SANZAAR locks in schedule for Rugby Championship

Fri, 27/08/2021, 03:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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SANZAAR has locked in the schedule for the Rugby Championship, confirming the timing for the 2021 edition of the tournament.

With the remaining four rounds of the tournament set to be played in Queensland, the games will be played across double-headers in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

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Australia's clash with the Springboks is set to be played on Sunday 12 September, with the clash slated for 8:05 pm (AEST) at Cbus Super Stadium.

The double-header will be opened by New Zealand taking on Argentina at 5:05 pm.

As the matches head to Suncorp, the Wallabies and Springboks open the double-header at 5:05 pm on September 18.

New Zealand's centurion match against South Africa will be played a week later at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, followed by Australia taking on Argentina.

The Championship will conclude with the two sides facing off on the Gold Coast, with the Wallabies set to play their final match on home soil in 2021 against Los Pumas at 5:05 pm.

"This is an exciting announcement as it confirms a first for international rugby with a series of four double-header weekends of top quality rugby action," SANZAAR CEO, Brendan Morris said.

"It is a unique opportunity for Queensland rugby fans and indeed the global broadcast audience to watch the best players and teams go head-to-head in consecutive matches at the same venue on the same day, across the four weekends."

"Our thanks go to our rights-holding host broadcasters - Nine and Stan Sport, Sky NZ, SuperSports and ESPN - for their flexibility and assistance in delivering this match schedule which is an exciting innovation for rugby broadcasts in the southern hemisphere."

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SANZAAR also confirmed the referees for the TRC, with Australian Damon Murphy set to take the third Bledisloe in Perth, joined by Graham Cooper and Jordan Way on the sidelines.

Following his appearance in the first Test of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa, Nic Berry will officiate New Zealand's clash with Argentina, with Cooper serving as one of the assistant referees.

2021 Rugby Championship Fixtures

*All times AEST unless stated otherwise

Round One

Sat 14 August: New Zealand 57 v Australia 22 at Eden Park, Auckland

Sat 14 August: South Africa 32 v Argentina 12 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Round Two

Sat 21 August: Argentina 10 v South Africa 29 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Sun 5 September: Australia v New Zealand at Optus Stadium, Perth (4:00 pm)*

Round Three

Sun 12 September: New Zealand v Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (5:05 pm)

Sun 12 September:  South Africa v Australia at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (8:05 pm)

Round Four

Sat 18 September:  Australia v South Africa at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (5:05 pm)

Sat 18 September: Argentina v New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (8:05 pm)

Round Five

Sat 25 September: New Zealand v South Africa at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (5:05 pm)

Sat 25 September:  Australia v Argentina at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (8:05 pm)

Round Six (AEDT time)

Sat 2 October: Argentina v Australia at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (5:05 pm)

Sat 2 October: New Zealand v South Africa at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (8:05 pm)

*doubles as third Bledisloe Cup match

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