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2013 Rugby Championship

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Bledisloe Cup  New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate  South Africa
Freedom Cup  New Zealand
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Date  17 August 2013 – 5 October 2013
Countries  Argentina  Australia  New Zealand  South Africa
Champions  New Zealand (2nd title)

The 2013 Rugby Championship, known as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina for sponsorship reasons, was the second edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere championship consisting of Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. New Zealand as the 2012 holders, was trying to keep their 100% winning record in the championship after winning six from six in 2012.


The Championship began on 17 August with Australia hosting New Zealand at the ANZ Stadium and South Africa hosting Argentina at the FNB Stadium. The South Africa vs Argentina match was originally meant to be held at the Free State Stadium, but it was moved to the FNB to form a unique sports programme – Nelson Mandela Sports Day – in honour of Nelson Mandela.

The Championship concluded with South Africa hosting New Zealand at the Coca-Cola Park and Argentina hosting Australia at the Estadio Gigante de Arroyito. Argentina were the only nation to reuse the same venues from 2012.

The Championship was retained by New Zealand after a 38-27 win against South Africa in Ellis Park on 5 October, keeping their 100% winning record in the championship.

Round 1


  • Matt Toomua, Scott Sio, Scott Fardy, Tevita Kuridrani and Nic White made their debuts for Australia, with Toomua being the first Wallaby to make his debut against New Zealand in the starting XV since Rod Kafer in 1999.
  • Ryan Crotty made his debut for New Zealand.
  • New Zealand recorded a 100 test victories against Australia, making them the first ever team to record a century of victories over a single nation.
  • With McCaw's try, he becomes the first New Zealand forward to score 100 test points.
  • Notes:

  • With this win, South Africa records their biggest winning margin over Argentina of 60. It was previously 54 which they held from 2008.
  • South Africa records the biggest winning margin in either the Rugby Championship or Tri Nations. It was previously held by Australia in 2006 following a 49-0 victory over South Africa
  • Round 2


  • Tom Taylor made his debut for New Zealand.
  • Tony Woodcock became the fourth New Zealand player to earn 100 test caps.
  • With this win, New Zealand retains the Bledisloe Cup.
  • Notes:

  • With this win, South Africa record their first away win in The Rugby Championship
  • Bismarck du Plessis earned his 50th cap for South Africa.
  • Round 3


  • During the match, Dan Carter became the first player to pass 1400 international test points.
  • Francis Saili made his debut for New Zealand (All Black number 1126).
  • Notes:

  • Australia captain James Horwill was selected in the starting XV, but was withdrawn ahead of the match with a hamstring injury. Jake Schatz could have made his debut of the bench, but was ruled out hours before kick off with a knee injury.
  • First win for South Africa at Suncorp Stadium and the first in Brisbane since 1971.
  • The victory marks the biggest ever winning margin by South Africa over Australia in Australia.
  • Round 4


  • New Zealand retain the Freedom Cup.
  • Owen Franks earned his 50th test cap playing for New Zealand.
  • Notes:

  • Brumbies captain Ben Mowen became the 80th test captain for the Wallabies on just his 7th test.
  • Australia retain the Puma Trophy.
  • First match Australia has failed to score points in the second half since the home test v New Zealand in 2005.
  • Juan Manuel Leguizamón earned his 50th test cap playing for Argentina.
  • Round 5


  • Fly-half Morné Steyn and prop Jannie du Plessis earned their 50th caps.
  • Australia winger Chris Feauai-Sautia made his international debut at the age of 19, and scored his first international try.
  • South Africa claim the Mandela Challenge Plate for the first time since 2009.
  • Round 6


  • South African Tendai Mtawarira earns his 50th test cap.
  • Franco van der Merwe made his international debut for South Africa.
  • Ben Smith scored his 8th try of the tournament, a new record in either the Rugby Championship / Tri Nations.
  • New Zealand centre pairing Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu surpass the 50 starts shared by Ireland pair Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy to become the most-capped centre pairing.
  • Notes:

  • Bernard Foley made his international debut for Australia, and scored his first international try.
  • Felipe Contepomi made his final appearance for Argentina.
  • First bonus point win for Australia in The Rugby Championship, and the most points scores in either the Rugby Championship / Tri Nations
  • Warm-up matches

    On 3 August and 9 August, Argentina played two uncapped matches against a New South Wales Waratahs Barbarians team in La Plata and in Salta in preparation for the tournament. The NSW Barbarians was composed of 21 Waratahs players (mostly players not involved in the Australian set-up for the championship) and 13 Shute Shield players.


    Note: Ages, Caps and Clubs are off the starting date of the tournament (17 August 2013).


    Argentina 30-man Squad for the Championship was announced on 25 June.

    Tomás Lavanini was added to the squad to cover the second row.

    Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.


    2013 Rugby Championship Wikipedia