Wallabies to play Boks in Johannesburg

International
by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Wallabies' 2019 Rugby Championship schedule is all but complete with the Springboks confirming a Johannesburg encounter for the countries' tournament opener.

The SARU released its tournament schedule on Tuesday morning (AEDT), with a move back to more familiar surrounds for the Aussies after a clash in Port Elizabeth this year.

Australia will take on the Springboks on July 20, which will be their first game of the tournament, before a home Test against Argentina and New Zealand and the final Bledisloe in Auckland.

Rugby Australia has not confirmed its full 2019 home schedule yet, only unveiling the Perth Bledisloe double header, but their second Rugby Championship Test is likely to be a Brisbane clash with the Pumas.

New Zealand confirmed its calendar last month, including the second annual Bledisloe double header.

That the Wallabies will finish the tournament with the two Bledisloe encounters is pivotal - playing New Zealand deeper in the tournament is where their trans-Tasman victories have come in recent years.

Australia is yet to confirm a warm-up schedule leading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup but it has been reported that the Wallabies will spend some time in the USA before heading to Japan.

FIXTURES

2019 The Rugby Championship fixtures (full schedule TBC)

Saturday July 20 

South Africa vs Australia, Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Saturday July 27

(Likely) Australia vs Argentina, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

New Zealand vs South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

TBC - Australia vs Argentina, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Saturday August 10

Australia vs All Blacks, Optus Stadium, Perth

Argentina vs South Africa, TBC

Saturday August 17

New Zealand vs Australia, Eden Park, Auckland

South Africa vs Argentina, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2019 Laurie O'Reilly Trophy

Saturday August 10

Australia vs New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth

Saturday August 17

New Zealand vs Australia, Eden Park, Auckland

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