Georgia will host the tournament for the first time. The pool stages will be played on 31 May, 4 and 8 June, with the semi-finals on 13 June and the final at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on 18 June.
The match day 23 features just two changes from the team that played Argentina last weekend: Ardie Savea comes in for the injured Sam Cane in the starting 7 jersey, with Matt Todd coming into the 23 as loose forward cover; while Lima Sopoaga comes into the match day 23, replacing Aaron Cruden, who has a groin strain.
Pieter-Steph du Toit and Vincent Koch are included in the Springbok starting line-up to face the All Blacks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday, when Francois Louw will play in his 50th Test for South Africa.
There is no denying the All Blacks’ status as the best international rugby team in the world right now as they sit almost seven points clear of England in the World Rugby Rankings and more than 11 points clear of any other Southern Hemisphere nation.
The third round of The Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend and by Sunday morning we’ll have hit the halfway mark of the tournament. Each team faces a tough challenge in the run home towards the top of the table, but each also has their own unique brand of rugby with which they hope to attain the trophy.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has included Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel in a revamped backline for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.