Super Rugby Pacific History
Introduced in 2022, Super Rugby Pacific is one of the newest international rugby competitions. Although it’s officially a Super Rugby tournament, Super Rugby Pacific was created following a restructure that included a new format and new teams. This updated tournament is contested by 12 teams: five from Australia and five from New Zealand, as well as Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika.
Although a relatively new tournament, the origins of Super Rugby Pacific date back to 1996, when the first Super 12 competition was held. This inaugural season involved 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Ten years later in 2006, the tournament expanded for the first time and was renamed Super 14. There was an additional expansion in 2011 and the season became known as Super 15. Following this, Super Rugby briefly contained 18 teams between 2016 and 2017, before reverting back to being a 15-team tournament in 2018. This format remained until the coronavirus pandemic limited international travel.
Super Rugby Pacific Format
In Super Rugby Pacific, 12 teams compete in 14 games. Instead of being split into regional pools, each side faces the other teams once (either at home or away). The remaining three games for each side are then played on a regional basis, with an emphasis on derbies.
At the end of the regular Super Rugby Pacific season, the top eight sides qualify for the play-offs, where the first-ranked team play the eighth-ranked team, the second-ranked play the seventh-ranked, the third-ranked play the sixth-ranked and the fourth-ranked play the fifth-ranked. The higher ranked team hosts each play-off match.