The Qld Reds defeated the Canerbury Crusaders in last years decider. Source: News Limited/foxsports.com.au
The QLD Reds are amongst the early favourites for the 2012 Super Rugby crown after dominating the competition last season. Ewen McKenzie’s men won thirteen of their eighteen matches during the regular season and saw off the Blues in the semi-final before mounting a come from behind win against the Crusaders in the final. How the Reds fair at the start of the season without star flyhalf Quade Cooper could go a long way to determining their fate this year.
The Stormers won the South African conference last year and again look to be the strongest team from that division, while the NSW Waratahs and Sharks have also assembled strong squads.
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