the 2019 Rugby Championship draw has largely taken shape, despite not being fully confirmed. Featuring the Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina, the tournament will take place between July and August .
In news this week, the Rugby Championship 2019 Match Schedule has been released. SANZAAR confirmed that an abbreviated six-match series will see reduced fixtures; during this Rugby World Cup year.
From the media release, it is reported that ‘The Rugby Championship is shortened to a three-round, six-match tournament from the traditional six-round, 12-match tournament with each team playing each other home or away this year’.
The Rugby Championship fixtures 2019
* – denotes likely, but unconfirmed, fixture
|Jul 20||19:40||South Africa vs Australia||Ellis Park, Johannesburg|
|Jul 27*||17:05||Australia vs Argentina||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|Jul 27||19:35||New Zealand vs South Africa||Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|Aug 10||20:00||Australia vs New Zealand||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|Aug 10||18:00||Argentina vs South Africa||TBC|
|Aug 17||19:40||New Zealand vs Australia||Eden Park, Auckland|
|Aug 17||17:05||South Africa vs Argentina||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
An additional round of matches will be played on the weekend of August 17, to allow a further home match for New Zealand and South Africa, as ongoing preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019.