unlocked title. In 2020, this was the Bulls.