2017 Rugby Championship

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The 2017 Rugby Championship will be the sixth edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions.

The tournament will start on 19 August with Australia hosting reigning champions New Zealand and South Africa hosting Argentina. The tournament will run for eight weeks with two bye weeks, ending on 7 October when New Zealand visit South Africa and Australia visit Argentina.
 

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Fixtures:


Round 1
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Saturday 19 August 2017
12:00 Australia v New Zealand ANZ Stadium
17:05 South Africa v Argentina Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Round 2
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Saturday 26 August 2017
09:35 New Zealand v Australia Forsyth Barr Stadium
19:30 Argentina v South Africa Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium

Round 3
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Saturday 9 September 2017
09:35 New Zealand v Argentina Yarrow Stadium
12:00 Australia v South Africa nib Stadium

Round 4
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Saturday 16 September 2017
09:35 New Zealand v South Africa QBE Stadium
12:00 Australia v Argentina GIO Stadium

Round 5
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Saturday 30 September 2017
17:05 South Africa v Australia Toyota Stadium
Sunday 1 October 2017
00:30 Argentina v New Zealand Estadio Jose Amalfitani

Round 6
Fixtures
Saturday 7 October 2017
17:05 South Africa v New Zealand DHL Newlands
Sunday 8 October 2017
00:30 Argentina v Australia Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
 
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Referee:

19 August 2017
South Africa vs Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

26 August 2017
Argentina vs South Africa at Estadio Padre Ernesto Marlearena, Salta
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
/Romain Poite (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

9 September 2017
Australia vs South Africa at nib Stadium, Perth
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

16 September 2017
New Zealand vs South Africa at QBE Stadium, Albany
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

30 September 2017
South Africa vs Australia at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)

7 October 2017
South Africa vs New Zealand at Newlands
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England)
 

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Quite a tough draw for SA.
Especially if they lose that away game in Argentina.
 

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http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/bok-squad-to-be-announced-after-sr-final-20170802

The Springbok squad for the start of the 2017 Rugby Championship will be named on Saturday, August 5 after the Super Rugby Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The 33-man Bok squad will be confirmed through a SA Rugby media release and on Supersport, at approximately 18h45 on Saturday evening.

The players will assemble on Tuesday, August 8 in Port Elizabeth to start with their preparations for the first Test against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, August 19.
 

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BOK SQUAD

FORWARDS (19):

Uzair Cassiem (flank/No 8), Toyota Cheetahs – 1 cap, 5 points (1 try)
Lood de Jager (lock), Vodacom Bulls – 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Dan du Preez (No 8), Cell C Sharks - uncapped
Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward), Cell C Sharks – 4 caps, 0 points
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock), DHL Stormers – 23 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
Eben Etzebeth (lock), DHL Stormers – 57 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
Lizo Gqoboka (prop), Vodacom Bulls – uncapped
Steven Kitshoff (prop), DHL Stormers – 13 caps, 0 points
Siya Kolisi (flank), DHL Stormers – 19 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Jaco Kriel (loose forward), Emirates Lions/Kubota Spears (Jap) – 8 caps, 0 points
Frans Malherbe (prop), DHL Stormers – 17 caps, 0 points
Malcolm Marx (hooker), Emirates Lions – 5 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), DHL Stormers – 8 caps; 0 points
Oupa Mohoje (loose forward), Toyota Cheetahs – 17 tests, 0 points
Franco Mostert (lock), Emirates Lions/Ricoh Black Rams (Jap) – 10 caps, 0 points
Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Cell C Sharks – 90 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
Trevor Nyakane (prop), Vodacom Bulls – 28 – 5 points (1 try)
Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Cell C Sharks – 26 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker), Cell C Sharks – 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)

BACKS (15):

Curwin Bosch (flyhalf), Cell C Sharks – uncapped
Andries Coetzee (fullback), Emirates Lions – 3 caps, 0 points
Ross Cronje (scrumhalf), Emirates Lions – 2 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Damian de Allende (centre), DHL Stormers – 22 Caps, 15 points (3 tries)
Warrick Gelant (fullback), Vodacom Bulls – uncapped
Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Worcester (England) – 42 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), Emirates Lions/NTT Shining Arcs (Jap) – 14 caps, 130 points (1 try, 22 conversions, 27 penalties)
Jesse Kriel (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 19 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
Dillyn Leyds (utility back), DHL Stormers – 3 caps, 0 points
Rudy Paige (scrumhalf), Vodacom Bulls – 8 caps, 5 points (1 try)
Handré Pollard (flyhalf), Vodacom Bulls – 20 caps, 188 points (2 tries, 29 con, 37 pen, 3 dropkicks)
Raymond Rhule (wing), Toyota Cheetahs – 3 caps 0 points
Jan Serfontein (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 29 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
Courtnall Skosan (wing), Emirates Lions – 3 caps 0 pints
Francois Venter (centre), Toyota Cheetahs – 3 caps, 0 points
 

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No Rohan, no Combrinck, Bulls props over other better ones. Actually there are no Lions centres.

I don't know. I really think we can do better.
 

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The All Blacks squad for the RC:

Forwards

Hookers


Dane Coles (Wellington/Hurricanes, 49)

Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs, 8)

Codie Taylor (Canterbury/Crusaders, 19)

Props

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury/Crusaders, 62)

Owen Franks (Canterbury/Crusaders, 94)

Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau/Chiefs, 4)

Joe Moody (Canterbury/Crusaders, 28)

Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Auckland/Blues, 4)

Locks

Scott Barrett (Taranaki/Crusaders, 8)

Brodie Retallick (Hawke's Bay/Chiefs, 64)

Luke Romano (Canterbury/Crusaders, 26)

Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury/Crusaders, 88)

Loose forwards

Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs, 44)

Vaea Fifita (Wellington/Hurricanes, 1)

Jerome Kaino (Auckland/Blues, 74)

Kieran Read, captain (Counties Manukau/ Crusaders, 100)

Ardie Savea (Wellington/Hurricanes, 16)

Liam Squire (Tasman/Highlanders, 8)

Backs

Halfbacks


Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato/Chiefs, 25)

TJ Perenara (Wellington/Hurricanes, 33)

Aaron Smith (Manawatu/Highlanders, 62)

First five-eighths

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki/Hurricanes, 53)

Lima Sopoaga (Southland/Highlanders, 7)

Midfielders

Ryan Crotty (Canterbury/Crusaders, 27)

Ngani Laumape (Manawatu/Hurricanes, 2)

Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato/Chiefs, 13)

Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau/Blues, 36)

Outside backs

Jordie Barrett (Taranaki/Hurricanes, 2)

Israel Dagg (Hawke's Bay/Crusaders, 65)

Rieko Ioane (Auckland/Blues, 4)

Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu/Hurricanes, 8)

Waisake Naholo (Taranaki/Highlanders, 13)

Ben Smith (Otago/Highlanders, 62)

Utility back / Replacement

Damian McKenzie (Waikato/Chiefs, 2)
Julian Savea dropped from the squad. Pretty big call.

I actually thought he came back strongly at the end of the Lions tour.
 

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The All Blacks squad for the RC:

Julian Savea dropped from the squad. Pretty big call.

I actually thought he came back strongly at the end of the Lions tour.
They've got such an abundance of good outside backs that it must be difficult to decide who to go with. It's good to see McKenzie there though! If there's one player who deserves to be in the All Black team then it's him.
 
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Handre Pollard?
Damian de Allende?
Chillyboy?
Rhule?
Francois Venter?
Curwin Bosch?

Ag nee wtf.
 

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Lood de Jager
Bongi Mbonambi
Chiliboy Ralepelle
Damian de Allende
Jesse Kriel
Dillyn Leyds
Rudy Paige
Raymond Rhule

I can't wrap my head around these choices ..... at all. As to the left outs that have a lot of people scratching their heads, I'll join you in wondering wtf
 

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They've got such an abundance of good outside backs that it must be difficult to decide who to go with. It's good to see McKenzie there though! If there's one player who deserves to be in the All Black team then it's him.
True. I think they see Ioane, McKenzie and Jordie Barrett as long-term prospects so want them in the set up as much as possible.

McKenzie is there as cover for Ben Smith who'll go on sabbatical after 2 matches, I think. Not a bad idea, given his concussion issues and how well the sabbaticals worked for McCaw and Read.
 
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