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About The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship (TRC) is one of the pre-eminent international rugby union competitions in world rugby. It is contested annually by Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It is owned and managed by SANZAAR.

SANZAAR is an incorporated Joint Venture between the four participating national unions and its head office is located in Sydney, Australia.   

Prior to the 2012 tournament, when Argentina entered The Rugby Championship, it was known as the Tri Nations. The inaugural Tri Nations tournament was in 1996, and was won by New Zealand. South Africa won its first title in 1998, and Australia its first in 2000.

The new expanded TRC comprises a round robin format in which all the teams play each other home and away. The first Championship (2012) was won by New Zealand, who won all six of their matches. Australia won the 2015 TRC which was shortened due to the Rugby World Cup being played later in the year. The round robin format comprised the teams playing each other once home or away.

New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have frequently been ranked among the top rugby nations with the latter two teams winning the Rugby World Cup twice and New Zealand winning it three times.

Argentina has been ranked as high as third in the official World Rankings and has twice reached the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, a higher achievement than Italy, Scotland, and Ireland among the Six Nations teams.

Competition Rules

Points will be awarded in all TRC matches on the following basis:

Win                              4 points
Draw                            2 points
Loss                             0 points for loss of more than 7 points
Bonus                          1 point for 3 tries or more than opponent
Bonus                           1 point for loss within 7 points or less.

Position on the competition table shall be determined by competition points as set out above:

  1. In the event of two or more teams being equal on competition points for any position on the competition table such position shall be determined by the team with the most wins in the series.
  2. In the event of (a) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined by the team with the most wins against the other team/s tied on the same points.
  3. In the event of (b) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the margin of points scored for and against in the series. The team with the highest margin of points scored for and against being considered as the winner.
  4. In the event of (c) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the margin of points scored for and against by those competing teams. The team with the highest margin of points scored for and against being considered as the winner.
  5. In the event of (d) above not providing a decision, the position on the competition table will be determined on the basis of the team scoring most tries in the series.
  6. In the event of (e) above not providing a decision, the Series shall be shared between the two teams.

Winners of The Rugby Championship

Year                Winner

1996               New Zealand
1997               New Zealand
1998               South Africa
1999               New Zealand
2000               Australia
2001               Australia
2002               New Zealand
2003               New Zealand
2004               South Africa
2005               New Zealand
2006               New Zealand
2007               New Zealand
2008               New Zealand
2009               South Africa
2010               New Zealand
2011               Australia
2012               New Zealand
2013               New Zealand
2014               New Zealand
2015               Australia
2016               New Zealand
2017               New Zealand