The 2011 Rugby World Cup is around the corner and the 2011 ABSA Currie Cup has already started, but there’s another Rugby Tournament (which kicks off this coming weekened).
The 2011 Tri Nations Rugby Tournament kicks off this coming weekend (on the 23rd of July 2011). Most Southern Hemisphere Natives are aware that this tournament is played between South Africa (the Springboks), New Zealand (the All Blacks) and Australia (the Wallabies). The competition is organized by SANZAR (a consortium formed by the 3 countries’ rugby governing bodies).
From the first tournament in 1996 until 2005, the three teams played each other twice. This was changed in 2006: Teams play against each other 3 times since then. Although, in years when the IRB Rugby World Cup is played (like this year) the amount of matches are reduced to 2. The Tri Nations will change its face in 2012 when Argentina is added to the mixture of Southern Hemisphere rugby. The tournament’s name will then be known as the Four Nations.
New Zealand are by far the most succesful Tri Nations team in the tournament’s history. The All Blacks have won the Tri Nations 10 times. They are also the defending champions. Australia have won it twice (in 2000 and 2001) and Springboks have won it 3 times (in 1998, 2004 and 2009).
This is a list of matches scheduled for the 2011 Tri Nations Rugby Tournament:
- 23 July 2011 – Australia vs South Africa – ANZ Stadium, Sydney – Kick Off at 12:05 PM
- 30 July 2011 – New Zealand vs South Africa – Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Kick Off at 09:35 AM
- 6 August 2011 – New Zealand vs Australia – Eden Park, Auckland – Kick Off at 09:35 AM
- 13 August 2011 – South Africa vs Australia – Mr Price Kings Park, Durban – Kick Off at 05:05 PM
- 20 August 2011 – South Africa vs New Zealand – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kick Off at 05:05 PM
- 27 August 2011 – Australia vs New Zealand – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – Kick Off at 12:05 PM
A South African team may not have won the Super 15 this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Springboks will perform poorly in this year’s Tri Nations. International rugby (especially of the Southern Hemisphere variety) is played on a whole different level. The Springboks might just be victorious in this years tournament. Who knows? Please feel free to comment on this post and let the readers of Running Wolf’s Rant know what you think, feedback is appreciated.
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