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Rugby Championship Fixtures

Four nations battle it out to decide the Southern Hemisphere’s 2016 rugby champion

The Springboks, our beloved national team, will takes to the field to compete in the Rugby Championship over the next three months. The annual sporting showdown, formerly known as the Tri-Nations Series, kicks off on Saturday, 20 August 2016 with two games; one in Sydney and one in Nelspruit.  

First played in 1996, the yearly tournament was born during the final stages of the 1995 Rugby World Cup and set up to create a competition for the world’s best of the best, all of which happen to be Southern Hemisphere rugby teams, to compete on an international level. Though the initial contest only included South Africa, Australia and New Zeland, since Argentina’s stellar performance in the 2007 Rugby World Cup (they reached third spot), it was decided that the South American team would join the tourney in 2012. Thus, the challenge was rebranded as the Rugby Championship.

The competition in its current design sees teams play a double round-robin format (each team faces all opposing teams twice) in a series of home and away games. Since its inception, the Springboks have won the title three times, Australia have taken the title four times, and the tough-as-nails New Zealand All Blacks have won a staggering 13 times. The Wallabies are the reigning champions, but locals hold high hopes that our boys in green and gold will seize this year’s title.

Take a peek at our Rugby Championship schedule for dates, times and venues for home and away games during the 2016 season. Also, if you’re in Cape Town and you want to catch one of the matches, check out our overview on places to watch rugby.

2016 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Date

Match

Time

Venue

AUGUST 2016

20 AUG

Australia vs. New Zealand

12:05pm

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

South Africa vs. Argentina

5:05pm

Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

27 AUG

New Zealand vs. Australia

9:35am

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Argentina vs. South Africa

9:40pm

Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta

SEPTEMBER 2016

10 SEPT

New Zealand vs. Argentina

9:35am

FMG Stadium, Hamilton

Australia vs. South Africa

12:05pm

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

17 SEPT

New Zealand vs. South Africa

9:35am

AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Australia vs. Argentina

12:05pm

NIB Stadium, Perth

OCTOBER 2016

1 OCT

South Africa vs Australia

5:05pm

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2 OCT

Argentina vs. New Zealand

12:10am

Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires

8 OCT

South Africa vs. New Zealand

5:05pm

Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Argentina vs. Australia

8:30pm

Twickenham, London

TICKETS FOR THE 2016 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Springbok rugger fans will be able to buy tickets online via Ticketpros.co.za or Computicket.com. Prices vary according to event and proximity to the field. There are no games being played in Cape Town.

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Interested in other rugby matches? Check out the 2016 Currie Cup schedule.

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