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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.
|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
|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)
|27 Oct||New Zealand vs Australia||Nissan Stadium, Yokohama||37-20 (NZ)|