Kicking off our previews of the Kiwi conferences, it seems appropriate to start with last years winners, the Hurricanes. The men in black and gold will be aiming to become the fifth team in Super Rugby history (and fourth Kiwi team), to win back-to-back championships.
The Hurricanes hail out of New Zealand’s beautiful capital, Windy Wellington. Until last year’s grand final, the Hurricanes had the rather depressing honour of being the only Kiwi team that had never won a Super Rugby title. But, last year on a rainy night in at the Cake Tin, they took down fellow foundation battlers, the Lions to claim their first ever championship after twenty-one years.
The Hurricanes have been arguably the most dominant side in Super Rugby for the last two seasons, finishing top of the table in 2015 and 2016. They have incredible talent and a solid coach. If they continue their incredible form, they will be the team to beat in 2017.