Rugby

Rugby Championship draw out

2012-05-31 09:24
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Cape Town - Argentina will get their first taste of the new Castle Rugby Championship 2012 in South Africa, when they face the Springboks at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, August 18.

Rugby Championship draw, venues and kick-off times

SANZAR confirmed the final draw and kick-off times for the Rugby Championship 2012, where Argentina will join the three teams from the former Tri-Nations in a new elite tournament.

All three of the Springboks’ local matches - in Cape Town, Pretoria and Soweto - will kick off at 17:00.

The South African kick-off times of the Springboks’ tour matches are: 21:10 against Argentina in Mendoza on August 25; 12:35 against Australia in Perth on September 8 and 09:35 against New Zealand in Dunedin on September 15.

The opening day will see the introduction of the new ‘double-header’ format with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks in the opening game of the tournament. New Zealand, Australia and South Africa currently occupy the top three positions in the IRB World Rankings, with Argentina, who finished third at the Rugby World Cup in 2007, ranked seventh.

Sixteen rich years of competition in the Tri-Nations Series will now evolve into a never-before seen tournament which will not only give the Pumas a much-anticipated entry into a major world rugby tournament, but also see Australia, New Zealand and South Africa travel to Argentina to play.

There are two bye weeks to allow for travel in what will be arguably the toughest international tournament in world rugby, outside of the Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby Championship for 2012 runs from August 18 to October 6.

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