Rugby Championship Live
With the culmination of the Super Rugby season, the number one rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere is about to begin – the Rugby Championship.
We run the rule over each team – their strengths and weaknesses, and how they look going into the competition. Legends of the game also weigh in on their respective teams.
Coach – Steve Hansen
2018 Form – Played 3, won 3 (all against France)
Strengths – Number one ranked team in the world, world-class players across the pitch, and their strength in depth is astounding. Most of the squad know what it takes to win at international level and experience is always important. Finally, despite the scorelines, they were well tested by France in the summer.
Coach – Michael Cheika
2018 Form – Played 3, won 1, lost 2 (all against Ireland)
Strengths – They will be battle hardened following the highly competitve Test series against Ireland, while David Pocock and Michael Hooper are a troublesome pair at the breakdown. Australia are always a significant test for any team.
Coach – Rassie Erasmus
2018 Form – Played 4, won 2 (both against England), lost 2 (once to Wales, once to England)
Strengths – Super Rugby finalists the Lions are strong and their players will form a big part of the squad. They are always physically demanding to play against and have confidence following their series win against England.
Coach – Mario Ledesma
2018 Form – Played 3, lost 3 (twice to Wales, once to Scotland)
Strengths – Jaguares, their Super Rugby side, showed improvement this year and if they can take some of that attacking threat into this tournament they will cause opponents problems. Plus, they are starting to select overseas-based players again, which gives them more experience and depth.
The Rugby Championship fixtures 2018
18 Aug, Wallabies vs All Blacks
19 Aug, South Africa vs Argentina
25 Aug, All Blacks vs Wallabies
26 Aug, Argentina vs South Africa
8 Sep, All Blacks vs Argentina
8 Sep, Wallabies vs Springboks
15 Sep, All Blacks vs South Africa
15 Sep, Wallabies vs Argentina
30 Sep, South Africa vs Wallabies
30 Sep, Argentina vs All Blacks
7 Oct, South Africa vs All Blacks
7 Oct, Argentina vs Wallabies