In 2012 The Rugby Championship will replace the existing Tri Nations rugby tournament, with Argentina joining the All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks in a revamped southern hemisphere rugby competition.
The Rugby Championship will commence on 18 August, 2012 with a Bledisloe Cup showdown between the Wallabies and All Blacks at ANZ Stadium, and conclude on 6 October, 2012 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.
In the 2012 Rugby Championship the Wallabies will play fixtures in Sydney (ANZ Stadium), Gold Coast (Skilled Park) and Perth (Subiaco Oval).
The establishment of The Rugby Championship is seen as a significant step forward in the growth of international rugby with the expanded tournament format expected to improve not only the emerging Argentina but the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks as well.
It comes off the back of the highly-successful Tri-Nations tournament format that was adopted during the implementation of the professional era of rugby union in 1996 and has stood as the most competitive international rugby tournament outside of the Rugby World Cup since its inception.