12/3/2013

Qantas Wallabies Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship schedule announced for 2014

 

Australian Rugby Union today released The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship schedule for the Qantas Wallabies 2014 Test season, with Australia’s three home Tests to be played in Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.

Australian Rugby Union today released The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship schedule for the Qantas Wallabies 2014 Test season, with Australia’s three home Tests to be played in Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.

The Qantas Wallabies will once again kick off their Championship campaign with the opening Bledisloe Cup Test match against the All Blacks at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday 17 August.

They’ll come face to face with their Kiwi arch rivals again a week later in Auckland for the second Bledisloe battle at New Zealand’s Rugby cauldron, Eden Park, before a travel bye.

Australia’s campaign will continue on home soil against South Africa at Perth’s Patersons Stadium on Saturday 6 September.

The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship will return to the Gold Coast for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 2012 where once again the Wallabies will tackle Argentina’s Pumas at Skilled Park on Saturday 13 September for the final home Test of the tournament.

After another week of rest, the Wallabies will travel to South Africa and Argentina to play the Springboks in  Cape Town on Saturday 27 September and the Pumas the following weekend.

Australian Rugby Union CEO, Bill Pulver said the third Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship will be an opportunity for Australia to claim victories against world-class opposition, including the  current top two teams in the IRB World Rankings. 
 
“This year’s Championship started after new coach, Ewen McKenzie had only just jumped on board and followed an enormous Lions Tour, so next year will be very interesting.

“We’ve won four of the five Tests on the Spring Tour and we’re confident of seeing that trend continue next year. 

“The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship offers fans the chance to see some of the best international Rugby sides go head to head so it’s great to see matches against the Springboks and passionate Pumas returning to Perth and the Gold Coast,” Pulver said.

Australian Rugby also announced details of next year’s third and final Bledisloe Cup Test, which rotates each year between Australia and New Zealand. In 2014, the three-Test Bledisloe series will culminate at the Wallabies’ fortress, Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane on Saturday 18 October.

The Qantas Wallabies will again be looking to recapture the mighty Bledisloe Cup trophy next year for the first time since 2002.

“It’s also very exciting to have two out of the three Bledisloe Cup games on our own home soil in 2014,” Pulver added.

“We’ll have the first Bledisloe and opening match of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship in Sydney in August as the pinnacle event of the Bledisloe Cup Festival.

“We’d love to think that by the time we meet  the All Blacks in Brisbane in October, it will be one-all between Australia and New Zealand and we’ll  take hold of the Bledisloe Cup again on our own turf.”

Next year’s Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship will follow the recently announced Castrol EDGE France Series in 2014, where France will travel to Australia to take on the Qantas Wallabies in a three Test series in June.
 

The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship draw

 

DATE

MATCH

VENUE

 
 

Saturday 16 August

Australia v New Zealand

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

 

Saturday 6 September

Australia v South Africa

Patersons Stadium, Perth

 

Saturday 13 September

Australia v Argentina

Skilled Park, Gold Coast

 
   

The complete Rugby Championship draw

 

DATE

MATCH

VENUE

 
 

ROUND 1

 

 

 

Saturday 16 August

Australia v New Zealand

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

 

Saturday 16 August

South Africa v Argentina

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

 

ROUND 2

     

Saturday 23 August

New Zealand v Australia

Eden Park, Auckland

 

Saturday 23 August

Argentina v South Africa

TBC, Argentina

 

Saturday 30 August

BYE

 

ROUND 3

     

Saturday 6 September

Australia v South Africa

Patersons Stadium, Perth

 

Saturday 6 September

New Zealand v Argentina

McLean Park, Napier

 

ROUND 4

     

Saturday 13 September

Australia v Argentina

Skilled Park, Gold Coast

 

Saturday 13 September

New Zealand v South Africa

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

 

Saturday 20 September

BYE

 

ROUND 5

     

Saturday 27 September

South Africa v Australia

DHL Newlands, Cape Town

 

Saturday 27 September

Argentina v New Zealand

TBC, Argentina

 

ROUND 6

     

Saturday 4 October

South Africa v New Zealand

Ellis Park, Johannesburg

 

Saturday 4 October

Argentina v Australia

TBC, Argentina