The Rugby Championship kicks off in Christchurch this Friday night with New Zealand hosting Argentina, before Australia welcomes South Africa to Brisbane the following evening.
The condensed three-round championship sees teams face each other once, with a champion to be crowned on August 8, before a stand-alone round on August 15 serves as final preparation for September’s much-anticipated Rugby World Cup.
|DATE||MATCH||VENUE||KO (local)||KO GMT|
|Fri 17 July||New Zealand vs Argentina||Christchurch||19:35||7:35am|
|Sat 18 July||Australia vs South Africa||Brisbane||20:05||10:05am|
|Sat 25 July||South Africa vs New Zealand||Johannesburg||17:05||15:05|
|Sat 25 July||Argentina vs Australia||Mendoza||19:40||22:40|
|Sat 1 August – BYE WEEK|
|Sat 8 Aug||Australia vs New Zealand||Sydney||20:05||10:05am|
|Sat 8 Aug||South Africa vs Argentina||Durban||17:05||15:05|
|Note: Championship points will only be awarded over 3 rounds to establish a 2015 Champion|
|Additional week of international matches|
|Sat 15 August||New Zealand vs Australia||Auckland||19:35||7:35am|
|Sat 15 August||Argentina vs South Africa||Buenos Aires||16:40||19:40|