Rugby Championship 2022: fixtures, results and team news, plus how to watch on TV – The Telegraph

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New Zealand goes into this year’s Rugby Championship as the reigning champions, but after defeated by South Africa in the opening game they are certainly not favourites.

How to watch the matches on TV

(All times BST)

Round 1

Round 2

  • South Africa v New Zealand (Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg) 4.05pm Saturday 13 August – Sky Sports
  • Argentina v Australia (Bicentennial Stadium, San Juan) 8.10pm Saturday 13 August – Sky Sports

Round 3

  • Australia v South Africa (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) 6.30pm Saturday 27 August – Sky Sports
  • New Zealand v Argentina (Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch) 8.45am Saturday 27 August – Sky Sports

Round 4

  • New Zealand v Argentina (FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton) 8.05am Saturday 3 September – Sky Sports
  • Australia vs South Africa (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) 10.35am Saturday 3 September – Sky Sports

Round 5

  • Australia vs New Zealand (Marvel Stadium, Melbourne) 10.45am Thursday 15 September – Sky Sports
  • Argentina vs South Africa (Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires) 8.10pm on Saturday 17 September – Sky Sports

Round 6

  • New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am Saturday 24 September – Sky Sports
  • South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm Saturday 24 September – Sky Sports

What is the latest news?

Argentina will put extra emphasis on their training in training this week and try to avoid the mistakes that cost them in Saturday’s clash against Australia when they meet again next weekend, coach Michael Cheika said.

The Wallabies scored two late tries to overturn a 26-17 deficit and win their opening match 41-26.

“I thought we did really well for the first 50 or 60 minutes and then Australia did really well to come back and attack us and press us. We went a bit individual then and got picked out because of that,” Cheika said after the loss against the team he coached before.

“The biggest area was obviously three tries from the maul, so that’s something we really want to fix. It’s not acceptable.

“We see that as a front line of our team, and that was really disappointing as a team and it’s something that we have to work on and deliver in the game,” he said as the focus turns to the meeting of this Saturday in San Juan.

Saturday’s clash in Mendoza proved a see-saw affair before Australia were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark when Argentina illegally attempted to stop a driver and Matias Alemanno was shown a yellow card to add to their misery.

That proved the turning point and the win was concluded with another attempt from a drive for hooker Folau Fainga’a.

Cheika, who was the Wallabies coach from 2014-2019, added that poor decision-making at vital moments also proved costly.

“We must work harder now. We must not give up on the goals we have set ourselves and we are looking to build on our performance layer by layer,” said the Pumas coach.

When is the last round?

The last round is on Saturday 24 September. New Zealand host Australia in Auckland, while Argentina travel to Durban to face South Africa.

Last year, New Zealand had already closed the Rugby Championship before the last round, after beating South Africa 19-17 in the penultimate round. However, the Springboks would defeat the All Blacks 31-29 a week later to end their campaign on a high.

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