The Rugby Championship: Organisers trade home and away fixtures for mini-tour structure

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SANZAAR has announced that the Rugby Championship has abandoned the home and away format opting for a mini-tour structure instead until 2025.

All teams will still play each other twice, but instead of a home and away structure, teams will host a two-match tour and travel on a two-match tour, with the remainder of the games being home and away.

Back to tradition

The idea behind the change is to reinstate traditional rugby values for the enjoyment of stakeholders whilst reducing travel and ultimately aiding player welfare.

“The tournament has proved to be an important stepping stone to Rugby World Cup success for Southern Hemisphere teams but there is always room for improvement and innovation,” SANZAAR boss Brendan Morris said.

“The new structure “reinstates the touring traditions of rugby which previously have been an integral part of our game and will prove popular we believe with players, fans and broadcasters alike.”

The Springboks will host the All Blacks in Nelspruit and Johannesburg as the first mini-tour from August 6 through to August 13, while Argentina hosts Australia during the same period.

New Zealand welcomes Los Pumas to Christchurch and Hamilton on August 27, and September 3, whilst Australia hosts South Africa in Adelaide and Sydney.

The only home and away fixtures will be played on September 15 and 24, where the All Blacks and Wallabies clash in Melbourne and Auckland, with the Springboks and Argentina face off in Buenos Aires and Durban on the same dates.

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