Australia's huge year of rugby set to continue after The Lions

by staff

Australian Rugby Union and SANZAR today confirmed the final schedule for the second Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship later this year.

The Championship will continue a huge year for Australian Rugby that sees eight of the top 10 teams in world Rugby, including the Qantas Wallabies, making their way down under.

Six weeks after the highly anticipated, once in 12 year, British & Irish Lions tour comes to a close the Qantas Wallabies will take on their long-time arch rivals, the All Blacks.

The Test, which will be held at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday 17 August, will once again kick-off The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and the battle for the Bledisloe.

The week after the Qantas Wallabies will head to New Zealand for the second leg of the Championship, taking on the All Blacks in Wellington.

All four teams will then break for a travel bye before the Qantas Wallabies face the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 7 September.

On Saturday 14 September, the Qantas Wallabies will head west to Perth’s Patersons Stadium to tackle the ever improving Pumas.

The Perth Test will be the Qantas Wallabies final on Australian soil for 2013 with their remaining Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship games to be held in South Africa and Argentina.

After breaking for the second Bye week of the Championship the Qantas Wallabies will return to action in Cape Town against the Springboks on Saturday 28 September before wrapping up their campaign in Rosario against the Pumas on Saturday 5 October.

ARU CEO, Bill Pulver, said the second annual Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship presented a mouth-watering schedule of Rugby following the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour.

“The inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship delivered some exciting Rugby, which will no doubt be replicated and potentially bettered in 2013,” Mr Pulver said.

“The Qantas Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks take up the top three places in world Rugby and with the Pumas having gained valuable international experience last year the stakes will be high.

“Every match promises to be an exciting contest with plenty on the line.

“Not only will Robbie and his team have their sights set on re-claiming the Bledisloe Cup, they will also want to retain the Mandela Plate, the Puma trophy and of course secure their maiden Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship title.

“While the immediate focus is on the Lions there is certainly no shortage of exciting international Rugby scheduled once the Lions Tour concludes.”

Tickets to the Australian based Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Tests will go on sale to the General Public on Thursday 27 June at 9:00am local time.

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