In 2014 The Rugby Championship will commence on 16 August, 2014 with a double header – first a Bledisloe Cup showdown between the Wallabies and All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, following by a Springboks vs Argentina clash at Loftus in Pretoria.
The 2014 season will conclude on 4 October, 2014 with a Springboks v All Blacks/Argentina v Wallabies double header.
Each team will play a home and and away fixture against each opponent, playing six matches in total, with The Rugby Championship comprising a total of twelve games of Test match rugby. The schedule includes two bye weekends.
In the 2014 Rugby Championship the Wallabies will play fixtures in Sydney (ANZ Stadium), Gold Coast (Skilled Park) and Perth (Patersons Stadium). Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will miss out on the Rugby Championship, but will host the third and final Bledisloe Test match on October 18 (outside of the Rugby Championship).
The Rugby Championship is an evolution of the highly-successful Tri-Nations tournament format, and now includes Argentina.
The Tri-Nations was adopted during the implementation of the professional era of rugby union in 1996 and until 2012 stood as the most competitive international rugby tournament outside of the Rugby World Cup since its inception.
Full Draw: The Rugby Championship 2014 fixtures