Canan Moodie Rugby Championship Springbok

Canan Moodie of South Africa tackled by Reece Hodge of Australia during the 2023 Rugby Championship between South Africa and Australia at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on 08 July 2023 Images: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby Championship opens door for Springbok triumph

The Springboks have been handed a huge Rugby Championship advantage by the schedule which was recently finalised.

Canan Moodie Rugby Championship Springbok

Canan Moodie of South Africa tackled by Reece Hodge of Australia during the 2023 Rugby Championship between South Africa and Australia at Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on 08 July 2023 Images: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Springboks have been handed a huge Rugby Championship advantage by the schedule.

In 2024, the tournament returns to double rounds. This system features a mixture of home and away fixtures but the schedule has been kind to the Springboks.

Facing the All Blacks at home 

The Springboks will play both their matches against bitter rivals New Zealand in South Africa.

Rugby Australia have yet to announce the venues for those two Tests but the Springboks will be out to improve a pretty poor recent record in Australia when one considers the Wallabies’ general struggles.

The Springboks have won just one of their last nine Test matches against the Wallabies in Australia.

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The All Blacks schedule also seems to be intriguingly balanced as they don’t have to travel to Argentina at all, playing their double home round against the Pumas.

Home comforts for the Springboks

This does mean that the All Blacks have quite a simple travel schedule starting at home against the Pumas in Wellington and Auckland.

Travelling to the Highveld to face the Springboks at Ellis Park two weeks later will be a key moment for the All Blacks.

The All Blacks round off their campaign with matches against the Wallabies in Sydney and then return to Wellington’s Sky Stadium to end their Rugby Championship campaign on the spot they began.

The underdogs

Under Joe Schmidt the Wallabies will start their campaign with a couple of home Tests against the Springboks before they double up in Argentina and then return home to face New Zealand in Sydney.

The Pumas start away in New Zealand, return home to face Australia twice and then the Springboks once before they travel to Mbombela to conclude the Rugby Championship.

Springboks to finally win a ‘full’ Rugby Championship?

It will be hard work for the Springboks to set up those home Tests against the All Blacks as being decisive as they will need to match the All Blacks results against Argentina when they face the Wallabies.

While they may not mount serious title challenges, Argentina and Australia are both capable of taking a match or two off the more fancied Springboks and All Blacks.

The All Blacks have seemingly always found a way to finish the Rugby Championship well on top, winning 10 of 12 editions of the elite competition.