Cape Town - The Springboks will return to
Buenos Aires for the first time in 10 years when they face Argentina in a
special round of matches in preparation for the Rugby World Cup following the Rugby
Championship, SANZAR announced on Monday.
With the 2015 Rugby World Cup looming
large, the four Rugby Championship teams will play an additional round of international
matches on Saturday, August 15 following the conclusion of the competition a
This round will see New Zealand host
Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, while the Springboks will battle it out with
Argentina in Buenos Aires - a venue they last visited in 2005 when they
defeated Argentina 34-23. The venue and time of the Springboks’ match will be
announced in due course.
Meanwhile, the Springboks will begin their Rugby
Championship campaign against Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on
Saturday, July 18 at 12:05 (SA time) before returning to South Africa for
back-to-back Tests against New Zealand and Argentina respectively in
Johannesburg (July 25 - 17:05) and in Durban (August 8 - 17:05).
New Zealand and Australia will kick off the
condensed tournament in Christchurch on Friday July 17, while the clash between
South Africa and Argentina at Kings Park will conclude the tournament. Each
team will face each other only once in this format, with the winner crowned
following the match in Durban.
Interestingly, the opening match will serve
as AMI Stadium's debut match in the Rugby Championship, although the temporary
Addington Christchurch venue previously hosted the All Blacks on two occasions
(a 22-19 victory over Ireland in 2012 and a 30-0 whitewash of France in 2013).
The Rugby Championship will commence a fortnight
after the Super Rugby final on July 4 with the last round of matches concluding
on August 15, giving teams just over a month before launching their Rugby World
The 2015 Rugby Championship schedule (All times CAT):
Friday, July 17: New Zealand v Argentina - AMI Stadium, Christchurch - 09:35
Saturday, July 18: Australia v South Africa - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - 12:05
Saturday, July 25: South Africa v New Zealand - Ellis Park, Johannesburg - 17:05
Sunday, July 26: Argentina v Australia - Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza - 00:40
Saturday, August 8: Australia v New Zealand - ANZ Stadium, Sydney - 12:05
Saturday, August 8: South Africa v Argentina - Kings Park, Durban - 17:05
Additional week (not for competition points):
Saturday, August 15: New Zealand v Australia - Eden Park, Auckland - 09:35
Saturday, August 15: Argentina v South Africa - Venue TBC, Buenos Aires - TBC