In news this week, the Rugby Championship 2019 Match Schedule has been released. SANZAAR confirmed that an abbreviated six-match series will see reduced fixtures; during this Rugby World Cup year.
From the media release, it is reported that ‘The Rugby Championship is shortened to a three-round, six-match tournament from the traditional six-round, 12-match tournament with each team playing each other home or away this year’.
Rugby Championship 2019 Match Schedule
Considering the shortened #RugbyChampionship schedule, I'm confused if it is a six game series or eight? The 'final week' might skew the outcome of the Championship winner; if there is an upset in Auckland or Pretoria
Still, looking forward to this preview leading up to RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/MW5P8IMXyW
— scott hornell (@scotthornell73) April 14, 2019
With six matches completed, the Rugby Championship 2019 match schedule should have produced a clear winner. Notwithstanding a drawn match, either one of the four sides can take a degree of confidence away from the three games played.
Ongoing preparations toward the Rugby World Cup 2019
An additional round of matches will be played on the weekend of August 17, to allow a further home match for New Zealand and South Africa, as ongoing preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019.
The holder of The Rugby Championship trophy must put that to one side, as the focus becomes form and function. Preparations that will have to hold those teams in good stead, as the pinnacle event in World Rugby approaches in September.
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