World Champion South Africa decides to play in the Rugby Championship this year. SANZAAR announced the 2021 Rugby Championship schedule on Friday.
In 2020, South Africa pulled out of the Rugby Championship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The current World Champions will again compete with their famous rivals from the Southern Hemisphere. South Africa host the two starting games against Argentina in South Africa, while the rest of 10 matches will take place between New Zealand and Australia.
The tournament reverts back into 12 matches this year with four nations format. However, the schedule has been changed to reflect the ongoing effects of the pandemic, including ongoing international travel restrictions and government quarantine protocols that exist in affiliate union territories.
The competition will begin on 14 August and will end on 2nd October 2021. Before the Rugby Championship Australia will play in three test matches of Bledisloe Cup. The first match will take place on 7 August at Eden Park. Australia the move in Perth and Wellington on 21 and 28 August 2021.
|14 August||Argentina VS South Africa|
|21 August||New Zealand VS Australia|
|21 August||South Africa VS Argentina|
|28 August||Australia VS New Zealand|
|11 September||Argentina VS New Zealand|
|11 September||Australia VS South Africa|
|18 September||New Zealand VS Argentina|
|18 September||South Africa VS Australia|
|25 September||South Africa VS New Zealand|
|25 September||Argentina VS Australia|
|2 October||New Zealand VS South Africa|
|2 October||Australia VS Argentina|