The Rugby Championship

An annual competition involving the southern hemisphere’s top four rugby-playing nations – New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina. Known as the Tri Nations from 1996 to 2012, before the Pumas were invited to join the party.

Springboks and All Blacks set for explosive showdown

Bismarck du Plessis returns to give the Springboks bite.

The next World Cup may still be two years away, but today's Rugby Championship decider between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park could provide an early psychological blow for the victor.

Saturday, 10 January, 2015, 6:38pm

Du Preez may be catalyst to Springbok victory over Australia

Fourie du Preez could be the catalyst for victory over Australia. Photo: AFP

Veteran South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez could be the catalyst for victory over Australia on Saturday in a vital Rugby Championship Test.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:39pm

Boks prepare to battle upbeat Australians

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says his team need to re-focus on the basics. Photo: AP

South Africa will concentrate on the basics as they try to dispatch a bullish Australia at Newlands on Saturday in the hope of setting up a final-day showdown against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:40pm

Springboks relish All Blacks crunch match

South Africa warm up as they train for today's clash with New Zealand, in a match between the world's top two sides. Photo: AFP

The Springboks are bristling with confidence that they can break open fortress New Zealand when they face the All Blacks today in a top-of-table Rugby Championship clash.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:41pm

High-tempo game should help us beat Pumas, says McCaw

New Zealand All Black's halfback Aaron Smith (L) and captain Richie McCaw. Photo: AFP

New Zealand plan to run the legs off Argentina with their high-tempo game in the Rugby Championship in Hamilton on Saturday and do not want to be dragged into an “arm wrestle” with the Pumas physical forwards, said All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:35pm

New Zealand beat Australia 27-16

Conrad Smith (L) of New Zealand is tackled by Ben Mowen of Australia during the 2nd Bledisloe Cup game rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Winger Ben Smith kept up his prolific try-scoring record in test matches this season, touching down twice as New Zealand took advantage of lax defence to beat Australia 27-16 in the Rugby Championship and retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:38pm

Tough test against Scots good for us, says Meyer

Heyneke Meyer.

South Africa were given a far tougher test than expected by an injury-ravaged Scotland on Saturday. But coach Heyneke Meyer said the Springboks would learn from the unconvincing 30-17 win.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:42pm

Digby Ioane try lifts Wallabies to victory over Pumas

Australian Wallabies' wing Digby Ioane (right) celebrates with teammates Michael Hooper (centre) and Ben Tapuai.  Photo: AFP

Australia wing Digby Ioane scored a superb mid-second half try to set up a 25-19 triumph over Argentina Saturday in a penalty-saturated final match of the Rugby Championship season.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:33pm

Sport Digest, October 7, 2012

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7 Oct 2012 - 2:02am

Aussies prepare for Pumas pounding

Kurtley Beale will be in action against Argentina. Photo: AP

Robbie Deans, the embattled coach of Australia, has beefed up his team in anticipation of a pounding from Argentina today.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:35pm

Springboks aim to strike right balance against All Blacks

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is a realist rather than a romantic and that is set to show when his team confront New Zealand in a Rugby Championship final-round fixture at Soccer City  today.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:51pm

Win over Wallabies sets South Africa up for New Zealand clash

South Africa’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Australia. Photo: AFP

Coach Heyneke Meyer said South Africa must become more clinical finishers if they hope to beat New Zealand in Soweto this weekend.

10 Jan 2015 - 6:52pm

All Blacks skipper McCaw salutes his ‘worthy world champions’

Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez is tackled by All Blacks Sam Cane and Charlie Faumuina. Photo: AFP

New Zealand proved they were worthy world champions by overwhelming Argentina in La Plata to win the maiden Rugby Championship, skipper Richie McCaw said.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:47pm

Pressure on rookie Goosen to deliver Springbok victory

South Africa are banking on 20-year-old fly-half Johan Goosen against Australia in Pretoria  today to kick-start a Rugby Championship season that has veered off course.

After a comfortable home win over debutants Argentina, the Springboks snatched a lucky draw in the southern hemisphere championship return fixture before losing leads in away defeats by Australia and New Zealand.

29 Sep 2012 - 2:32am

Short Sport, September 26, 2012

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26 Sep 2012 - 2:38am