Thursday, July 07, 2011
As this season we've had a change of format, title, and branding with SANZAR's Super Rugby tournament, that means there is also a new trophy on offer for the winner of the final between the Reds and Crusaders in Brisbane this weekend.
The new trophy, as can be seen in the below video feature, was designed by a team in Sydney that took a whole host of elements into account when creating it. It is 65cm tall and features the three colours of all three competing nations, as was explained by SANZAR CEO Greg Peters.
"The shape of the trophy is cantered around three curved legs, each representing the conferences involved in the Super Rugby competition. Bold colours on each leg correspond to the conferences with gold for Australia, black for New Zealand, and green for the South African Conference," he said.
"Already, the respective Conference winners - the Reds (Australia), Stormers (SA) and Crusaders (NZ) have been presented with similar, scaled-down trophies for their achievements during the regular season. The champions trophy is the 'big one', and will become the ultimate symbol of Super Rugby supremacy in the years to come," he added.
While Peters went on to say that the legs of the trophy reaching up are a reference to players going for the ball in the lineout, Greg Martin of the Rugby Club felt it was more suited to be worn on the head, which may well happen this coming Saturday.
We'll find out soon if it will be James Horwill or Richie McCaw who gets to lift it for the first time.
Note: Thanks to the Rugby Club on Fox Sports for the feature.