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An Overview of the 2012 Rugby Championship

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This year’s Rugby Championship will be the annual competition that pits the Rugby Union teams of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa against one another for the 17th time (first championship was in 1996).  However, this year we will see Argentina featured in this renowned competition for the first time in the competition’s history.  Because of the different sponsorships this year, the 2012 Rugby Championship will be entitled:

1.The Castle Rugby Championship (South Africa)

2.The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship (Australia)

3. The Investec Rugby Championship (New Zealand)

This year’s Rugby Championship will kick off on Saturday, the 18th of August and end on Saturday, the 6th of October, a total of six Saturdays in a row in different areas of the world during this annual competition.  Each team will play every other team two times during the championship rounds for a total of 6 games each, so 3 home games and 3 away games.  Each of the home games will be played in a different city and stadium appointed for that particular game.

The cities and stadiums of each round

There are 6 rounds played on consecutive Saturdays (numbered Rounds 1 through 6) with two games being played each Saturday for a total of 12 games.  The following is a breakdown of the entire schedule with the stadium and city of each game listed as follows:

Round 1 – August 18th

New Zealand @ Australia – ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Argentina @ South Africa – DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Round 2 – August 25th

Australia @ New Zealand – Eden Park, Auckland

South Africa @ Argentina – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza

Round 3 – September 8th

South Africa @ Australia – Patersons Stadium, Perth

Argentina @ New Zealand – Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Round 4 – September 15th

Argentina @ Australia – Skilled Park, the Gold Coast

South Africa @ New Zealand – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Round 5 – September 29th

Australia @ South Africa – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

New Zealand @ Argentina – Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata

Round 6 – October 6th

New Zealand @ South Africa – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Australia @ Argentina – Estadio Gigante Arroyito, Rosario

As you can see, there are some excellent cities worth visiting during the 2012 Rugby Championship.  If you had the time and the budget to afford a sports vacation over a period of 7 to 8 weeks, this would be an excellent choice.  As you can see from the schedule, there is also a two week break between Rounds 4 and 5 which would give you time to relax and do some serious exploring.  Look at the schedule of home games and you will see the options light up before your eyes as far as composing your itinerary is concerned.

 

Hotel:

Great Southern Hotel - roomGreat Southern Hotel – Sydney, Australia
Average Price: €73
Average Rating: 9.3

Trigg Retreat Bed and Breakfast - roomTrigg Retreat Bed and Breakfast – Perth, Australia
Average Price: €146
Average Rating: 10

The Townhouse Hotel - roomThe Townhouse Hotel – Cape Town,  South Africa
Average Price: €67
Average Rating: 8

 

 

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