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The Rugby Championship draw 2019

Adam Coleman wins a lineout for the Wallabies. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

The 2019 Rugby Championship draw is confirmed. Featuring the Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina, the tournament will take place between July and August.

The four nations will this year compete in a three-round tournament – shorter than the normal six rounds due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking place in September-November. Each team has just the single fixture against the remaining sides, rather than the full home-and-away schedule usually seen in the Rugby Championship.

The Rugby Championship sides will, however, each have one extra match after the tournament officially concludes. This won’t be played for competition points but will help the teams prepare for the World Cup and, in Australia and New Zealand’s case, count towards the Bledisloe Cup.

The World Cup, in conjunction with the absence of the June Tests due to the unbroken Super Rugby season, has also seen the championship brought forward a bit earlier than normal.

The Rugby Championship fixtures 2019

Date Time Teams Venue
Sun Jul 21 1:05 AM South Africa vs Australia Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sun Jul 21 4:05 AM Argentina vs New Zealand Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Sat Jul 27 5:35 PM New Zealand vs South Africa Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Sat Jul 27 7:45 PM Australia vs Argentina Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sat Aug 10 7:45 PM Australia vs New Zealand Optus Stadium, Perth
Sun Aug 11 5:40 AM Argentina vs South Africa Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Sat Aug 17 5:35 PM New Zealand vs Australia* Eden Park, Auckland
Sun Aug 18 1:05 AM South Africa vs Argentina* Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

All times are AEST.
*Match not part of the Rugby Championship


It was another dominant Rugby Championship for New Zealand in 2018, with the All Blacks claiming their third consecutive title and sixth in seven seasons.


The Wallabies endured a miserable season – largely viewed as the nadir of recent Australian international rugby history.

Australia netted just two wins, and only avoided a last-place finish by five points over Argentina in scoring differential.

2018 Rugby Championship results

Date Teams Venue Score
18 Aug Australia vs New Zealand ANZ Stadium, Sydney 38-13 (NZ)
18 Aug South Africa vs Argentina Kings Park Stadium, Durban 34-21 (RSA)
25 Aug New Zealand vs Australia Eden Park, Auckland 40-12 (NZ)
8 Sep New Zealand vs Argentina Trafalgar Park, Nelson 46-24 (NZ)
8 Sep Australia vs South Africa Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 23-18 (AUS)
15 Sep New Zealand vs South Africa Westpac Stadium, Wellington 36-34 (RSA)
15 Sep Australia vs Argentina Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast 23-19 (ARG)
29 Sep South Africa vs Australia Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabath 23-12 (RSA)
29 Sep Argentina vs New Zealand Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 35-17 (NZ)
6 Oct South Africa vs New Zealand Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria 32-30 (NZ)
6 Oct Argentina vs Australia Salta 45-34 (AUS)

Third Bledisloe Cup match (not for Rugby Championship points)

Date Teams Venue Score
27 Oct New Zealand vs Australia Nissan Stadium, Yokohama 37-20 (NZ)

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