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Wed Apr 16 20:59:19 SAST 2014

Sanzar announce 2013 Rugby Championship fixtures

Sapa-AFP | 15 January, 2013 09:190 Comments
South Africa v New Zealand: The Rugby Championship
Zane Kirchner of South Africa is tackled by Andrew Hore (L) and Aaron Smith during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa Springboks and the New Zealand All Blacks at FNB Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Johannesburg
Image by: David Rogers / Getty Images

The All Blacks will open their Rugby Championship defence with a tough assignment against arch-rivals Australia in Sydney on August 17, the tournament’s governing body SANZAR announced Tuesday.

The New Zealanders were undefeated in last year’s competition, which was known as the Tri-Nations before Argentina joined in 2012, and remain the top-ranked team in international rugby.

But England proved in December that the world champions are not invincible and the Wallabies, who will be battle-hardened after hosting the British and Irish Lions, will gunning for an upset.

Argentina, who are yet to win a Rugby Championship Test, but managed a 16-16 draw against South Africa in August, open their campaign against the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

The competition will feature six rounds.

Fixtures for the 2013 Rugby Championship (kick-off times yet to be confirmed).

Round 1 (Aug 17)  Sydney  Australia v New Zealand  Bloemfontein  South Africa v Argentina 

Round 2 (Aug 24)  Wellington  New Zealand v Australia  Mendoza  Argentina v South Africa 

Round 3 (Sept 7)  Brisbane  Australia v South Africa  Hamilton  New Zealand v Argentina 

Round 4 (Sept 14)  Perth  Australia v Argentina  Auckland  New Zealand v South Africa 

Round 5 (Sept 28)  Cape Town  South Africa v Australia  La Plata  Argentina v New Zealand 

Round 6 (Oct 5)  Johannesburg  South Africa v New Zealand  Rosario  Argentina v Australia 

Note: Teams awarded four points for a win, two for a draw, and one for scoring at least four tries in a match or losing by fewer than eight points.

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