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Former Springbok coach Jake White also said: Also, the piece added that South Africa is highly dissatisfied with the current Tri Nations format, as it requires that the Boks tour for a month while the Wallabies and All Blacks fly in and out of South Africa in a week.
The addition of Argentina would even out travel commitments for all teams involved. The Sunday Times noted that there were two main stumbling blocks to adding Argentina:.
However, by August , it became clear that there would be no expansion of the series before the current television contract between SANZAR and News Corporation expires in An IRB spokesman stated that the main problems with adding the Pumas to the Tri Nations, besides media contracts, were fixture congestion and the lack of a professional structure in Argentina.
Admission of Argentina  was therefore submitted to several conditions for the UAR:. In November , the IRB held a conference on the future worldwide growth of the sport, with the status of Los Pumas a key topic of discussion.
The most important decision made at the conference, with regard to the Tri Nations, was the agreement of the UAR to establish a professional rugby structure between and , at which time Argentina would be "fully integrated into the Southern top-flight Rugby playing structure.
The 23 provincial delegates voted unanimously to keep their domestic league amateur, but approved a plan to centrally contract the Pumas selection pool to the UAR as professionals.
The eventual goal is for these players to form the core of a future Pumas selection pool. The order of fixtures has changed several times in the history of the series.
In the past each team played the others twice. After some tweaking of the schedule it was decided to start the series with two fixtures in either South Africa or New Zealand and move the series to the country that did not host the opening rounds.
Under this setup Australia's home fixtures were always the middle two in the series. The recent reworking of the calendar took effect with the event.
Each team plays the other three times. In the series opened in New Zealand and the first four rounds alternated between New Zealand and Australia.
The fifth round was in Australia. After a one-week break the series returned to New Zealand and then finished with South Africa's three home fixtures.
Each team has two home fixtures against one team and only one home fixture against the other. The competition begins in July. Originally it had started late in July but, with the expansion of the series, the start date has moved to early in the month.
It typically ends early in September. A total of two bonus points can be possibly scored:. A victorious team can collect either 4 or 5 points, depending on whether or not it gained an attacking bonus point.
A team that draws can collect either 2 or 3 points, depending on whether or not it gained an attacking bonus point.
A losing team may collect from 0 to 2 points. At the end of the series the team with the most points is declared the winner. If that can't differentiate the team, the series or position will be shared.
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I believe was the singer. Well done, the lad. As noted in the preamble, 11th-hour injuries to Israel Folau and David Pocock are big blows to the Wallabies.
They might be ranked 7th in the world currently, but I bet this will be a better looking team than that number suggests.
Australia - smarting off two unmitigated thumpings; South Africa - smarting after a record loss to Argentina. Who can set their Rugby Championship campaign back on kilter tonight?
Michael Cheika for his part has rung a pretty tasty selection surprise, as he looks to get the best out of his mis-firing and now, injury-undermined Wallabies.
They say the Rugby Championship really starts on matchday three, that will be the Wallabies thinking presumably, as they look to get their first points on the table after a double demoralisation at the hands of the All Blacks.
They were pushed by a decent Pumas outfit in Durban, before succumbing to the Argentines in Mendoza last month, , a record losing margin for South Africa against the 9th-ranked nation, and just the third win for the locals in 33 attempts in Rugby Championship history.
The Boks have faded a lot since they were the last team to take the world No 1 ranking off the All Blacks.
But an under-pressure coach and a home nation in shaky form? It could be just the tonic. Get your slippers and kippers ready, because it, is, on.
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A big, big scrum. A penny for your thoughts, Master Cheika! South Africa kick long, and gain big metres. Can they mount something?
Who will that boost? A big final ten minutes to come here! Australia South Africa 68 min: Foley enters the fray, it prompts a backline reshuffle.
Australia South Africa 53 min: Rob Simmons enters the fray in his place. Australia South Africa So, a minor morale boost after the siren, there for the hosts, but they still go in behind.
Australia South Africa 40 min: Distance - absolutely no problem! Australia South Africa Another scrum penalty. Australia pack a scrum, about 10m out.
Australia South Africa Toomua Goodness gracious! The former Brumby converts his own try from right in front. Australia South Africa Mapimpi 27 min: No two points from the sideline.
He effectively replaced the entire front row at half-time, Cheika. Was that a spark? Was it the inspirational words?
And now a second ball kicked straight into touch by the Argentines. They hardly put a foot wrong over the first forty; did they burn through all their reserves too early?
Did they get complacent, with that 24 point lead? Was electing for the penalty, rather than running it early in the second half a mental concession?
Moroni with a try-saver! Cometh the hour, cometh the man! He had about four bodies in light blue and white, but the man with the hinges of steel just showed that incredible core strength the muscle and barge his way over.
Argentina on the back foot as they collect a kick inside their own goal and they struggle to recover back into the field of play.
The Australian defence is strong, and they set down for a 5m scrum. Can they regroup and build from here, the Pumas? Cubelli comes on at No 9, maybe he can help reassert some control over this Pumas backline.
A pressure release, as Argentina look to add the three points. Could that be a morale booster? A scrum feed for Australia, just inside their 22m. What can Argentina find here.
You could hear a pin drop inside this stadium; a dramatic contrast to the raucous noise we heard over the past hour or so. Haylett-Petty ambling over in the corner after some simple catch-and-pass.
And suddenly the Pumas are looking adrift! What a turnaround we have here — it really is a psychological old game, huh?
Not the start Mario Ledesma would have liked. They were fortunate for the first try, but this was good stuff from Australia. Of all people it was Tolu Latu with a brilliantly weighted pass, and the winger Folau hit it brilliantly on an angled run and sliced through to score under the posts.
Folau charges onto one, here we go, here we go.. Just when your luck looks well and truly out, manna from heaven! An entirely innocuous situation, Argentina win the lineout and look for the box kick.
But the giant second rower raises the arms and charges down. Michael Cheika is getting sacked after this, right? Even if they manage to turn it around and win from here, they were, and have been, utterly abject throughout this whole season.
And the temptation to bring in a high profile coach with a limited remit of success at the World Cup would be too great.
What to make of that first stanza. Were Australia abject, or were the Pumas just unstoppable? A combination of both? A ball on the chest, and it slips straight through the fingers.
They get another chance, and to their credit they go on the attack, the Wallabies. But the Argentine defence is more than equal to the task, and they bundle the Australians into touch.
No mistake from the boot, Iglesias slots a reasonably tough one, but distance is no issue at this altitude, and the aim is good.
Koroibete pinged for a high shot, a tough one that, with the arm sliding up the shoulder and around the neck. This time they do elect for the chance at three.
Big steal from Hooper, he buys Australia a brief respite. They put it on the toe, but it rolls agonisingly just into touch in goal.
Uncharacteristic errors and poor options selected from senior players. Will that affect the backline cohesion? Iglesias comes off the bench.
Argentina pinch another one at the line out! Great hands close to the line and they run at the Wallabies. A terrific catch-and-pass move from the Argentines, before Moroni puts it on the toe and Koroibete carries it into touch in goal.
Penalty against Australia, a bit of frustration coming into this, and a lot of chat flying round. He rejoins the fray, praise to Jebu for that.