2021 Rugby Championship

The 2021 Rugby Championship was the ninth series of the annual southern-hemisphere competition, involving Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Springboks returned to the tournament after a year out in 2020 due to South African government travel restrictions and player welfare and safety concerns related to COVID-19.[1] The tournament returned to its normal window of August, kicking-off on 14 August and concluding on 2 October.

2021 Rugby Championship
Date14 August 2021 – 2 October 2021
Countries Argentina
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (18th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Puma Trophy Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Tries scored63 (5.25 per match)
Attendance275,317 (22,943 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Africa Handré Pollard (66)
Most triesAustralia Andrew Kellaway (7)
2020
2022

Sponsorships edit

The competition was operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions, and known for sponsorship reasons as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Fortinet Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The eToro Rugby Championship in Australia, and The Zurich Rugby Championship in Argentina.[2]

Travel disruptions edit

With continued restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the tournament was staged in Australia and New Zealand, with South Africa also hosting two games - their two matches against Argentina in the opening two rounds.[3]

On 3 August, the original schedule was altered due to travel restrictions imposed in New Zealand, meaning the first and second tests between Australia and New Zealand (Bledisloe 2 & 3) were reversed and rearranged, and New Zealand would play at Eden Park instead of Wellington Regional Stadium. The restrictions also meant that New Zealand would not host their tests against Argentina, and were eventually played in Australia.[4]

On 24 August, it was announced that all games in Rounds 3–6 would be hosted in Queensland, Australia.[5] This came after COVID restrictions in New Zealand meant South Africa (and Argentina who were already set to play the All Blacks at a neutral venue) were unable to travel to New Zealand. In addition, due to the uncertainty over the original scheduled for the Championship, the All Blacks also delayed their travel to Australia for their round 2 clash in Perth.[6]

New laws trialed edit

The 2021 Rugby Championship became the first international competition to include the new World Rugby global rugby laws trials, designed to support the priority mission of head impact reduction and potential welfare advancements across the game.[7] For some of the law adaptions, they had previously been trialed at Super Rugby level in Australia and New Zealand; the goal-line drop out and the 50:22, whilst the others are new to help reduce injury risk at the breakdown. In addition, outside the World Rugby global law trials, this years Rugby Championship will also trial a 20-minute red card which like the goal-line drop out and 50:22, had been used in Australia and New Zealand respective Super Rugby tournaments.[8] The championship was won by New Zealand after the 19-17 win against South Africa on 25 September.[9][10]

Table edit

Place Nation Games Points Try
bonus
Losing
bonus
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff
1   New Zealand 6 5 0 1 218 104 +114 4 1 25
2   Australia 6 4 0 2 160 163 –3 2 0 18
3   South Africa 6 3 0 3 152 128 +24 1 2 15
4   Argentina 6 0 0 6 60 195 –135 0 0 0

Fixtures edit

Round 1 edit

14 August 2021
19:05 NZST (UTC+12)
(1 BP) New Zealand  57–22  Australia
Try: Ioane 3' c
Retallick 23' c
Savea 32' c
Taylor (2) 46' c, 59' m
Reece 53' c
Jordan 64' c
Havili 80+2' c
Con: Mo'unga (5/6) 5', 24', 34', 47', 54'
B. Barrett (2/2) 65', 80+3'
Pen: McKenzie (1/1) 52'
ReportTry: Kellaway (2) 7' m, 68' c
McDermott 39' c
Con: Lolesio (2/3) 69', 40'
Pen: Lolesio (1/1) 30'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 25,121
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) [a]
FB 15 Damian McKenzie   56'
RW 14 Will Jordan
OC 13 Rieko Ioane
IC 12 David Havili
LW 11 Sevu Reece
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga   63'
SH 9 Aaron Smith   67'
N8 8 Ardie Savea   41' to 51'   70'
OF 7 Dalton Papalii
BF 6 Akira Ioane
RL 5 Sam Whitelock (c)
LL 4 Brodie Retallick   61'
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   61'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   61'
LP 1 George Bower   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho   61'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe   52'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao   61'
LK 19 Scott Barrett   61'
FL 20 Luke Jacobson   70'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   67'
FH 22 Beauden Barrett   63'
FB 23 Jordie Barrett   56'
Coach:
  Ian Foster
 
FB 15 Tom Banks
RW 14 Andrew Kellaway
OC 13 Hunter Paisami   65'
IC 12 Matt To'omua
LW 11 Marika Koroibete   67'
FH 10 Noah Lolesio
SH 9 Tate McDermott   65'
N8 8 Rob Valetini
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 Lachlan Swinton   61'
RL 5 Matt Philip
LL 4 Darcy Swain   49'
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa   52'
HK 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa   57'
LP 1 James Slipper   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jordan Uelese   57'
PR 17 Scott Sio   48'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   52'
LK 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto   49'
N8 20 Harry Wilson   61'
SH 21 Nic White   65'
CE 22 Len Ikitau   65'
CE 23 Reece Hodge   67'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie

Assistant referees:
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • New Zealand score their most points against Australia - previously 54 set in 2017.
  • New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup.

14 August 2021
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
(1 BP) South Africa  32–12  Argentina
Try: Reinach 14' c
Fassi 18' m
Hendrikse 78' m
Con: E. Jantjies (1/2) 15'
Pen: E. Jantjies (5/5) 2', 23', 37', 47', 58'
ReportPen: Sánchez (4/4) 17', 35', 40', 43'
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
FB 15 Damian Willemse
RW 14 Sbu Nkosi
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Aphelele Fassi
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   72'
SH 9 Cobus Reinach   72'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese   62'
BF 7 Kwagga Smith
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   53'
RL 5 Lood de Jager
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   67'
TP 3 Wilco Louw   44'
HK 2 Joseph Dweba   44'
LP 1 Ox Nché   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   44'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane   51'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   44'
LK 19 Marvin Orie   67'
FL 20 Marco van Staden   53'
FL 21 Dan du Preez   62'
SH 22 Jaden Hendrikse   72'
FH 23 Morné Steyn   72'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15 Santiago Carreras
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Santiago Chocobares
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente   53'
LW 11 Matías Moroni
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   66'
SH 9 Felipe Ezcurra   53'
N8 8 Rodrigo Bruni
OF 7 Facundo Isa   58'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Marcos Kremer   51'
LL 4 Guido Petti
TP 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela   58'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)   72'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Facundo Bosch   72'
PR 17 Carlos Muzzio   58'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano   58'
LK 19 Tomas Lavanini   51'
LK 20 Matias Alemanno   58'
SH 21 Gonzalo Bertranou   53'
FH 22 Domingo Miotti   66'
WG 23 Sebastián Cancelliere   53'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma

Assistant referees:
Karl Dickson (England)
AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
Television match official:
Tom Foley (England)

Notes:

Round 2 edit

21 August 2021
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
Argentina  10–29  South Africa
Try: Matera 80+5' c
Con: Sanchez (1/1) 80+5'
Pen: Miotti (1/3) 24'
ReportTry: Mapimpi 45' c
Marx 51' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 46', 52'
Pen: Pollard (5/5) 10', 17', 22', 29', 32'
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 0
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
FB 15 Juan Cruz Mallía
RW 14 Ignacio Mendy
OC 13 Santiago Chocobares
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente   56'
LW 11 Santiago Carreras
FH 10 Domingo Miotti   59'
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou   77'
N8 8 Rodrigo Bruni   31' to 41'   48'
OF 7 Guido Petti   65'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini   80'
LL 4 Matías Alemanno
TP 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela   53'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)   72'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Facundo Bosch   72'
PR 17 Facundo Gigena   53'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano   53'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer   49'
FL 20 Juan Martín González   65'
SH 21 Felipe Ezcurra   77'
FH 22 Nicolás Sánchez   59'
CE 23 Lucio Cinti   56'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma
 
FB 15 Willie le Roux   65'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Cobus Reinach   65'
N8 8 Jasper Wiese   50'
BF 7 Franco Mostert
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Lood de Jager   62'
LL 4 Marvin Orie   50'
TP 3 Thomas du Toit   53'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx   53'
LP 1 Trevor Nyakane   12'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi   53'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   12'
PR 18 Frans Malherbe   53'
LK 19 Nico Janse van Rensburg   50'
FL 20 Kwagga Smith   62'
FL 21 Dan du Preez   50'
SH 22 Jaden Hendrikse   65'   73'
FH 23 Damian Willemse   65'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber

Assistant referees:
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
Television match official:
Tom Foley (England)

Notes:


5 September 2021 [b]
14:00 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia  21–38  New Zealand (1 BP)
Try: Fainga'a 49' c
White 65' c
Banks 78' c
Con: Lolesio (1/1) 50'
Hodge (2/2) 66', 79'
ReportTry: J. Barrett 16' c
Havili (2) 39' m, 60' m
Jordan 54' m
Lienert-Brown 68' m
Bridge 71' m
Con: B. Barrett (1/4) 17'
Pen: B. Barrett (2/2) 8', 14'
Perth Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 52,724
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia) [c]
FB 15 Tom Banks
RW 14 Andrew Kellaway
OC 13 Len Ikitau   64'
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Noah Lolesio   62'
SH 9 Tate McDermott   64'
N8 8 Rob Valetini
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)   22'   31'   64' to 66'
BF 6 Lachlan Swinton   66'
RL 5 Matt Philip   64'
LL 4 Darcy Swain
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa   56'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a   64'
LP 1 James Slipper   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Lachlan Lonergan   64'
PR 17 Angus Bell   56'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   56'
LK 19 Izack Rodda   64'
FL 20 Pete Samu   22'   31'   64'
SH 21 Nic White   64'
CE 22 Reece Hodge   62'
CE 23 Jordan Petaia   64'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie
 
FB 15 Jordie Barrett   27'   47'
RW 14 Will Jordan   69'
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 David Havili
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Brad Weber   54'
N8 8 Ardie Savea (c)   37'
OF 7 Dalton Papalii   62'
BF 6 Akira Ioane
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   56'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   36'
LP 1 George Bower   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho   36'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe   56'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao   56'
LK 19 Tupou Vaa'i   62'
FL 20 Ethan Blackadder   37'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   54'
FB 22 Damian McKenzie   47'
WG 23 George Bridge   69'
Coach:
  Ian Foster

Assistant referees:
Jordan Way (Australia)
Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

  • Samu Kerevi (Australia) became the first Australian player to play for the Wallabies after an amendment of the Giteau's law that allowed three players with less than the limit of 60 test caps to be picked.
  • Jordie Barrett (New Zealand) became the first player at international level to receive a 20-minute red card.
  • This was New Zealand's first ever match victory and their first ever win over Australia in Perth.
  • This was Australia's first defeat in Perth since 2009 when they lost to South Africa 25–32 in the 2009 Tri Nations at Subiaco Oval.

Round 3 edit

12 September 2021
17:05 AEST (UTC+10)
(1 BP) New Zealand  39–0  Argentina
Try: R. Ioane 9' c
Reece 36' m
Papalii 40+2' c
Jacobson (2) 45' c, 69' c
Con: B. Barrett (1/2) 10'
J. Barrett (3/3) 40+4', 47', 69'
Pen: B. Barrett (1/1) 33'
J. Barrett (1/1) 77'
Report
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett
RW 14 Sevu Reece
OC 13 Rieko Ioane
IC 12 David Havili   49'
LW 11 George Bridge
FH 10 Beauden Barrett   49'
SH 9 TJ Perenara   60'
N8 8 Luke Jacobson
OF 7 Dalton Papalii
BF 6 Akira Ioane   64'
RL 5 Scott Barrett   57'
LL 4 Brodie Retallick (c)
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   49'
HK 2 Asafo Aumua   43'
LP 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe   2'   11'   49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho   43'
PR 17 Joe Moody   2'   11'   49'
PR 18 Tyrel Lomax   49'
LK 19 Tupou Vaa'i   57'
FL 20 Ethan Blackadder   64'
SH 21 Brad Weber   60'
FB 22 Damian McKenzie   49'
CE 23 Quinn Tupaea   49'
Coach:
  Ian Foster
 
FB 15 Juan Cruz Mallía
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Matías Moroni   50'
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente   62'
LW 11 Santiago Cordero
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   35' to 38'   52'
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou
N8 8 Rodrigo Bruni   52'
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Pablo Matera   40' to 50'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Guido Petti   49'
TP 3 Santiago Medrano   57'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)   60'
LP 1 Facundo Gigena   57'   66'   77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Facundo Bosch   60'
PR 17 Carlos Muzzio   66' to 76'   57'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   57'
LK 19 Tomás Lavanini   49'
FL 20 Juan Martín González   52'   66'   77'
SH 21 Gonzalo García   62'
CE 22 Santiago Chocobares   50'
FB 23 Emiliano Boffelli   35'   38'   52'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma

Assistant referees:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:


12 September 2021
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
(1 BP) South Africa  26–28  Australia
Try: Mbonambi 27' m
Marx (2) 58' c, 71' m
Con: Pollard (1/2) 59'
Pen: Pollard (3/5) 5', 11', 45'
ReportTry: Kellaway 16' c
Con: Cooper (1/1) 17'
Pen: Cooper (7/7) 7', 13', 32', 40', 52', 62', 80+1'
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast [d]
Attendance: 15,191
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
FB 15 Willie le Roux   51' to 61'
RW 14 Sbu Nkosi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard   65'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   76'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen   52'
BF 7 Franco Mostert
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   15' to 25'   54'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   68'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   52'   68'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   52'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   46'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff   56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   56'
PR 17 Ox Nché   56'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   52'
FL 19 Marco van Staden   54'
FL 20 Kwagga Smith   52'
N8 21 Jasper Wiese   52'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies   76'
FH 23 Damian Willemse   65'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15 Tom Banks   73'
RW 14 Andrew Kellaway   62'
OC 13 Len Ikitau
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Tate McDermott   40'
N8 8 Rob Valetini   63'   68'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 Lachlan Swinton   59'
RL 5 Matt Philip   26' to 36'
LL 4 Izack Rodda   73'
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa   55'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a   57' to 67'   68'
LP 1 Angus Bell   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Feleti Kaitu'u   63'
PR 17 James Slipper   47'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   55'
LK 19 Rob Leota   73'
FL 20 Pete Samu   59'
SH 21 Nic White   40'
CE 22 Reece Hodge   73'
CE 23 Jordan Petaia   62'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie

Player of the Match
Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Assistant referees:
Damon Murphy (Australia)
Jordan Way (Australia)
Television match official:
Matthew Carley (England)

Notes:

Round 4 edit

18 September 2021
17:05 AEST (UTC+10)
(1 BP) Australia  30–17  South Africa
Try: Ikitau (2) 13' m, 20' c
Koroibete (2) 61' c, 67' m
Con: Cooper (2/4) 22', 63'
Pen: Cooper (2/2) 28', 50'
ReportTry: Am 41' m
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 17', 26', 31', 37'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
FB 15 Tom Banks   27'
RW 14 Andrew Kellaway
OC 13 Len Ikitau
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete   71'
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Nic White   59'
N8 8 Rob Valetini
BF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
OF 6 Lachlan Swinton   32' to 42'   48'
RL 5 Matt Philip
LL 4 Izack Rodda   63'
TP 3 Taniela Tupou   77'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a   54'
LP 1 James Slipper   54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Feleti Kaitu'u   54'
PR 17 Angus Bell   54'
PR 18 Tom Robertson   77'
LK 19 Darcy Swain   63'
FL 20 Pete Samu   48'
SH 21 Tate McDermott   59'
CE 22 Reece Hodge   27'
CE 23 Jordan Petaia   71'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie
 
FB 15 Willie le Roux   78'
RW 14 Sbu Nkosi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   12' to 22'   63'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen   32'   40'   68'
BF 7 Franco Mostert
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   68'
RL 5 Marvin Orie   46'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   46'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   46'
LP 1 Trevor Nyakane   24'   32'   46'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   46'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   24'   32'   46'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   46'
FL 19 Marco van Staden   68'
FL 20 Kwagga Smith   46'
N8 21 Jasper Wiese   78'   32'   40'   68'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies   63'
FH 23 Damian Willemse   78'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber

Player of the Match
Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Assistant referees:
Luke Pearce (England)
Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

  • Michael Hooper captained the Wallabies for a record breaking 60th time, surpassing the previous record of 59 set by George Gregan.
  • Australia win back-to-back matches against South Africa for the first time since their 2015/2016 victories.
  • Australia reclaim the Mandela Challenge Plate.

18 September 2021
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Argentina  13–36  New Zealand
Try: Boffelli 52' c
Con: Boffelli (1/1) 53'
Pen: Boffelli (2/2) 8', 44'
ReportTry: Tuipulotu 5' c
Perenara 26' c
Vaa'i (2) 40' c, 78' c
Taukei'aho 46' m
Con: J. Barrett (4/5) 6', 28', 40', 78'
Pen: J. Barrett (1/1) 13'
Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 38,215
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Juan Cruz Mallía
RW 14 Santiago Cordero   66'
OC 13 Lucio Cinti   75'
IC 12 Santiago Chocobares
LW 11 Emiliano Boffelli
FH 10 Santiago Carreras
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou   56'
N8 8 Pablo Matera   61'
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Juan Martín González
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Matías Alemanno   51'
TP 3 Santiago Medrano   48'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)   61'
LP 1 Facundo Gigena   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Santiago Socino   61'
PR 17 Carlos Muzzio   48'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   48'
LK 19 Guido Petti   51'
FL 20 Tomás Lezana   61'
SH 21 Gonzalo García   56'
FH 22 Domingo Miotti   75'
CE 23 Matías Moroni   66'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma
 
FB 15 Jordie Barrett
RW 14 Will Jordan
OC 13 Rieko Ioane   55'
IC 12 Quinn Tupaea
LW 11 George Bridge
FH 10 Damian McKenzie   66'
SH 9 TJ Perenara   48'
N8 8 Hoskins Sotutu   66'
OF 7 Ardie Savea (c)
BF 6 Ethan Blackadder
RL 5 Tupou Vaa'i
LL 4 Patrick Tuipulotu   68'
TP 3 Tyrel Lomax   53'
HK 2 Samisoni Taukei'aho   48'
LP 1 Joe Moody   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor   48'
PR 17 George Bower   48'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   53'
LK 19 Scott Barrett   68'
N8 20 Luke Jacobson   66'
SH 21 Finlay Christie   48'
FH 22 Beauden Barrett   66'
CE 23 Braydon Ennor   55'
Coach:
  Ian Foster

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Jordan Way (Australia)
Television match official:
Damon Murphy (Australia)

Notes:

Round 5 edit

25 September 2021
17:05 AEST (UTC+10)
New Zealand  19–17  South Africa (1 BP)
Try: Jordan 3' c
Con: J. Barrett (1/1) 4'
Pen: J. Barrett (4/4) 31', 36', 61', 78'
ReportTry: Nkosi 6' m
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 11', 14', 58', 67'
North Queensland Stadium, Townsville [e]
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett
RW 14 Will Jordan   57'
OC 13 Rieko Ioane
IC 12 David Havili
LW 11 George Bridge   70'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 TJ Perenara   64'
N8 8 Ardie Savea (c)
OF 7 Ethan Blackadder
BF 6 Akira Ioane   69'
RL 5 Scott Barrett   67'
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   57'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   63'
LP 1 Joe Moody   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho   63'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe   57'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   57'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu   67'
FL 20 Hoskins Sotutu   69'
SH 21 Brad Weber   64'
FB 22 Damian McKenzie   57'
CE 23 Quinn Tupaea   70'
Coach:
  Ian Foster
 
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Sbu Nkosi   34' to 44'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende   68'
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   75'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
BF 7 Kwagga Smith   63'
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Lood de Jager
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   54'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   63'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   40'
LP 1 Trevor Nyakane   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   40'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   40'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   63'
LK 19 Franco Mostert   54'
FL 20 Marco van Staden   63'
SH 21 Herschel Jantjies   75'
FH 22 Elton Jantjies
CE 23 Frans Steyn   68'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber

Assistant referees:
Jordan Way (Australia)
Reuben Keane (Australia)
Television match official:
Damon Murphy (Australia)

Notes:


25 September 2021
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  27–8  Argentina
Try: Hodge 5' c
Kerevi 19' c
Kellaway 69' c
Con: Cooper (2/2) 7', 19'
O'Connor (1/1) 71'
Pen: Cooper (1/1) 32'
O'Connor (1/1) 60'
ReportTry: Montoya 43' m
Pen: Boffelli (1/3) 21'
North Queensland Stadium, Townsville [f]
Attendance: 23,184
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
FB 15 Reece Hodge   73'
RW 14 Andrew Kellaway
OC 13 Len Ikitau
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Quade Cooper   57'
SH 9 Nic White   57'
N8 8 Rob Valetini
BF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
OF 6 Rob Leota   52'
RL 5 Matt Philip   61'
LL 4 Izack Rodda
TP 3 Taniela Tupou   67'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a   71'
LP 1 James Slipper   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Feleti Kaitu'u   71'
PR 17 Angus Bell   52'
PR 18 Tom Robertson   67'
LK 19 Darcy Swain   61'
FL 20 Pete Samu   52'
SH 21 Tate McDermott   57'
FH 22 James O'Connor   57'
CE 23 Jordan Petaia   73'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie
 
FB 15 Juan Cruz Mallía   73'
RW 14 Santiago Cordero   52'
OC 13 Lucio Cinti
IC 12 Santiago Chocobares
LW 11 Emiliano Boffelli
FH 10 Santiago Carreras
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou
N8 8 Pablo Matera
OF 7 Marcos Kremer   56' to 66'   67'
BF 6 Juan Martín González
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Matías Alemanno   47'
TP 3 Santiago Medrano   71'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)   73'
LP 1 Facundo Gigena   39'   40'   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Santiago Socino   73'
PR 17 Rodrigo Martínez   39'   40'   61'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto   71'
LK 19 Guido Petti   47'
N8 20 Joaquín Oviedo   67'
SH 21 Gonzalo García
FH 22 Domingo Miotti   73'
WG 23 Mateo Carreras   52'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma

Player of the Match:
Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Assistant referees:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

Round 6 edit

2 October 2021
17:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Argentina  17–32  Australia (1 BP)
Try: Gallo (2) 62' c, 71' c
Con: Boffelli (2/2) 62', 71'
Pen: Boffelli (1/1) 40+2'
ReportTry: Fainga'a 26' m
Kellaway (3) 33' c, 53' c, 57' m
Kerevi 42' m
Con: Cooper (2/5) 34', 55'
Pen: Cooper (1/1) 10'
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast [g]
Attendance: 20,441
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Juan Cruz Mallía
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Lucio Cinti   63'
IC 12 Santiago Chocobares
LW 11 Emiliano Boffelli
FH 10 Santiago Carreras
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou   60'
N8 8 Rodrigo Bruni   59'
OF 7 Marcos Kremer   61'   75'
BF 6 Juan Martín González   75'
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini   26' to 36'
LL 4 Guido Petti
TP 3 Enrique Pieretto   51'
HK 2 Julián Montoya (c)
LP 1 Rodrigo Martínez   51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Facundo Bosch
PR 17 Thomas Gallo   51'
PR 18 Eduardo Bello   51'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno   61'
FL 20 Francisco Gorrissen   59'
SH 21 Gonzalo García   60'
FH 22 Domingo Miotti
WG 23 Mateo Carreras   63'
Coach:
  Mario Ledesma
 
FB 15 Reece Hodge
RW 14 Jordan Petaia   67'
OC 13 Len Ikitau
IC 12 Samu Kerevi   51'
LW 11 Andrew Kellaway
FH 10 Quade Cooper   59'
SH 9 Nic White   59'
N8 8 Rob Valetini
BF 7 Michael Hooper (c)   80+1'
OF 6 Pete Samu   55'
RL 5 Darcy Swain   77'
LL 4 Izack Rodda   49'   77'
TP 3 Taniela Tupou   62'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a
LP 1 James Slipper   49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Lachlan Lonergan   67'
PR 17 Angus Bell   49'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   62'
LK 19 Matt Philip   49'
FL 20 Sean McMahon   55'
SH 21 Jake Gordon   59'
FH 22 James O'Connor   59'
WG 23 Tom Wright   51'
Coach:
  Dave Rennie

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Jordan Way (Australia)
Television match official:
James Leckie (Australia)

Notes:

  • Eduardo Bello and Thomas Gallo (Argentina) both made their international debuts.
  • Greg Holmes becomes the oldest player to represent the Wallabies at the age of 38 years and 113 days surpassing Tony Miller's record by one day.
  • Australia win four matches in the Rugby Championship for the first time, while also winning four consecutive test matches (in any competition) for the first time since 2017.

2 October 2021
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
South Africa  31–29  New Zealand (1 BP)
Try: De Allende 5' m
Mapimpi 51' m
Pen: Pollard (4/5) 11', 23', 40', 44'
E. Jantjies (2/2) 57', 80+2'
Drop: E. Jantjies (1/1) 76'
ReportTry: Reece 12' m
Savea 27' c
Weber 32' m
Con: J. Barrett (1/3) 28'
Pen: J. Barrett (4/4) 8', 66', 75', 78'
Robina Stadium, Gold Coast [h]
Attendance: 20,441
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
FB 15 Willie le Roux   40'
RW 14 Sbu Nkosi   47'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   65'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
BF 7 Kwagga Smith
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   55'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   50'   73'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   73'
TP 3 Trevor Nyakane   38'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   38'
LP 1 Ox Nché   38'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   38'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   38'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   38'
LK 19 Franco Mostert   50'
N8 20 Jasper Wiese   55'
SH 21 Herschel Jantjies   65'
FH 22 Elton Jantjies   47'
CE 23 Frans Steyn   40'
Coach:
  Jacques Nienaber
 
FB 15 Jordie Barrett
RW 14 Sevu Reece
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 David Havili   65'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett   65'
SH 9 Brad Weber   57'
N8 8 Luke Jacobson   49'
OF 7 Ardie Savea (c)
BF 6 Akira Ioane
RL 5 Scott Barrett   40'
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   57'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   57'
LP 1 Joe Moody   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Asafo Aumua   57'
PR 17 George Bower   57'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   57'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu   40'
FL 20 Ethan Blackadder   49'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   57'
FH 22 Richie Mo'unga   65'
FB 23 Damian McKenzie   65'
Coach:
  Ian Foster

Assistant referees:
Damon Murphy (Australia)
Jordan Way (Australia)
Television match official:
Brett Cronan (Australia)

Notes:

Statistics edit

Squads edit

Nation Head coach Captain(s)
  Argentina   Mario Ledesma Julián Montoya
  Australia   Dave Rennie Michael Hooper
  New Zealand   Ian Foster Sam Whitelock

  South Africa   Jacques Nienaber Siya Kolisi

Note: Ages, caps and clubs/franchises are of 14 August 2021 – the starting date of the tournament

Argentina edit

On 29 July, Argentina announced a 47-man roster for the 2021 Rugby Championship.[12] On 30 September, Pablo Matera, Sebastián Cancelliere, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Santiago Medrano and Santiago Socino were expelled from the tournament for breaching COVID-19 protocols.[13]

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08)8 August 1991 (aged 30) 5   La Rochelle
Julián Montoya (c) Hooker (1993-10-29)29 October 1993 (aged 27) 66   Leicester Tigers
Ignacio Ruiz Hooker (2001-01-03)3 January 2001 (aged 20) 0   Jaguares XV
Santiago Socino Hooker (1992-05-07)7 May 1992 (aged 29) 4   Gloucester
Thomas Gallo Prop (1999-04-30)30 April 1999 (aged 22) 0   Benetton
Facundo Gigena Prop (1994-09-15)15 September 1994 (aged 26) 3   London Irish
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop (1985-07-07)7 July 1985 (aged 36) 14   Lyon
Rodrigo Martínez Prop (1997-07-07)7 July 1997 (aged 24) 0   Olímpia Lions
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06)6 May 1996 (aged 25) 24   Western Force
Carlos Muzzio Prop (1984-08-21)21 August 1984 (aged 36) 0   Mont-de-Marsan
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15)15 December 1994 (aged 26) 25   Glasgow Warriors
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-06-11)11 June 1989 (aged 32) 65   Bristol Bears
Joel Sclavi Prop (1994-06-25)25 June 1994 (aged 27) 0   Jaguares XV
Juan Pablo Zeiss Prop (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 32) 7   Jaguares XV
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05)5 December 1991 (aged 29) 68   Gloucester
Rodrigo Fernández Criado Lock (1998-03-18)18 March 1998 (aged 23) 0   Jaguares XV
Marcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 (aged 24) 35   Stade Français
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22)22 January 1993 (aged 28) 60   Leicester Tigers
Guido Petti Lock (1994-11-17)17 November 1994 (aged 26) 58   Bordeaux
Rodrigo Bruni Back row (1993-09-03)3 September 1993 (aged 27) 10   Vannes
Juan Martín González Back row (2000-11-14)14 November 2000 (aged 20) 1   Jaguares XV
Francisco Gorrissen Back row (1994-08-30)30 August 1994 (aged 26) 2   Jaguares XV
Facundo Isa Back row (1993-09-21)21 September 1993 (aged 27) 33   Toulon
Tomás Lezana Back row (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 (aged 27) 36   Western Force
Pablo Matera Back row (1993-07-18)18 July 1993 (aged 28) 72   Crusaders
Joaquín Oviedo Back row (2001-07-17)17 July 2001 (aged 20) 0   Jaguares XV
Gonzalo Bertranou Scrum-half (1993-12-31)31 December 1993 (aged 27) 28   Dragons
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12)12 June 1989 (aged 32) 77   Western Force
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-05-15)15 May 1993 (aged 28) 11   Jaguares XV
Joaquín Díaz Bonilla Fly-half (1989-04-12)12 April 1989 (aged 32) 4   Leicester Tigers
Santiago Mare Fly-half (1996-10-21)21 October 1996 (aged 24) 0   Argentina Sevens
Domingo Miotti Fly-half (1996-05-22)22 May 1996 (aged 25) 4   Western Force
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26)26 October 1988 (aged 32) 87   Stade Français
Santiago Chocobares Centre (1999-03-31)31 March 1999 (aged 22) 4   Toulouse
Lucio Cinti Centre (2000-02-23)23 February 2000 (aged 21) 0   Argentina Sevens
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 30) 59   Perpignan
Juan Cruz Mallía Centre (1996-09-11)11 September 1996 (aged 24) 8   Toulouse
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29)29 March 1991 (aged 30) 50   Leicester Tigers
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14)14 November 1991 (aged 29) 43   Newcastle Falcons
Sebastián Cancelliere Wing (1993-09-17)17 September 1993 (aged 27) 10   Jaguares XV
Mateo Carreras Wing (1999-12-17)17 December 1999 (aged 21) 0   Newcastle Falcons
Santiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06)6 December 1993 (aged 27) 40   Bordeaux
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22)22 April 1997 (aged 24) 19   Bordeaux
Marcos Moneta Wing (2000-03-07)7 March 2000 (aged 21) 0   Argentina Sevens
Emiliano Boffelli Fullback (1995-01-16)16 January 1995 (aged 26) 31   Racing 92
Santiago Carreras Fullback (1998-03-30)30 March 1998 (aged 23) 11   Gloucester
Ignacio Mendy Fullback (2000-06-29)29 June 2000 (aged 21) 0   Argentina Sevens

Australia edit

On 25 July, Australia named a 42-man Wallabies squad for the 2021 Rugby Championship.[14]

On 26 July, Quade Cooper was a late addition to the squad.[15]

On 10 August, Samu Kerevi was added to the squad to be available for selection ahead of Australia's second round match (Bledisloe 3) against New Zealand in Perth.[16]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Feleti Kaitu'u Hooker (1994-12-30)30 December 1994 (aged 26) 0   Force
Lachlan Lonergan Hooker (1999-10-11)11 October 1999 (aged 21) 2   Brumbies
Brandon Paenga-Amosa Hooker (1995-12-25)25 December 1995 (aged 25) 13   Reds
Jordan Uelese Hooker (1997-01-24)24 January 1997 (aged 24) 14   Rebels
Allan Alaalatoa Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 27) 47   Brumbies
Angus Bell Prop (2000-04-10)10 April 2000 (aged 21) 7   Waratahs
Pone Fa'amausili Prop (1997-02-26)26 February 1997 (aged 24) 0   Rebels
Tom Robertson Prop (1994-08-28)28 August 1994 (aged 26) 24   Force
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 29) 68   Brumbies
James Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 32) 104   Brumbies
Taniela Tupou Prop (1996-05-10)10 May 1996 (aged 25) 29   Reds
Nick Frost Lock (1999-10-10)10 October 1999 (aged 21) 0   Brumbies
Matt Philip Lock (1994-03-07)7 March 1994 (aged 27) 13   Rebels
Izack Rodda Lock (1996-08-20)20 August 1996 (aged 24) 25   Force
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto Lock (1996-09-19)19 September 1996 (aged 24) 29   Reds
Darcy Swain Lock (1997-07-05)5 July 1997 (aged 24) 4   Brumbies
Michael Hooper Back row (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 29) 109   Toyota Verblitz
Rob Leota Back row (1997-03-03)3 March 1997 (aged 24) 0   Rebels
Fraser McReight Back row (1999-02-19)19 February 1999 (aged 22) 2   Reds
Isi Naisarani Back row (1995-02-14)14 February 1995 (aged 26) 11   Rebels
Pete Samu Back row (1991-12-17)17 December 1991 (aged 29) 10   Brumbies
Lachlan Swinton Back row (1997-01-16)16 January 1997 (aged 24) 2   Waratahs
Rob Valetini Back row (1998-09-03)3 September 1998 (aged 22) 8   Brumbies
Harry Wilson Back row (1999-11-22)22 November 1999 (aged 21) 9   Reds
Jake Gordon Scrum-half (1993-06-07)7 June 1993 (aged 28) 9   Waratahs
Ryan Lonergan Scrum-half (1998-04-06)6 April 1998 (aged 23) 0   Brumbies
Tate McDermott Scrum-half (1998-09-18)18 September 1998 (aged 22) 6   Reds
Nic White Scrum-half (1990-06-13)13 June 1990 (aged 31) 37   Brumbies
Quade Cooper Fly-half (1988-04-05)5 April 1988 (aged 33) 70   Kintetsu Liners
Noah Lolesio Fly-half (1999-12-18)18 December 1999 (aged 21) 6   Brumbies
James O'Connor Fly-half (1990-07-05)5 July 1990 (aged 31) 55   Reds
Matt To'omua Fly-half (1990-01-02)2 January 1990 (aged 31) 58   Rebels
Lalakai Foketi Centre (1994-12-22)22 December 1994 (aged 26) 0   Waratahs
Reece Hodge Centre (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 26) 47   Rebels
Len Ikitau Centre (1998-10-01)1 October 1998 (aged 22) 3   Brumbies
Samu Kerevi Centre (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 27) 13   Tokyo Sungoliath
Duncan Paia'aua Centre (1995-01-20)20 January 1995 (aged 26) 0   Toulon
Hunter Paisami Centre (1998-04-10)10 April 1998 (aged 23) 10   Reds
Jordan Petaia Centre (2000-03-14)14 March 2000 (aged 21) 9   Reds
Andrew Kellaway Wing (1995-10-12)12 October 1995 (aged 25) 3   Rebels
Marika Koroibete Wing (1992-07-26)26 July 1992 (aged 29) 37   Rebels
Andy Muirhead Wing (1993-03-08)8 March 1993 (aged 28) 0   Brumbies
Tom Wright Wing (1997-07-21)21 July 1997 (aged 24) 5   Brumbies
Tom Banks Fullback (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 27) 15   Brumbies

New Zealand edit

The All Blacks 36-man squad for the 2021 Rugby Championship was named on 19 July.[17]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Franchise/province
Asafo Aumua Hooker (1997-03-05)5 March 1997 (aged 24) 2   Hurricanes / Wellington
Dane Coles Hooker (1986-12-10)10 December 1986 (aged 34) 76   Hurricanes / Wellington
Samisoni Taukei'aho Hooker (1997-08-08)8 August 1997 (aged 24) 2   Chiefs / Waikato
Codie Taylor Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 30) 59   Crusaders / Canterbury
George Bower Prop (1992-05-28)28 May 1992 (aged 29) 3   Crusaders / Otago
Nepo Laulala Prop (1991-11-06)6 November 1991 (aged 29) 32   Blues / Counties Manukau
Tyrel Lomax Prop (1996-03-16)16 March 1996 (aged 25) 8   Hurricanes / Tasman
Joe Moody Prop (1988-09-18)18 September 1988 (aged 32) 50   Crusaders / Canterbury
Angus Ta'avao Prop (1990-03-22)22 March 1990 (aged 31) 17   Chiefs / Auckland
Karl Tu'inukuafe Prop (1993-02-21)21 February 1993 (aged 28) 19   Blues / North Harbour
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 29) 39   Blues / Auckland
Scott Barrett Lock (1993-11-20)20 November 1993 (aged 27) 42   Crusaders / Taranaki
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 30) 84     Kobelco Steelers / Hawke's Bay
Patrick Tuipulotu Lock (1993-01-23)23 January 1993 (aged 28) 39   Blues / Auckland
Tupou Vaa'i Lock (2000-01-27)27 January 2000 (aged 21) 4   Chiefs / Taranaki
Sam Whitelock (c) Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 32) 126   Crusaders / Canterbury
Ethan Blackadder Loose forward (1995-03-22)22 March 1995 (aged 26) 2   Crusaders / Tasman
Shannon Frizell Loose forward (1994-02-11)11 February 1994 (aged 27) 14   Highlanders / Tasman
Akira Ioane Loose forward (1995-06-16)16 June 1995 (aged 26) 5   Blues / Auckland
Luke Jacobson Loose forward (1997-04-20)20 April 1997 (aged 24) 6   Chiefs / Waikato
Dalton Papalii Loose forward (1997-10-11)11 October 1997 (aged 23) 6   Blues / Counties Manukau
Ardie Savea Loose forward (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 27) 51   Hurricanes / Wellington
Hoskins Sotutu Loose forward (1998-07-12)12 July 1998 (aged 23) 6   Blues / Counties Manukau
TJ Perenara Half-back (1992-01-23)23 January 1992 (aged 29) 69     NTT Red Hurricanes / Wellington
Aaron Smith Half-back (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 32) 100   Highlanders / Manawatu
Brad Weber Half-back (1991-01-17)17 January 1991 (aged 30) 10   Chiefs / Hawke's Bay
Beauden Barrett First five-eighth (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 30) 92     Suntory Sungoliath / Taranaki
Richie Mo'unga First five-eighth (1994-05-25)25 May 1994 (aged 27) 25   Crusaders / Canterbury
Braydon Ennor Centre (1997-07-16)16 July 1997 (aged 24) 1   Crusaders / Canterbury
David Havili Centre (1994-12-23)23 December 1994 (aged 26) 6   Crusaders / Tasman
Rieko Ioane Centre (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 24) 38   Blues / Auckland
Anton Lienert-Brown Centre (1995-04-15)15 April 1995 (aged 26) 51   Chiefs / Waikato
Quinn Tupaea Centre (1999-05-10)10 May 1999 (aged 22) 1   Chiefs / Waikato
George Bridge Wing (1995-04-01)1 April 1995 (aged 26) 12   Crusaders / Canterbury
Will Jordan Wing (1998-02-24)24 February 1998 (aged 23) 5   Crusaders / Tasman
Sevu Reece Wing (1997-02-13)13 February 1997 (aged 24) 11   Crusaders / Tasman
Jordie Barrett Fullback (1997-02-17)17 February 1997 (aged 24) 26   Hurricanes / Taranaki
Damian McKenzie Fullback (1995-05-20)20 May 1995 (aged 26) 31   Chiefs / Waikato

South Africa edit

On 8 August 2021, a 42-man squad for the 2021 Rugby Championship was announced.[18]

On 15 August, Jean-Luc du Preez was recalled to the squad[19]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Joseph Dweba Hooker (1995-10-25)25 October 1995 (aged 25) 0   Bordeaux
Johan Grobbelaar Hooker (1997-12-30)30 December 1997 (aged 23) 0   Bulls
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 27) 37   Kubota Spears
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 30) 40   Stormers
Thomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 26) 12   Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 29) 51   Stormers
Vincent Koch Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 31) 23   Saracens
Wilco Louw Prop (1994-07-20)20 July 1994 (aged 27) 13   Harlequins
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 30) 42   Stormers
Ox Nché Prop (1995-07-23)23 July 1995 (aged 26) 3   Sharks
Trevor Nyakane Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 32) 46   Bulls
Lood de Jager Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 28) 48   Sale Sharks
Rynhardt Elstadt Lock (1989-12-20)20 December 1989 (aged 31) 3   Toulouse
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 29) 89   Toulon
Nico Janse van Rensburg Lock (1994-05-06)6 May 1994 (aged 27) 0   Montpellier
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 30) 43   Mie Honda Heat
Marvin Orie Lock (1993-02-15)15 February 1993 (aged 28) 4   Stormers
RG Snyman Lock (1995-01-29)29 January 1995 (aged 26) 23   Munster
Dan du Preez Loose forward (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 26) 4   Sale Sharks
Jean-Luc du Preez Loose forward (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 26) 13   Sale Sharks
Siya Kolisi (c) Loose forward (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 30) 54   Sharks
Kwagga Smith Loose forward (1993-06-11)11 June 1993 (aged 28) 10   Shizuoka Blue Revs
Marco van Staden Loose forward (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 25) 5   Leicester Tigers
Duane Vermeulen Loose forward (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 35) 54   Bulls
Jasper Wiese Loose forward (1995-10-21)21 October 1995 (aged 25) 3   Leicester Tigers
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 29) 32   Sale Sharks
Jaden Hendrikse Scrum-half (2000-03-23)23 March 2000 (aged 21) 0   Sharks
Herschel Jantjies Scrum-half (1996-04-22)22 April 1996 (aged 25) 14   Stormers
Cobus Reinach Scrum-half (1990-02-07)7 February 1990 (aged 31) 16   Montpellier
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 31) 39   Pau
Handré Pollard