Rugby for a test match returns to Canberra for the first time in four years, with Rugby Australia announcing the national program for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday morning.
The Wallabies will host Argentina in their final Rugby Championship clash of 2021 at GIO Stadium on October 2, after a five-week national tour with games in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle.
The Rugby Championship will return to its full schedule in 2021 after a truncated season in 2020, which saw South Africa drop out of the series and all matches between the Wallabies, All Blacks and Pumas were played in Australia.
The series kicks off on August 21 at Optus Stadium with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks, before playing a return game the following weekend in Wellington.
Two weeks later, the Springboks meet the Wallabies in the SCG in an afternoon game on Sunday, September 12. It will be the team’s first foreign international since the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Both sides will then head north to Suncorp on Saturday September. 18 for a second afternoon game.
The Pumas and Wallabies will return to McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, September 25, where they played a dramatic draw of 15 last year, before finishing the year in Canberra.
“Rugby fans across Australia are back for a festival of Rugby, with the 2021 Rugby Championship being played in Australia and New Zealand,” said RA CEO Andy Marinos.
“This is a delightful test schedule with blockbusters in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra.
“Argentina thrilled all rugby fans with their inspiring performances in last year’s Tri Nations and we are very excited to play in Newcastle, then Canberra on October 2 for the final home test of the 2021 domestic calendar. looking for a result after last year’s fights which resulted in two exciting draws against our Wallabies.”
After the growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney caused the relocation of the first Wallabies Test match against France to Brisbane, RA will be monitoring the situation closely in case changes need to be made ahead of the Rugby Championship.
“We are, of course, incredibly aware of the ever-changing landscape due to COVID-19, and that there may be limitations on stadium capacity and the facility itself,” Marinos said.
“Our best intentions are to play the games as scheduled, but we will continue to work with our government partners and the respective health authorities to ensure the games are delivered safely to all fans, players and staff.”
Matches of Wallabies in Rugby Championship
Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday, August 21 at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6pm AWST*
New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday, August 28 at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5:05 PM AEST*
South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12th September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3pm AEST
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday, September 18 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3:00 PM AEST
Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday, September 25 at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7:45 PM AEST
Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday, October 2 at the GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8:00 PM AEST
*part of the Bledisloe Cup Series 2021