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The Rugby Championship 2013 Fixtures – Dates & Draw

January 20th, 2013 4 Comments

The Rugby Championship 2013 Draw – Dates & Fixtures

The 2013 Investec Rugby Championship tournament will consist of double round-robin home and away matches between New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina. The competition is an evolution of the Tri-Nations tournament that was first contested in 1996.

The Investec Rugby Championship 2013 will kick off on the August 17 when Australia host New Zealand at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The tournament will end on October 5, 2013 when the Pumas host Australia in Argentina.

The New Zealand All Blacks will be defending the trophy after they dominated the competition in the inaugural 2012 Rugby Championship, winning 6 out of 6 matches.

Here is the schedule of Test matches for the 2013 Investec Rugby Championship:

Round KO Date/Time NZ Game Venue
Round 1 17-Aug-2013 10:05pm Australia Vs New Zealand ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Round 1 18-Aug-2013 1.00am South Africa Vs Argentina Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Round 2 24-Aug-2013 7:35pm New Zealand Vs Australia Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Round 2 25-Aug-2013 7:10am Argentina Vs South Africa Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina
Round 3 7-Sep-2013 7:35pm New Zealand Vs Argentina Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
Round 3 7-Sep-2013 10:05pm Australia Vs South Africa Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Round 4 14-Sep-2013 7:35pm New Zealand Vs South Africa Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Round 4 14-Sep-2013 10:05pm Australia Vs Argentina Subiaco Oval, Perth, Australia
Round 5 29-Sep-2013 3:00am South Africa Vs Australia Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
Round 5 29-Sep-2013 11:40am Argentina Vs New Zealand Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Round 6 6-Oct-2013 3:00am South Africa Vs New Zealand Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Round 6 6-Oct-2013 11:40am Argentina Vs Australia Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina

Download the Rugby Championship Draw 2013 in PDF format

In addition to the Rugby Championship trophy, the winner of games played during the tournament between Australia and New Zealand also go toward determining the winner of the Bledisloe Cup each year. Similarly, the Mandela Challenge Plate between Australia and South Africa, and the Freedom Cup is contested between New Zealand and South Africa.

Investec Rugby Championship 2013 Standings

Pos. Team P W D L PF Against Diff 4 Tries 7 Point Loss TOTAL
1 New Zealand (All Blacks) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Australia (Wallables) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 South Africa (Springboks) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Argentina (Pumas) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Determining the Winner of the Rugby Championship 2013

Points will be awarded on the following basis:

  • Win - 4 points
  • Draw - 2 points
  • Loss - 0 points for loss of more than 7 points
  • Bonus - 1 point for 4 tries or more
  • Bonus - 1 point for loss within 7 points or less

Additional Factors

  • In the event of two or more teams being equal on competition points for any position on the competition table such position shall be determined by the team with the most wins in The Rugby Championship.
  • In the event of (i) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined by the team with the most wins against the other team/s tied on the same points.
  • In the event of (ii) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the margin of points scored for and against in the series. The team with the highest margin of points scored for and against being considered as the winner.
  • In the event of (iii) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the margin of points scored for and against by those competing teams. The team with the highest margin of points scored for and against being considered as the winner.
  • In the event of (iv) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the basis of the team scoring most tries in the series.
  • In the event of (v) above not providing a decision, the Series shall be shared between the two teams.
UPDATE: (15 Jan 2013) Draw released for The Rugby Championship 2013

SANZAR today announced the full draw for The Rugby Championship’s second year, kicking off with a popular clash between the Wallabies and 2012 season’s winners, the All Blacks, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday 17 August.

That same day the Springboks will host the Pumas at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

The Pumas will replicate the 2012 draw for their home matches and the Pumas will play their first home match of The Rugby Championship in Round Two against the Springboks at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza on Saturday 24 August, with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington the same day.

Test matches in Brisbane, Hamilton, Perth, Auckland, Cape Town and La Plata will follow during The Rugby Championship in 2013.

The final round will be played in Johannesburg between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Coca-Cola Park Stadium, while the Pumas will host the final match of the Championship by hosting the Wallabies at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, in Rosario.

The two travel byes will take place on Saturday 31 August and Saturday 21 September respectively.

SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said it was exciting to release the draw for The Rugby Championship as Test rugby closed out for the year.

“In 2012 we saw The Rugby Championship played for the first time, welcoming the Pumas into the fold alongside the original Tri-Nations teams, which saw the All Blacks claim inaugural success with an unbeaten charge to the title,” Peters said.

“The Rugby Championship will again feature the best teams in the world. With the recent End of Year Tests yielding 10 victories for our competing rugby nations.”

“The Pumas claimed a historic win in Cardiff against Six Nations champions Wales, the Springboks went through Europe unbeaten, while the All Blacks and Wallabies won three of their four Tests.”

Mr Peters said that the new dimension that Argentina brought to The Rugby Championship was evident with the fan response through the six rounds.

“A total of over 16 million viewers tuned into the twelve Tests of The Rugby Championship and an average of 44,000 attended the matches, which saw stadiums at 91% capacity, with the 88,739 crowd that saw the All Blacks come back from a half time deficit to defeat the Springboks 32-16 at FNB Stadium in Soweto the most attended match of the season,” Peters said.

“The first round of action, with the Wallabies playing the All Blacks in Sydney, and the Springboks hosting the Pumas in Bloemfontein, will have added spice considering the last time each of these two nations played – the result was an 18-18 and 16-16 draw respectively.”

“We are also pleased to announce that the format for 2013 will be consistent with the recent season to enable Unions and fans to have certainty on which weekends matches will be played in their territories.”

Full kick off times will be confirmed at a later date by SANZAR, as will all other particulars involving The Rugby Championship in 2013.

In The News and On The Web

SANZAR REVEALS DRAW FOR THE INVESTEC RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

AllBlacks.com - Jan 16, 2013

SANZAR has announced the full draw for The Rugby Championship’s second year, kicking off with a popular clash between the Wallabies and 2012 season’s winners, the All Blacks, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday 17 August, 2013

That same day the Springboks will host the Pumas at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

The Pumas will replicate the 2012 draw for their home matches and the Pumas will play their first home match of The Rugby Championship in Round Two against the Springboks at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza on Saturday 24 August, with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington the same day.

Test matches in Brisbane, Hamilton, Perth, Auckland, Cape Town and La Plata will follow during The Rugby Championship in 2013.

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ALL BLACKS FACE AUSSIES EARLY IN 2013 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

New Zealand Herald - Jan 15, 2013

The All Blacks will begin their defence of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney before a return encounter a week later in Wellington.

In the draw released by Sanzar today, the All Blacks will play the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday August 17.

That same day the Springboks will host the Pumas at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Argentina, who joined the former Tri Nations last year for the first time, will replicate the 2012 draw for their home matches, with the Pumas playing their first home match of the Championship in round two against the Springboks at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza on August 24, with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington the same day.

The All Blacks, unbeaten in the Championship last year, play the Springboks at Eden Park and Johannesburg and the Pumas at Waikato Stadium and La Plata, Buenos Aires.

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WALLABIES FACE TOUGH START TO CHAMPIONSHIP

Sydney Morning Herald - Jan 15, 2013

Australia face another daunting start to the Rugby Championship with back-to-back clashes against the world champion All Blacks to kick off their 2013 campaign.

Governing body SANZAR released the draw for the second installment of the four-nation tournament on Tuesday. The order of matches is the same as last year but some venues differ.

The Wallabies open the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, August 17, and must recoup to face New Zealand again seven days later on their home soil.

If there's a silver lining for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, it is that his men won't have to play the All Blacks at their graveyard, Auckland's Eden Park. That match is scheduled for Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

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NEW ZEALAND START CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENCE IN SYDNEY

Reuters - Jan 15, 2013

New Zealand will begin the defence of their Rugby Championship crown against Australia in Sydney on Aug. 17, organisers said on Tuesday.

The World Cup-winning All Blacks will then host the Wallabies in Wellington before facing Argentina in Hamilton and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.

They finish their campaign on the road, firstly taking on Argentina before moving on to Johannesburg to face the Springboks on Oct. 5.

Argentina, who lost five matches and drew one in their tournament debut last year, will again begin their campaign away to South Africa before hosting the Springboks the following week.

SANZAR Ceo Greg Peters said the inclusion of Argentina into the expanded Tri-Nations had been a success.

"A total of over 16 million viewers tuned into the 12 tests of the Rugby Championship and an average of 44,000 attended the matches, which saw stadiums at 91 percent capacity," the New Zealander said.

"The first round of action, with the Wallabies playing the All Blacks in Sydney, and the Springboks hosting the Pumas in Bloemfontein, will have added spice considering the last time each of these two nations played - the result was an 18-18 and 16-16 draw respectively."

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WALLABIES TO OPEN THEIR 2013 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN WITH BACK-TO-BACK CLASHES AGAINST ALL BLACKS

news.com.au - Jan 15, 2013

Governing body SANZAR released the draw for the second instalment of the four-nation tournament on Tuesday, with the order of matches the same as last year, but some different venues.

The Wallabies open The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Saturday, August 17 and must recoup to face New Zealand again seven days later on their home soil.

If there's a silver lining for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans it's that his men won't have to play the All Blacks at their graveyard, Auckland's Eden Park, with the match scheduled for Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Last year the Wallabies were swamped 22-0 in their bid to break a 26-year drought at Eden Park and the match sealed New Zealand's 10th straight year holding the Bledisloe Cup.

Australia must win one of the first two fixtures against New Zealand to keep alive hopes of stealing back the Bledisloe, with a third match to be played after The Rugby Championship on October 19, 2013.

The third Bledisloe is slated for Dunedin - meaning the Wallabies will avoid Eden Park altogether for only the second time in nine years.

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4 Responses

  1. Ken

    December 21, 2012

    Hi
    I see you have the 2013 schedule up for the Rugby Championship but there is no mention of the schedule on any of the main union websites. Are these dates and venues you have definitely official? Regards Ken

    Reply
  2. Johnny Kasper

    January 3, 2013

    Always good to welcome the worlds best team and world number champion back in South Africa……another thriller awaiting.

    Reply
  3. Sapati

    April 15, 2013

    Hello there.I enjoy it every time these teams goes head to head with each other.Also nice adition to the competition the Pumas.It seems forever.Bring it on guys.I am excited

    Reply

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