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The 2016 Rugby Championship was the fifth edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions. New Zealand won their first four matches with bonus points to gain an unassailable lead, winning the title for the fourth time.

2016 Rugby Championship
Date20 August 2016 – 8 October 2016
Countries Argentina
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (4th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Puma Trophy Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Tries scored70 (5.83 per match)
Attendance431,288 (35,941 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Beauden Barrett (81)
Most triesNew Zealand Israel Dagg (5)
New Zealand Ben Smith (5)
2015
2017

The tournament started on 20 August after the 2016 Summer Olympics had concluded, with Australia hosting New Zealand and South Africa hosting Argentina. The tournament ran for eight weeks with two bye weeks, ending on 8 October when South Africa hosted New Zealand and Argentina played Australia in London, England at Twickenham Stadium.

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BackgroundEdit

The tournament was operated by SANZAAR and known for sponsorship reasons as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa,[1] The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand,[2] The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia[3] and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina.[4]

The 2016 Championship returned to a 6-round format, with each team playing the other home and away. The previous year it had been reduced to 3 rounds so that the 2015 Rugby World Cup could be accommodated.[5] It was the first tournament for which Argentina was a full member of SANZAAR, and the first in which they had a team competing in the SANZAAR-run Super Rugby competition.[6]

For the first time a match was played in a neutral venue. Argentina's home match against Australia on 8 October was held at Twickenham in London.[7]

Australia were the holders of the title, having won the 2015 edition.[8]

OverviewEdit

In June there was a break from the 2016 Super rugby tournament while the four Southern Hemisphere national teams played test matches against touring Northern Hemisphere nations. New Zealand won all three tests against Wales, Australia were whitewashed by England in their three tests (the first time they had lost a series against England in Australia),[9] Argentina's series against France ended in one win each and Ireland won their first match in South Africa before losing the next two and the series.[10][11] These results and their 11 match winning streak leading into the tournament made New Zealand firm favourites to secure their fourth Rugby Championship title since it expanded to include Argentina five years ago.[11]

The opening match was played between New Zealand and Australia at ANZ stadium in Sydney. New Zealand comprehensively beat Australia 42–8, scoring six tries to one. In the first half Ryan Crotty, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo and man of the match Beauden Barrett scored tries for New Zealand, while Australia only managed a solitary penalty through Bernard Foley. Australia's cause was not helped as they lost three backs (Matt Giteau, Rob Horne and Matt Toomua) to injury. After the break New Zealand scored two more tries with Dane Coles and Julian Savea dotting down, while Nick Phipps scored a consolation try for Australia at the end.[12] South Africa narrowly beat Argentina 30–23 in Mbombela, scoring a try in the final minutes to take the lead. South Africa took an early lead after Ruan Combrinck scored a try in the corner, but Argentina struck back though a try of their own to Matias Orlando to take a 13–10 lead into the halftime break. Late in the second half Argentina looked to have won the game when Santiago Cordero collected a Nicolás Sánchez chip to give Argentina a 10-point lead with 11 minutes remaining. However, South Africa leveled after a Johan Goosen try and an Elton Jantjies penalty, before Warren Whiteley sealed the win with two minutes remaining.[13]

The second round featured the same teams playing their return matches. New Zealand kept Australia try-less, winning 29–9 and retaining the Bledisloe Cup for the thirteenth straight year. Despite Israel Dagg scoring two tries, Australia put in a better defensive effort and New Zealand only led 15–9 at the half time break. Julian Savea and Sam Cane scored a try each in the second half while keeping Australia scoreless.[14] Argentina reversed the result against South Africa in Salta, kicking a last minute penalty to secure a 26–24 victory. Argentina outplayed South Africa in the first half, scoring one try to fullback Joaquin Tuculet, to lead 13–3. South Africa struck back in the second half with veteran winger Bryan Habana scoring a record 65th test try. Juan Leguizamon scored a second try for Argentina and they led by seven with 13 minutes remaining. South Africa took the lead for the first time in the match with six minutes left when Pieter-Steph du Toit scored a try and then Morne Steyn landed a penalty. Argentina were able to defended strongly to prevent South Africa scoring any more points, before Gonzalez Iglesias landed a match winning penalty in the 77th minute.[15]

After a week's break Argentina traveled to New Zealand and following a competitive first half dropped away to lose 57–22. Argentina took the lead after only two minutes as Cordero scored under the posts from the opening passage of play. However, New Zealand struck straight back with a Julian Savea try. Ben Smith and Barrett also scored for New Zealand while Sanchez's four penalties kept Argentina close, with New Zealand leading 24–19 at half time. The second half was all New Zealand as they scored five tries to Ben Smith, Charlie Faumuiana, Luke Romano and Crotty twice against a solitary penalty from Sanchez.[16] Australia hosted South Africa, ending a six match losing streak after clinching a 23–17 victory in the wet at Brisbane. Only one point separated the two teams at the half time break. Whiteley and Goosen had scored tries early for South Africa to give them the lead, while an Adam Coleman try and two Foley penalties brought Australia to within one point. Early in the second half South African lock Eben Etzebeth was sin binned for a dangerous challenge and Foley kicked the resulting penalty to give Australia a slight lead. Foley then scored the decisive try 20 minutes later to give them their first win of the tournament.[17]

In the fourth round New Zealand continued their winning form, downing South Africa 41–13 in Christchurch, while Argentina fell to a 36–20 defeat in Australia. New Zealand hooker Coles set up tries for Dagg, Julian Savea and Sam Whitelock with some crisp passing. Ben Smith, Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara also scored tries, while South Africa's only try came early when Habana crossed in the first 10 minutes.[18] Australia jumped to a 21-point lead against Argentina after Samu Kerevi, Dane Haylett-Petty and Will Genia all scored converted tries in the first 12 minute. Argentina responded with two penalties and at halftime the score was 21–6. Cordera scored early in the second half to bring the deficit to eight, before Sean McMahon beat four defenders to set up Genia's second try. Quade Cooper then set up a decisive try for Michael Hooper to give Australia a 20-point lead, with Argentina only managing a late consolation try to Facundo Isa.[19]

Four wins from four games and four bonus points for scoring at least three tries more than their opposition in each game[20] meant that the Rugby Championship title returned to New Zealand with two rounds still to play.[18][21] The 24 tries scored by New Zealand at this point in the tournament is more than the other three nations combined[22] and they are within three wins of the record for the longest winning streak in tests.[23] Stuart Barnes has labelled the current New Zealand team the most dominant in rugby history,[24] something which former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick does not think is "good for the game as a whole".[25]

StandingsEdit

Place Nation Games Points[26] Try
Bonus
Losing
Bonus
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff
1   New Zealand 6 6 0 0 262 84 +178 6 0 30
2   Australia 6 3 0 3 119 147 −28 1 0 13
3   South Africa 6 2 0 4 117 180 −63 0 2 10
4   Argentina 6 1 0 5 129 216 −87 0 1 5

FixturesEdit

Round 1Edit

20 August 2016
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   8–42   New Zealand
Try: Phipps 74' m
Pen: Foley (1/1) 3'
Report[27] Try: Crotty 5' c
Barrett 25' c
Kaino 30' m
Naholo 38' c
Coles 55' m
J. Savea 58' m
Con: Barrett (3/5) 7', 26', 39'
Pen: Barrett (2/3) 16', 22'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 65,328
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Giteau   11'
LW 11 Dane Haylett-Petty
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Ben McCalman   61'
RL 5 Rob Simmons   49'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   54'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   62'
LP 1 Scott Sio   50'   74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   62'
PR 17 James Slipper   50'   74'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa   54'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   49'
FL 20 Scott Fardy   61'
SH 21 Nick Phipps   39'
CE 22 Matt Toomua   11'   30'
WG 23 Rob Horne   30'   39'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty   40'
LW 11 Waisake Naholo   39'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith   67'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)   73' to 80'
OF 7 Sam Cane   63'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   57'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   45'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   2'
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dane Coles   2'
PR 17 Kane Hames   57'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   45'
FL 19 Liam Squire   57'
FL 20 Ardie Savea   63'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   67'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden   40'
WG 23 Julian Savea   39'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Allan Alaalatoa (Australia) made his international debut.
  • Kane Hames (New Zealand) made his international debut.
  • This was New Zealand's first win over Australia at ANZ Stadium since 2013.[28]

20 August 2016
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   30–23   Argentina
Try: Combrinck 6' c
Goosen 70' c
Whiteley 78' c
Con: Jantjies (3/3) 8', 71', 79'
Pen: Jantjies (3/5) 17', 55', 73'
Report[29] Try: Orlando 24' c
Cordero 66' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 26', 67'
Pen: Sánchez (3/4) 15', 23', 64'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Attendance: 27,357
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Ruan Combrinck
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe
IC 12 Damian de Allende   73'
LW 11 Bryan Habana   45' to 55'
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé
BF 6 Francois Louw   53'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   53'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Julian Redelinghuys   31'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   53'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   31'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit   53'
FL 20 Jaco Kriel   53'
SH 21 Rudy Paige
CE 22 Juan de Jongh   73'
FB 23 Jesse Kriel
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Orlando   75'
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández
LW 11 Manuel Montero   21' to 31'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Martín Landajo   55'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón   63'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Matías Alemanno   55'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   62'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   62'
PR 17 Felipe Arregui
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto
LK 19 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   55'
FL 20 Javier Ortega Desio   63'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   55'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias   75'
WG 23 Ramiro Moyano
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Round 2Edit

27 August 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   29–9   Australia
Try: Dagg (2) 7' c, 21' m
J. Savea 46' c
Cane 61' c
Con: Barrett (3/4) 8', 47', 63'
Pen: Barrett (1/3) 13'
Report[30] Pen: Foley (2/2) 11', 20'
Hodge (1/2) 34'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 35,372
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Anton Lienert-Brown   75'
LW 11 Julian Savea   65'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith   65'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane   72'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick   69'
TP 3 Owen Franks   51'
HK 2 Dane Coles   69'
LP 1 Joe Moody   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Parsons   69'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett   51'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   51'
FL 19 Liam Squire   69'
FL 20 Ardie Savea   72'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   65'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden   65'
CE 23 Seta Tamanivalu   75'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper   16'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi   67'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Dane Haylett-Petty
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia   67'
N8 8 David Pocock   63'   69'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy   37'   63'   69'
RL 5 Adam Coleman   36' to 46'   63'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   51'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   38'   40'   48' to 53'   63'
LP 1 Scott Sio   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   38'   40'   48'   53'   63'
PR 17 James Slipper   51'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa   51'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   37'
LK 20 Will Skelton   63'
SH 21 Nick Phipps   67'
CE 22 Tevita Kuridrani   67'
FB 23 Reece Hodge   16'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Israel Dagg (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:


27 August 2016
16:40 AST (UTC-03)
Argentina   26–24   South Africa
Try: Tuculet 30' c
Leguizamón 47' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 32'
Hernández (1/1) 48'
Pen: Sánchez (2/2) 22', 29'
Hernández (1/1) 54'
González Iglesias (1/1) 77'
Report[31] Try: Habana 44' c
Du Toit 67' m
Con: Goosen (1/1) 45'
Pen: Jantjies (2/4) 20', 42'
Steyn (2/3) 63', 73'
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Orlando   60'
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández   66'
LW 11 Manuel Montero   40'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   45'
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón   66'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini   45'
LL 4 Matías Alemanno
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   19' to 29'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   60'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   60'
PR 17 Felipe Arregui   64'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   66'
LK 19 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   45'
FL 20 Javier Ortega Desio   66'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   60'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias   45'
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino   40'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade
FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Ruan Combrinck   32'
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   45'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   73'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé
BF 6 Francois Louw   54'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   45'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch   45'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   45'
PR 18 Lourens Adriaanse   45'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit   45'
FL 20 Jaco Kriel   54'
SH 21 Rudy Paige   73'
FH 22 Morné Steyn   45'
FB 23 Jesse Kriel   32'
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match
Facundo Isa (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

  • Felipe Arregui (Argentina) made his international debut.
  • Tomás Cubelli (Argentina) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Argentina beat South Africa for the first time on home soil.

Round 3Edit

10 September 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   57–22   Argentina
Try: J. Savea 10' c
B. Smith (2) 23' c, 66' c
Barrett 35' c
Crotty (2) 53' c, 63' c
Faumuina 56' c
Romano 76' m
Con: Barrett (6/6) 11', 24', 36', 54', 57', 64'
Cruden (1/2) 68'
Pen: Dagg (1/1) 31'
Report[32] Try: Cordero 2' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 2'
Pen: Sánchez (5/6) 14', 18', 26', 38', 49'
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 23,361
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty   68'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett   64'
SH 9 Aaron Smith   48'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane   45'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick   64'
TP 3 Owen Franks   48'
HK 2 Dane Coles   52'
LP 1 Joe Moody   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor   52'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett   52'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   48'
LK 19 Luke Romano   64'
FL 20 Ardie Savea   45'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   48'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden   64'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown   68'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández   36'
LW 11 Santiago Cordero
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   64'
SH 9 Martín Landajo   60'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera   64'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   40'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   65'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   62'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   62'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   62'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   65'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer   64'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore   40'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   60'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias   36'
WG 23 Ramiro Moyano   64'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Julian Savea (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


10 September 2016
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   23–17   South Africa
Try: Coleman 26' c
Foley 61' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 28', 62'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 10', 34', 42'
Report[33] Try: Whiteley 2' c
Goosen 17' c
Con: Jantjies (2/2) 3', 18'
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 65'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 30,327
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty   68'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi   73'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 David Pocock   73'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman   54'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   50'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   54'
LP 1 Scott Sio   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   54'
PR 17 James Slipper   50'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa   50'
LK 19 Rory Arnold   54'
FL 20 Sean McMahon   73'
SH 21 Nick Phipps
CE 22 Tevita Kuridrani   73'
WG 23 Drew Mitchell   68'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Bryan Habana   58'   63'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard   78'
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   64'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé   46'
BF 6 Francois Louw   50'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   40'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   41' to 51'
TP 3 Lourens Adriaanse   50'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)   73'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi   73'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane   50'
PR 18 Steven Kitshoff   50'
LK 19 Franco Mostert   46'
LK 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit   40'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel   50'
FH 22 Morné Steyn   64'
CE 23 Lionel Mapoe   58'   63'   78'
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match:
Michael Hooper

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Eben Etzebeth became the youngest South African player to earn his 50th test cap.
  • This was Australia's first back-to-back win over South Africa since their 2011/12 wins.
  • Australia retain the Mandela Challenge Plate.

Round 4Edit

17 September 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   41–13   South Africa
Try: Dagg 21' m
J. Savea 27' c
B. Smith 48' c
A. Savea 55' c
Whitelock 64' m
Perenara 70' c
Con: Barrett (4/6) 28', 49', 57', 71'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 8'
Report[34] Try: Habana 18' c
Con: Jantjies (1/1) 19'
Pen: Jantjies (2/2) 36', 52'
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 20,826
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg   67'
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty   65'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith   63'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Ardie Savea   59'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   52'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   53'
HK 2 Dane Coles   65'
LP 1 Joe Moody   45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor   65'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett   45'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   53'
LK 19 Luke Romano   59'
FL 20 Matt Todd   52'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   63'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga   67'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown   65'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

FB 15 Johan Goosen   50'
RW 14 Bryan Habana
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   59'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé   50'
BF 6 Francois Louw   59'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit   62'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch   71'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)   43'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   43'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   59'
PR 18 Lourens Adriaanse   71'
LK 19 Franco Mostert   62'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   50'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel   59'
FH 22 Morné Steyn   59'
CE 23 Damian de Allende   50'
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match:
Dane Coles (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


17 September 2016
18:05 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia   36–20   Argentina
Try: Kerevi 1' c
Haylett-Petty 7' c
Genia (2) 11' c, 51' m
Hooper 63' c
Con: Foley (4/5) 2', 8', 12', 64'
Pen: Hodge (1/1) 74'
Report[35] Try: Cordero 43' c
Isa 71' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 43', 71'
Pen: Sánchez (2/3) 22', 33'
nib Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 16,202
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi   73'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper   67' to 77'
SH 9 Will Genia   67'
N8 8 David Pocock   35'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm   67'
RL 5 Adam Coleman   60'
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   60'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   48'
LP 1 Scott Sio   32' to 42'   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   48'
PR 17 James Slipper   35'   44'   60'
PR 18 Tom Robertson   60'
LK 19 Rory Arnold   60'
FL 20 Lopeti Timani   67'
FL 21 Sean McMahon   44'
SH 22 Nick Phipps   67'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani   73'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Santiago González Iglesias   31'   36'
LW 11 Lucas González Amorosino   61'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   67'   71'
SH 9 Tomás Cubelli   61'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón   44'
BF 6 Pablo Matera   65'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Javier Ortega Desio
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   65'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   46'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   46'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   61'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   65'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer   65'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore   44'
SH 21 Martín Landajo   61'
CE 22 Gabriel Ascárate   31'   36'   67'   71'
CE 23 Matías Orlando   61'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Will Genia (Australia)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Dean Mumm (Australia) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Tom Robertson and Lopeti Timani (both Australia) made their international debuts.
  • Australia retain the Puma Trophy.
  • With this Australian win, New Zealand secured their fourth Rugby Championship title, with two rounds to play.

Round 5Edit

1 October 2016
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   18–10   Australia
Pen: Steyn (4/5) 25', 34', 40', 75'
Drop: Steyn (2/2) 4', 79'
Report[36] Try: Sio 13' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 14'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 7'
FB 15 Patrick Lambie
RW 14 Bryan Habana   45'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel   38'
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Rudy Paige   56'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé   54'
BF 6 Francois Louw
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit   44'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch   44'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   44'
PR 18 Julian Redelinghuys   44'
LK 19 Lood de Jager   44'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   56'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel   54'
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe   38'
FB 23 Willie le Roux   45'
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

FB 15 Israel Folau   33' to 43'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty   68'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi   53'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia   76'
N8 8 Sean McMahon   40'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman   45'
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   55'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)
LP 1 Scott Sio   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Hanson
PR 17 James Slipper   55'
PR 18 Tom Robertson   55'
LK 19 Kane Douglas   45'
FL 20 Scott Fardy   40'
SH 21 Nick Phipps   76'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani   53'
WG 23 Sefa Naivalu   68'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Adriaan Strauss (South Africa)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Notes:


1 October 2016
19:10 AST (UTC−03)
Argentina   17–36   New Zealand
Try: Isa 57' c
Tuculet 76' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 57'
González Iglesias (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 33'
Report[37] Try: Lienert-Brown 27' c
Crotty 34' c
Coles 38' c
Perenara 39' m
Smith 44' c
Con: Barrett (4/5) 28', 34', 36', 45'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 2'
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni   75'
IC 12 Santiago González Iglesias
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   68'
SH 9 Martín Landajo   56'
N8 8 Facundo Isa   79'
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera   65'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno   57'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   63'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   48'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   48'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   52'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   63'
FL 19 Juan Manuel Leguizamón   65'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore   57'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   56'
CE 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente   68'
CE 23 Matías Orlando   75'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 Ryan Crotty   48'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett   75'
SH 9 TJ Perenara   68'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)   75'
OF 7 Ardie Savea
BF 6 Liam Squire   64' to 74'   51'   63'
RL 5 Brodie Retallick   47'
LL 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
TP 3 Owen Franks   63'
HK 2 Dane Coles   69'
LP 1 Joe Moody   51' to 61'   63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor   69'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett   51'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   63'
LK 19 Sam Whitelock   47'
N8 20 Elliot Dixon   75'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow   68'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga   75'
FB 23 Damian McKenzie   48'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Notes:

Round 6Edit

8 October 2016
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   15–57   New Zealand
Pen: Steyn (5/5) 4', 17', 26', 49', 58'
Report[38] Try: Dagg (2) 21' m, 43' m
Perenara (2) 32' c, 60' c
Barrett (2) 54' m, 70' c
Taylor 73' c
Smith 76' c
Squire 80' c
Con: Barrett (3/6) 32', 61', 71'
Sopoaga (3/3) 73', 77', 80'
FB 15 Patrick Lambie
RW 14 Francois Hougaard
OC 13 Juan de Jongh
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn   63'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   67'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé   45'
BF 6 Francois Louw   11'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   45'
TP 3 Vincent Koch   45'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)   73'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi   73'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   50'
PR 18 Julian Redelinghuys   45'
LK 19 Lood de Jager   71' to 80'   45'
FL 20 Willem Alberts   45'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel   11'
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe   67'
FB 23 Willie le Roux   63'
Coach:
  Allister Coetzee

FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 Ryan Crotty   65'
LW 11 Waisake Naholo   62'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 TJ Perenara   67'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Matt Todd   55'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   62'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks   65'
HK 2 Dane Coles   67'
LP 1 Joe Moody   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor   80' to 80'   67'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett   50'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina   65'
FL 19 Liam Squire   62'
FL 20 Ardie Savea   55'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow   67'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga   62'
CE 23 George Moala   65'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Notes:

  • This was New Zealand's biggest winning margin over South Africa away, surpassing the previous 36 point-margin set in 2003.
  • The 57 points scored were the most conceded by South Africa ever.
  • New Zealand equaled a tier 1 record of 17 consecutive wins in a row.

8 October 2016
19:30 BST (UTC+01)
Argentina   21–33   Australia
Try: Alemanno 20' m
De la Fuente 44' c
Con: González Iglesias (1/2) 46'
Pen: González Iglesias (3/5) 40', 54', 69'
Report[39] Try: Coleman 5' c
Kerevi (2) 38' m, 49' c
Mumm 76' m
Con: Foley (2/4) 6', 50'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 10', 26', 73'
Twickenham Stadium, London, England
Attendance: 48,515
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano   57'
FH 10 Santiago González Iglesias
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Leonardo Senatore   50'
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal   74'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera   67'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c)   65'
LP 1 Lucas Noguera Paz   67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya   65'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta   67'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   67'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer   74'
FL 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón   50'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli   57'
CE 22 Gabriel Ascárate
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade

FB 15 Israel Folau   78'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia   63'
N8 8 Lopeti Timani   69'
OF 7 Michael Hooper   16' to 26'
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman   30' to 40'   60'
LL 4 Rory Arnold   54'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   60'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   74'
LP 1 Scott Sio   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Hanson   74'
PR 17 Tom Robertson   60'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa   60'
LK 19 Kane Douglas   60'
FL 20 Scott Fardy   54'
N8 21 Leroy Houston   69'
SH 22 Nick Phipps   63'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani   78'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Touch judges:
JP Doyle (England)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

SquadsEdit

SummaryEdit

Nation Match venues Head coach Captain
Name City Capacity
  Argentina Twickenham Stadium[a] London 82,000   Daniel Hourcade Agustín Creevy
José Amalfitani Stadium Buenos Aires 49,540
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena Salta 20,408
  Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney 84,000   Michael Cheika Stephen Moore
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 52,500
nib Stadium Perth 20,500
  New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wellington 34,500   Steve Hansen Kieran Read
Waikato Stadium Hamilton 25,800
AMI Stadium Christchurch 18,000
  South Africa Growthpoint Kings Park Durban 52,000   Allister Coetzee Adriaan Strauss
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria 51,762
Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit 40,929
  1. ^ The UAR will take their home game against Australia to Twickenham Stadium in London, and play the game in a neutral venue.[7]

Note: Ages, caps and domestic side are of 20 August 2016 – the starting date of the tournament

ArgentinaEdit

On 20 July 2016, Argentina named a 33-man squad for the Championship.[40]

1 On 10 August 2016, Felipe Arregui, replacing Santiago García Botta, was named in Argentina's 26-man travelling squad for the opening match against South Africa.[41]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08)8 August 1991 (aged 25) 2   CUBA
Agustín Creevy (c) Hooker (1985-03-15)15 March 1985 (aged 31) 49   Jaguares
Julián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29)29 October 1993 (aged 22) 19   Jaguares
Felipe Arregui 1 Prop (1994-06-09)9 June 1994 (aged 22) 0   Duendes
Santiago García Botta 1 Prop (1992-06-19)19 June 1992 (aged 24) 9   Jaguares
Ramiro Herrera Prop (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 (aged 27) 22   Jaguares
Lucas Noguera Paz Prop (1993-10-05)5 October 1993 (aged 22) 23   Jaguares
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15)15 December 1994 (aged 21) 3   Córdoba
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-11-06)6 November 1989 (aged 26) 25   Jaguares
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05)5 December 1991 (aged 24) 21   Jaguares
Marcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 (aged 19) 0   Atlético del Rosario
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22)22 January 1993 (aged 23) 28   Jaguares
Guido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17)17 November 1994 (aged 21) 15   Jaguares
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Flanker (1983-06-06)6 June 1983 (aged 33) 68   Jaguares
Tomás Lezana Flanker (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 (aged 22) 8   Jaguares
Pablo Matera Flanker (1993-07-18)18 July 1993 (aged 23) 25   Jaguares
Javier Ortega Desio Flanker (1990-06-14)14 June 1990 (aged 26) 22   Jaguares
Facundo Isa Number 8 (1993-09-21)21 September 1993 (aged 22) 16   Jaguares
Leonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13)13 May 1984 (aged 32) 36   Jaguares
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12)12 June 1989 (aged 27) 48   Brumbies
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-04-15)15 April 1993 (aged 23) 3   Jaguares
Martín Landajo Scrum-half (1988-06-14)14 June 1988 (aged 28) 56   Jaguares
Santiago González Iglesias Fly-half (1988-06-16)16 June 1988 (aged 28) 22   Jaguares
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26)26 October 1988 (aged 27) 42   Jaguares
Gabriel Ascárate Centre (1987-10-20)20 October 1987 (aged 28) 17   Jaguares
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 25) 21   Jaguares
Juan Martín Hernández Centre (1982-08-07)7 August 1982 (aged 34) 60   Jaguares
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29)29 March 1991 (aged 25) 11   Jaguares
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14)14 November 1991 (aged 24) 11   Jaguares
Santiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06)6 December 1993 (aged 22) 21   Jaguares
Manuel Montero Wing (1991-11-20)20 November 1991 (aged 24) 24   Jaguares
Ramiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28)28 May 1990 (aged 26) 8   Jaguares
Lucas González Amorosino Fullback (1985-11-02)2 November 1985 (aged 30) 50   Jaguares
Joaquín Tuculet Fullback (1989-08-08)8 August 1989 (aged 27) 31   Jaguares

AustraliaEdit

On 29 July 2016, Michael Cheika named a 36-man training squad for the 2016 Rugby Championship.[42]

On 5 August, Cheika named the final 33-man squad for the Championship, with Nick Frisby, Luke Morahan and Toby Smith missing out on the final squad.[43]

1 On 4 September, Rory Arnold, Kyle Godwin, Luke Morahan, Sefa Naivalu and Henry Speight were called up to the squad as injury replacements and cover for Adam Ashley-Cooper (returned to France), Matt Giteau and Rob Horne (ruled out for remainder of Championship) and Ben McCalman and Matt Toomua (still recovering from injury sustained in Round 1).[44]

2 On 11 September, Toby Smith was called up to the squad as injury cover for Allan Alaalatoa, who was ruled out of Round 4 after sustaining an injury against South Africa in Round 3.[45]

3 On 21 September, Nick Frisby and Tolu Latu was called up to the squad for the final two rounds, with Latu replacing Tatafu Polota-Nau in the squad due to injury.[46]

4 On 3 October, Leroy Houston was called up to the squad as an injury replacement for Sean McMahon ahead of the final round of the Championship.[47]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
James Hanson Hooker (1988-09-15)15 September 1988 (aged 27) 10   Melbourne Rebels
Tolu Latu 3 Hooker (1993-02-23)23 February 1993 (aged 23) 0   Waratahs
Stephen Moore (c) Hooker (1983-01-20)20 January 1983 (aged 33) 105   Brumbies
Tatafu Polota-Nau 3 Hooker (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 31) 64   Waratahs
Allan Alaalatoa 2 Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 22) 0   Brumbies
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 30) 66   Waratahs
Tom Robertson Prop (1994-08-28)28 August 1994 (aged 21) 0   Waratahs
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 24) 18   Brumbies
James Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 27) 77   Queensland Reds
Toby Smith 2 Prop (1988-10-10)10 October 1988 (aged 27) 4   Melbourne Rebels
Rory Arnold 1 Lock (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 26) 2   Brumbies
Adam Coleman Lock (1991-10-07)7 October 1991 (aged 24) 1   Western Force
Kane Douglas Lock (1989-06-01)1 June 1989 (aged 27) 23   Queensland Reds
Dean Mumm Lock (1984-03-05)5 March 1984 (aged 32) 46   Waratahs
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 27) 62   Queensland Reds
Will Skelton Lock (1992-05-03)3 May 1992 (aged 24) 15   Waratahs
Scott Fardy Flanker (1984-07-05)5 July 1984 (aged 32) 33   Brumbies
Michael Hooper Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 24) 54   Waratahs
Sean McMahon Flanker (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 22) 9   Melbourne Rebels
David Pocock Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 28) 56   Brumbies
Lopeti Timani Flanker (1990-09-28)28 September 1990 (aged 25) 0   Melbourne Rebels
Leroy Houston 4 Number 8 (1986-11-10)10 November 1986 (aged 29) 0   Queensland Reds
Ben McCalman 1 Number 8 (1988-03-18)18 March 1988 (aged 28) 48   Western Force
Nick Frisby 3 Scrum-half (1992-10-29)29 October 1992 (aged 23) 2   Queensland Reds
Will Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 28) 66   Stade Français
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 27) 42   Waratahs
Quade Cooper Fly-half (1988-04-05)5 April 1988 (aged 28) 58 Unattached
Bernard Foley Fly-half (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 (aged 26) 30   Waratahs
Matt Giteau 1 Centre (1982-09-29)29 September 1982 (aged 33) 102   Toulon
Kyle Godwin 1 Centre (1992-07-30)30 July 1992 (aged 24) 0   Western Force
Samu Kerevi Centre (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 22) 2   Queensland Reds
Tevita Kuridrani Centre (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 25) 34   Brumbies
Matt Toomua 1 Centre (1990-01-02)2 January 1990 (aged 26) 32   Brumbies
Adam Ashley-Cooper 1 Wing (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 32) 114   Bordeaux Bègles
Dane Haylett-Petty Wing (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 (aged 27) 3   Western Force
Rob Horne 1 Wing (1989-08-15)15 August 1989 (aged 27) 32   Waratahs
Drew Mitchell Wing (1984-03-26)26 March 1984 (aged 32) 70   Toulon
Luke Morahan 1 Wing (1990-04-13)13 April 1990 (aged 26) 2   Western Force
Sefa Naivalu 1 Wing (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 (aged 24) 0   Melbourne Rebels
Henry Speight 1 Wing (1988-03-24)24 March 1988 (aged 28) 5   Brumbies
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 27) 41   Waratahs
Reece Hodge Fullback (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 21) 0   Melbourne Rebels

New ZealandEdit

New Zealand's 32-man squad for the Championship was announced on 1 August 2016.[48]

1 On 11 August, Anton Lienert-Brown was called up to replace Sonny Bill Williams who was injured during the 2016 Summer Olympics rugby sevens tournament.[49]

2 On 14 August, Kane Hames and Matt Todd were added to the squad for the first match of the Championship as injury cover for Joe Moody and Sam Cane.[50]

3 On 22 August, Liam Coltman, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie, James Parsons and Seta Tamanivalu were called up to the squad as injury cover for Ryan Crotty, Nathan Harris, George Moala, Waisake Naholo and Codie Taylor.[51]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Dane Coles Hooker (1986-12-10)10 December 1986 (aged 29) 39 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Coltman 3 Hooker (1990-01-25)25 January 1990 (aged 26) 0 Highlanders / Otago
Nathan Harris 3 Hooker (1992-03-08)8 March 1992 (aged 24) 4 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
James Parsons 3 Hooker (1986-11-27)27 November 1986 (aged 29) 1 Blues / North Harbour
Codie Taylor 3 Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 25) 5 Crusaders / Canterbury
Wyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24)24 January 1983 (aged 33) 48 Crusaders / Canterbury
Charlie Faumuina Prop (1986-12-24)24 December 1986 (aged 29) 36 Blues / Auckland
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 28) 80 Crusaders / Canterbury
Kane Hames 2 Prop (1988-08-28)28 August 1988 (aged 27) 0 Chiefs / Tasman
Joe Moody 2 Prop (1988-09-18)18 September 1988 (aged 27) 14 Crusaders / Canterbury
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 24) 1 Blues / Auckland
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 25) 50 Chiefs / Hawke's Bay
Luke Romano Lock (1986-02-16)16 February 1986 (aged 30) 24 Crusaders / Canterbury
Patrick Tuipulotu Lock (1993-01-23)23 January 1993 (aged 23) 9 Blues / Auckland
Sam Whitelock Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 27) 75 Crusaders / Canterbury
Sam Cane 2 Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 24) 34 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Jerome Kaino Flanker (1983-04-06)6 April 1983 (aged 33) 69 Blues / Auckland
Ardie Savea Flanker (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 22) 2 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Squire Flanker (1991-03-20)20 March 1991 (aged 25) 1 Highlanders / Tasman
Matt Todd 2 Flanker (1988-03-24)24 March 1988 (aged 28) 3 Crusaders / Canterbury
Elliot Dixon Number 8 (1989-09-04)4 September 1989 (aged 26) 1 Highlanders / Southland
Kieran Read (c) Number 8 (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (aged 30) 87 Crusaders / Canterbury
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Half-back (1990-08-15)15 August 1990 (aged 26) 21 Chiefs / Waikato
TJ Perenara Half-back (1992-01-23)23 January 1992 (aged 24) 19 Hurricanes / Wellington
Aaron Smith Half-back (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 27) 50 Highlanders / Manawatu
Beauden Barrett First five-eighth (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 25) 39 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Aaron Cruden First five-eighth (1989-01-08)8 January 1989 (aged 27) 39 Chiefs / Manawatu
Lima Sopoaga First five-eighth (1991-02-03)3 February 1991 (aged 25) 2 Highlanders / Southland
Ryan Crotty 3 Centre (1988-09-23)23 September 1988 (aged 27) 18 Crusaders / Canterbury
Malakai Fekitoa Centre (1992-05-10)10 May 1992 (aged 24) 15 Highlanders / Auckland
Anton Lienert-Brown 1 Centre (1995-04-15)15 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 Chiefs / Waikato
George Moala 3 Centre (1990-11-05)5 November 1990 (aged 25) 2 Blues / Auckland
Seta Tamanivalu 3 Centre (1992-07-23)23 July 1992 (aged 24) 2 Chiefs / Taranaki
Sonny Bill Williams 1 Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 31) 33 Chiefs / Counties Manukau
Rieko Ioane 3 Wing (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 19) 0 Blues / Auckland
Waisake Naholo 3 Wing (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 25) 6 Highlanders / Taranaki
Julian Savea Wing (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 26) 43 Hurricanes / Wellington
Ben Smith Wing (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 30) 51 Highlanders / Otago
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-06-06)6 June 1988 (aged 28) 51 Crusaders / Hawke's Bay
Damian McKenzie 3 Fullback (1995-04-20)20 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 Chiefs / Waikato

South AfricaEdit

Head coach Allister Coetzee named the following 31-man training squad for the 2016 Rugby Championship on 6 August 2016:[52]

1 Trevor Nyakane was initially included pending medical clearance. However, his ankle injury ruled him out of the first two matches of the Rugby Championship and he was replaced by Lourens Adriaanse.[53]

2 On 11 September, Willem Alberts was called up to the squad as injury cover for Lood de Jager.[54]

3 On 21 September, Patrick Lambie and Willie le Roux were called up to the squad, with Lambie being called up after recovering from injury and Le Roux a tactical call up.[55]

4 On 3 October, Piet van Zyl was called up to the squad as an injury replacement for Rudy Paige for the final round of the Championship.[56]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 22) 0   Lions
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 25) 1   Stormers
Adriaan Strauss (c) Hooker (1985-11-18)18 November 1985 (aged 30) 57   Bulls
Lourens Adriaanse 1 Prop (1988-02-05)5 February 1988 (aged 28) 1   Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 24) 1   Bordeaux
Vincent Koch Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 26) 2   Stormers
Tendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 31) 78   Sharks
Trevor Nyakane 1 Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 27) 25   Bulls
Julian Redelinghuys Prop (1989-09-11)11 September 1989 (aged 26) 5   Lions
Lood de Jager 2 Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 23) 20   Cheetahs
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 24) 11   Stormers
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 24) 47   Stormers
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 25) 2   Lions
Willem Alberts 2 Flanker (1984-05-11)11 May 1984 (aged 32) 38   Stade Français
Jaco Kriel Flanker (1989-08-21)21 August 1989 (aged 26) 1   Lions
Francois Louw Flanker (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 (aged 31) 46   Bath
Oupa Mohojé Flanker (1990-08-03)3 August 1990 (aged 26) 8   Cheetahs
Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flanker (1993-05-28)28 May 1993 (aged 23) 0   Stormers
Duane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 30) 37   Toulon
Warren Whiteley Number 8 (1987-09-18)18 September 1987 (aged 28) 6   Lions
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 24) 3   Lions
Francois Hougaard Scrum-half (1988-04-06)6 April 1988 (aged 28) 35   Worcester Warriors
Rudy Paige 4 Scrum-half (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 27) 3   Bulls
Piet van Zyl 4 Scrum-half (1989-09-14)14 September 1989 (aged 26) 2   Bulls
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 26) 5   Lions
Patrick Lambie 3 Fly-half (1990-10-17)17 October 1990 (aged 25) 51   Sharks
Morné Steyn Fly-half (1984-07-11)11 July 1984 (aged 32) 61   Stade Français
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 24) 16   Stormers
Juan de Jongh Centre (1988-04-15)15 April 1988 (aged 28) 14   Stormers
Lionel Mapoe Centre (1988-07-13)13 July 1988 (aged 28) 4   Lions
Ruan Combrinck Wing (1990-05-10)10 May 1990 (aged 26) 2   Lions
Bryan Habana Wing (1983-06-12)12 June 1983 (aged 33) 117   Toulon
Lwazi Mvovo Wing (1986-06-03)3 June 1986 (aged 30) 17   Sharks
Johan Goosen Fullback (1992-07-27)27 July 1992 (aged 24) 6   Racing 92
Jesse Kriel Fullback (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 22) 12   Bulls
Willie le Roux 3 Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 27) 37   Canon Eagles

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