SANZAR announce Rugby Championship fixtures

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 9 Nov 2011 at 07:14
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The replacement for the Tri-Nations is here: it’s called “The Rugby Championship” and will see South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and new boys Argentina compete for an all-new trophy – and the title of Southern Hemisphere champions – between August and October next year.

With a fourth side added to the bill, there was no way that the Tri-Nations name could be retained and with the organisers not wanting to limit their options by adding the number of participants to the name again, the “Four Nations” option was seemingly a non-starter. While the chosen competition title has been criticised in some circles for being a tad bland, it is hardly misleading, in that the fours participants are regularly rated amongst the top 5 or 6 teams in the world and between them have won all bar one of the Rugby World Cup tournaments played to date.

The new competition will see each side play every other on a home-and-away basis, with two matches taking place each weekend. The added logistical complexity caused by Argentina’s inclusion has mandated the addition of two “travel bye” weekends and while this will add to the workload of the players, it is reassuring to see that matches will indeed be played in Argentia, rather than forcing the new boys to artificially relocate to one of the other teams’ bases for the duration of the competition.

The competition will be sponsored by Castle and known as “The Castle Rugby Championship” within South Africa. Next year’s fixtures are as follows:

The Rugby Championship fixtures:

18 August 2012: Australia vs New Zealand

South Africa vs Argentina

25 August 2012: New Zealand vs Australia

Argentina vs South Africa

1 September 2012: Travel Bye

8 September 2012: Australia vs South Africa

New Zealand vs Argentina

15 September 2012: Australia vs Argentina

New Zealand vs South Africa

22 September 2012: Travel Bye

29 September 2012: South Africa vs Australia

Argentina vs New Zealand

6 October 2012: South Africa vs New Zealand

Argentina vs Australia


  • Once again we get screwed!

    One home game and then on the road for 5 weeks before coming home again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.11.11 07:21:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Only 4 weeks, but I get your drift.

    It’s us getting screwed because we are the only side who have an away game on both sides of a bye.

    All the other sides can either go home during their bye to start preparing for a home game, or stay at home during the bye before flying out.

    Pisses me off, but not much we can do.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.11.11 08:00:09 by hendrikp Reply
  • I wonder how much the Aussies pay Marinos to curl up and play dead at there meetings? 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.11.11 08:08:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • What a shit name!

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.11.11 08:09:30 by Ben Reply
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  • “The Rugby Championship” Wow! Well done SANZAR!

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.11.11 08:10:58 by Ben Reply
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  • Hopefully SA wont get the wooden spoon as often again 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.11.11 08:25:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Maybe it will favour us the next year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.11.11 08:27:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • NZ won the World Cup, the Lions won the Currie Cup, but who won the Sharksworld Cups?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.11.11 08:28:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) :

    Unlikely as Australia & NZ are so close to each other, so flying home for a bye makes almost no difference. They’ll set it up so that they face each other before or after each bye.

    SA & Argie are the big losers in this case, unless Australia & NZ have their games in the first and last week of the tournament.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.11.11 09:00:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) : What I’m saying is, maybe next year we will have a bye after traveling.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.11.11 09:17:04 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 10) :

    Wouldn’t make a difference.

    Anyway you do the schedule, we are at a disadvantage.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.11.11 09:30:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 10) : We actually have byes after traveling 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.11.11 10:10:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : Well then we always will be. Lets get used to it and find a way to take advantage of it.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.11.11 10:14:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Rob. Thanks for writing about this for me. 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.11.11 10:30:04 by klempie Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 4) : What’s the bet it sounds really cool in Spanish :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.11.11 12:06:23 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 15) : Okay maybe not 🙁

    La SANZAR (Entidad que reúne a las Uniones de Sudáfrica, Nueva Zelanda y Australia) ha confirmado que, a partir de 2012, Argentina —junto a Sudáfrica, Nueva Zelanda y Australia— participará en el “Rugby Championship”, la emocionante e innovadora competición que reemplazará al Torneo del Tres Naciones.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.11.11 12:09:49 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.11.11 12:13:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Playing away from home does not make any difference to a team’s chances of being competitive…ask regular Grand Slammers New Zealand…. 😐

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.11.11 12:26:46 by Predawn Reply

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  • If the Boks look for any more excuses for being poor…other than mismanagement, political meddling and weak coaching…..they could go back to the old favourite…travel….and be laughed at again.

    Depending on who the coach will be, I am considering investing in an Argentinian jersey for next year. They might win a few games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.11.11 12:31:43 by Predawn Reply

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  • and the idiots at beeld are saying bokke kon nie vir beter gevra het nie

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.11.11 16:35:45 by BR Reply
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