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The Rugby Championship 2015i

The 2015 edition of the Rugby Championship – the southern hemisphere’s pre-eminent international competition – kicked off on July 17. This year’s three-round contest was shortened because of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and saw New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina face each other only once. Australia were crowned 2015 champions, winning the tournament on August 8 for the first time since 2011.

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Richie McCaw and five All Blacks team-mates enjoyed the perfect end to their home test careers as they celebrated the captain’s world-record test appearance with an emphatic second-half performance to retain the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.

Twice world champions South Africa hope a tactical U-turn and the recalling of "bone collector" Willem Alberts will prevent a second humiliating defeat at the hands of Argentina when the teams meet in a Rugby World Cup warm-up game this weekend.

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has downplayed his own personal milestone ahead of the Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia on Saturday and wants his side just to win the game.

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Juan Imhoff scored a hat-trick of tries as Argentina upset South Africa 37-25 in Durban on Saturday in the final match of this year's Rugby Championship.

Scrum-half Nic White came off the bench and scored 10 points in the last 11 minutes on Saturday to give Australia a 27-19 victory over New Zealand and their first Rugby Championship title.

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Facts and teams for this weekend’s third-round matches in the 2015 Rugby Championship when Australia host New Zealand in Sydney and South Africa host Argentina in Durban.

Despite achieving almost everything possible to achieve in rugby, the Bledisloe Cup still holds a special place in the heart of New Zealand's Richie McCaw and he is not about to give it up lightly in what looks like being his final season.

A Rugby Championship campaign that has gone pear-shaped for South Africa means great significance is being attached to the final-round clash with Argentina in Durban on Saturday.

The All Blacks upped the psychological pressure on the Wallabies on Friday ahead of this weekend’s Rugby Championship decider, warning the tandem attack of Michael Hooper and David Pocock could backfire.

Nehe Milner-Skudder will on Saturday become the ninth new All Black in four games after being included in mass changes in the backs for this weekend’s Rugby Championship decider against Australia.

Back-row forwards Michael Hooper and David Pocock have both been named in Australia’s starting line-up for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday.

Uncapped winger Patrick Osborne has been called into the extended All Blacks squad for this weekend's Rugby Championship decider against Australia in Sydney and the second Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies in Auckland the following week.

Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau were recalled to the Wallabies’ 31-man squad announced Friday for next week’s Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks, with uncapped prop Toby Smith also drafted in.

Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been handed just a one-week ban for slapping Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez in the head in last weekend’s Rugby Championship test and will be free to face the All Blacks in back-to-back tests.

Australia flanker David Pocock is relishing the prospect of facing All Blacks captain Richie McCaw again after two seasons wiped out by knee injuries.

Australia fly-half Quade Cooper has apologised for lashing out at media criticism with an expletive-riddled post on his Twitter feed.

Australia coach Michael Cheika has moved to dampen expectations of a long-awaited upset of the All Blacks, saying the world champions are well in front of the chasing pack.

Australia crushed Argentina 34-9 in Mendoza on Saturday, scoring four tries to earn a bonus point and set up a Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw grabbed a late winning try as the All Blacks edged South Africa 27-20 in a gripping Rugby Championship test match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Australia hope to build on the momentum created by a dramatic triumph over South Africa when they meet Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday in the second round of The Rugby Championship.

Facts and teams for this weekend’s second-round matches in the 2015 Rugby Championship when Argentina host Australia in Mendoza and South Africa host New Zealand in Johannesburg.

Any test match between South Africa and world champions New Zealand is guaranteed to be full of drama, and Saturday's Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park in Johannesburg promises to be no different.

Watch highlights, previews and post-match reaction from all three rounds of the 2015 Rugby Championship, which was held July 17 to August 8 and featured test matches involving Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Australia coach Michael Cheika has made seven changes to his team for this weekend’s test against Argentina, bringing Bernard Foley back at fly-half and giving David Pocock the start at openside flanker

Australia's Wallabies have turned to Argentina's scrum doctor Mario Ledesma to change the perception that they are pushovers in the countdown to September's Rugby World Cup.

Schalk Burger will captain South Africa against New Zealand in a Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg this weekend, coach Heyneke Meyer said on Tuesday.

Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has pulled out of a big-money move to France to remain in Australian rugby, a report said on Sunday.

Tevita Kuridrani scored a last-gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener in Brisbane on Saturday.    

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo suffered a broken leg during his test debut against Argentina on Friday and has been ruled out of contention for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Michael Cheika hopes Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa marks the dawn of a new era of passionate and exciting Wallabies play that will make Australian fans proud of their team.

The All Blacks ramped up their World Cup preparation on Friday when they made short work of Argentina with a 39-18 victory in their opening Rugby Championship test in Christchurch.

See all the fixtures and results for this year’s southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, involving the national teams of Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Australia were crowned the 2015 champions after they defeated New Zealand 27-19 on August 8 in Sydney.

Australia went back to the future on Thursday when Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Greg Holmes and half-backs Will Genia and Quade Cooper were recalled to Wallabies colours for the Rugby Championship opener against South Africa.

Try-scoring machine Waisake Naholo makes his All Blacks debut on Friday against Argentina with celebrated centurions Richie McCaw and Dan Carter making their final appearance before their home crowd.

The All Blacks' veteran core of players will drag themselves through one final Rugby Championship and try to bed down tactics for the World Cup, but coach Steve Hansen must also strike a balance between proven performers and the future of the team.

Skipper Jean de Villiers returned from a long injury lay-off as South Africa began their five-match World Cup countdown by defeating a World XV in Cape Town on Saturday.

Wycliff Palu and Christian Leali'ifano were the two notable omissions from the 31-man Wallabies squad announced Friday ahead of their Rugby Championship opener against South Africa on July 18.

The All Blacks were given a massive wake-up call in their truncated World Cup build-up with a rusty performance before they subdued a combative Samoa 25-16 in Apia on Wednesday.

The All Blacks were feted as rugby royalty in Samoa on Tuesday but were braced for the hero worship to be replaced by a bruising confrontation in Wednesday’s one-off test.

Stephen Moore will skipper the Wallabies in this year’s international season leading up to the September-October World Cup, replacing Michael Hooper, the Australian Rugby Union said on Monday.

Scrum-half Andy Ellis will return to test rugby almost four years after he last played for the All Blacks, while four others are in line to make their debuts against Samoa in Apia on Wednesday.

Australia coach Michael Cheika raised some eyebrows on Wednesday as he named his 40-man training squad for the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is expected to announce a three-year extension to his national contract on Wednesday in a coup for the embattled Australian Rugby Union.

ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been banned for five weeks for dangerous play and will miss Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Wellington Hurricanes, governing body Sanzar said on Wednesday.

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Wellington Hurricanes outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder and Canterbury Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor were two of the biggest surprises in Steve Hansen’s extended All Blacks squad named on Sunday.

Australia coach Michael Cheika said either incumbent Michael Hooper or senior hooker Stephen Moore will lead the Wallabies at this year’s World Cup.