Cape Town - SANZAAR and Unión Argentina de
Rugby have confirmed that The Rugby Championship match between Argentina and
Australia will be played at Twickenham in London on 8 October 2016 with tickets
going on sale this Friday.
The match marks the first in the history of
The Rugby Championship to be played outside of the four core territories and is
an opportunity the Southern Hemisphere to return to London a year after filling
the top four places at the Rugby World Cup.
SANZAAR Chief Executive, Andy Marinos,
said: "While we witness the daring and exciting brand of rugby played by
Southern Hemisphere teams on a regular basis, last year's Rugby World Cup well
and truly showcased that skill and flair to the rest of the world.
"Now, we are thrilled to announce that
two of our national teams, Argentina and Australia will be returning to the
United Kingdom some 12 months later to contest what will be a historic chapter
of The Rugby Championship.
“Aligned with our intent to take this
product across the globe, Argentina have embraced this by moving one of their
home fixtures to Twickenham thereby affording an ever growing fan base in the
United Kingdom with the opportunity to see two of the world's most entertaining
teams to compete for one of the world's toughest trophies in front of a
passionate rugby crowd at Twickenham."
Carlos Araujo, UAR president said:
"Playing again in Twickenham which is one of the main stages of rugby in
the world, it´s fantastic for the UAR. The interest in the land where our game
was born, to have the presence of the Pumas, speaks of the great growth we
"We will be bringing all the history
of our rugby and Southern Hemisphere, with the Wallabies, to the Northern
Hemisphere, in an unprecedented move. We are grateful to the Rugby Football
Union for letting us be local in their stadium ".
"This year we will have many high
level rugby games in our country. We have seven Super Rugby games at the start
of the season. In June we travel with the Pumas to different places of the
country and then will face the Springboks in Salta and the All Blacks in River
for The Rugby Championship ".
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver,
said: "The Northern Hemisphere enjoyed a taste of The Rugby Championship
with all four semi-finalists from the recent Rugby World Cup emanating from the
“Our recent broadcast agreement with Sky
Sports also indicates there is huge interest in the tournament in the UK. From
an ARU perspective this is another fantastic opportunity to showcase the Qantas
Wallabies to our fans based in England, as well as thousands of new fans.
"The two nations played out a
thoroughly entertaining Rugby World Cup semi-final at Twickenham only a few
months ago, so I’m sure fans in England will take the opportunity to see
another open, attacking encounter between two teams who love playing with ball
in hand,” said Pulver.
RFU CEO Ian Ritchie, said: "We’re
delighted to have The Rugby Championship coming to Twickenham Stadium this
October, the first time that one of its matches has been played in England.
After welcoming so many teams and fans here during the Rugby World Cup, it’s
fantastic to be able to open our doors again. We were treated to a great match
between these two teams in the Rugby World Cup and I’m sure that it’s set to be
another high octane encounter in the autumn.”