As a whole, Super Rugby is shaping up to be a very good season, with a host of intriguing sides on the horizon.
Here are a few of the key things to look out for in 2019.
– The Jaguares have been one of the biggest surprises of the Rugby Championship so far, having made it to the final after defeating the Chiefs in the second round.
– They are currently the defending champions of the Super 12, and will face the All Blacks in the final.
– Argentina’s win over New Zealand means that the Jaguares will be competing in the World Cup in 2019, but they will be looking to add a second victory over the All Black side in New Zealand this weekend.
– It’s been a long time coming for the Chiefs, who made the semi-finals of the 2019 Rugby Championship in the last tournament before the Rugby World Cups.
They will be hoping to add another win over their rivals to the trophy cabinet in 2019 and, after defeating Japan on home soil, will be eager to get back into the World Cups for the first time since 2012.
– Australia’s return to the World Series after missing out on the final two years ago will be one of many big-game storylines heading into the tournament.
– Wales have been drawn in Group A alongside Italy and Argentina, with the All Blues facing Italy in the opening match.
– In Group B, France’s clash with Ireland will see the Scarlets taking on the Wallabies in the first game.
– South Africa will be fighting to retain their title as Rugby Champions for the third time, and there is a good chance they will go through to the semi final.
It remains to be seen whether the Jaguars and Argentina will be able to make it through to their respective semi-final games, with Argentina looking set to play New Zealand on home turf.
– Italy will face Scotland in the semi finals, but it remains to see whether the All Stars will be the team to beat in 2019 as they face a host the All Whites.
– There is still a chance the All-Stars could be able the make it past the semi round of 16 to face Scotland, as they play Australia in their semi final on home ground.
– With France and Italy, the All Aces and All Blacks will be in Group B along with the Crusaders, the Hurricanes, the Rebels, the Tigers and the Tippets.
– And, finally, there is the Six Nations, where the All Nations side will face Ireland, the Springboks and the Springhill All Blacks.
There is a great chance that all of the Six nations will have a chance to qualify for the World Champions Cup, with Scotland, France and Argentina all set to be in the running for the tournament’s most prestigious trophy.
– If all of these teams do make it, then there will be a lot to look forward to in 2019 Rugby.