Super Rugby has become arguably the most prestigious franchise rugby tournament in the world, and with the competition now in its 19th year, we thought it was only right to look back at some of the biggest and best records the tournament has produced:
Youngest player to score a try
It was the young Justin Bieber-resembling Australian, James O’Connor, who still holds the title of youngest player to score a Super Rugby try. The talented outside back grabbed his first try while playing for the Western Force against the Brumbies in Perth in 2008,. He was 17 years, 316 days.
We have to salute New Zealand’s true hardman of rugby, Brad Thorn. The code-hopping forward is the oldest player to take to the field in a Super Rugby match, playing for the Highlanders at 39 years and 67 days old against the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on 11 April 2014.
James O’Connor holds another record in the current Super Rugby books, as the young Western Force star was officially the youngest player to ever debut. O’Connor was 17 years and 288 days old when he made his first appearance against the Reds on 18 April 2008 at Suncorp Stadium.
Biggest home win
The biggest home win ever recorded in a Super Rugby season was when the Bulls played host to the Reds. The men from Pretoria demolished the Queenslanders 92-3 on 5 May 2007.
Biggest away win
Everyone knew the Southern Kings were in for a tough season when they joined Super Rugby for the 2013 season, but no one saw the scoreline that was to come when they hosted the Waratahs. The scoreline ended 10-72 after 80 minutes, making the 62-point gap the biggest away win on 4 May 2013.
Super Rugby has always had a great turnout, and the final in last year’s competition produced the biggest crowd in the history of the tournament. On 2 August 2014, 61,823 people crammed into the ANZ Stadium in Sydney to see the Waratahs overcome the Crusaders to lift the 2014 trophy.
Most successive defeats
A not-so-pleasant but nonetheless notable record is that of the most successive defeats in Super Rugby. The Lions currently hold this unflattering title, with 15 consecutive losses from 2010-2011.
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