How Patriotic Should Super Rugby Fans Be – Country or Team?

|||How Patriotic Should Super Rugby Fans Be – Country or Team?


Now that there are only four teams left in Super Rugby 2014, should fans feel obliged to support the other team from their country or should people feel absolutely no obligation to support a team for their own country?

All three countries have at least one team left in Super Rugby 2014, should all New Zealand rugby supporters cheer for the Crusaders this weekend, even though they support the Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs or Blues?  In the same vain should all Springboks supporters even if they don’t support the Sharks support them in the Super Rugby 2014 semi-final?


In New Zealand, there is usually plenty of rivalry between Canterbury and fans from other provinces, but surely it is preferable to support the Crusaders against the Sharks, or is it?  The Crusaders have been referred to the All Blacks in drag, but because your team has been eliminated is it better to support them or a team from another country?

It also depends on if you still consider Super Rugby franchises to be representing their provinces that they are based in?

As a Highlanders fan, the Crusaders are one of our main rivals, but I would still rather see a New Zealand team win than an overseas based team.


We all remember when some Canterbury fans started supporting Australia when coach Robbie Deans was Wallabies coach!

Will you support/cheer for the remaining Super Rugby team from your country or because it is a rival, would you rather a team from another country wins?


By |2014-07-23T21:00:46+00:00July 23rd, 2014|

About the Author:

Scotty Donaldson is an All Blacks, Highlanders and long suffering Southland Stags rugby supporter who enjoys providing astute analysis through research and experience in sports writing. Super Rugby Tips provides him with the opportunity to provide valuable insight for punters with both fantasy and virtual rugby type competitions in mind. My highlights are the mighty Southland Stags winning the Ranfurly Shield first the first time in over 50 years in 2009 and being at Eden Park to watch the All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.