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Grab those jerseys and get ready for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, kicking off Saturday, 8 July!

This highly anticipated tournament brings together the mightiest rugby nations from the southern hemisphere, promising fierce battles, thrilling tries, bone-crushing tackles, and games you won’t want to miss!  

Here’s everything you need to know about The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2023 and where you can book your ticket to watch South Africa v Argentina 

When And What Time Are All the Teams Playing?

Round 1 Fixtures: Saturday, 8 July

South Africa v Australia – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, 17:05 

Argentina v New Zealand – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Mendoza, 21:10 

Round 2 Fixtures: Saturday, 15 July

New Zealand v South Africa – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 9:05 

Australia v Argentina – CommBank Stadium, Sydney, 11:45 

Round 3 Fixtures: Saturday, 29 July

Australia v New Zealand – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 11:45 

South Africa v Argentina – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg, 17:05 

Support The Springboks LIVE From R2,730 Per Person 

The Springboks wrap up their Castle Lager Rugby Championship with their final home game against the Los Pumas at Emirates Stadium in Johannesburg on 29 July before they gear up for Rugby World Cup 2023. Book your rugby hospitality package with us and witness thrilling rugby action!  

More About the Participating Teams

South Africa – The Springboks will be donning their iconic green and gold kit, symbolising their warrior spirit and rich rugby heritage. This team, in 2023 led by both Duane Vermeulen and Eben Etzebeth (As Siya Kolisi recovers from his knee injury ahead of France 2023), boasts a formidable combination of skill, strength, and tactical prowess. The Springboks are known for their fierce physicality, solid defense, and lightning-fast counterattacks that have made them a force to be reckoned with in the rugby world. 

Australia – The Wallabies are known for their electrifying running rugby style. They exhibit incredible speed, agility, and creativity on the field, producing awe-inspiring moments of brilliance. With a never-say-die attitude and a flair for attacking play, the Wallabies are sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats throughout the championship. A key player to watch is Michael Hooper, the popular and hard-working captain. 

New Zealand – The mighty All Blacks are the most successful team in rugby history, having consistently dominated the sport for decades. Renowned for their precision, discipline, and unmatched skill set, the All Blacks are a true powerhouse. With a blend of incredible athleticism, unrivalled teamwork, and a winning mentality, they will be aiming to reclaim their throne as champions, but will be pressed on all sides by the improved performance of all competing teams. Keep an eye on No.8 Ardie Savea, who is dynamic as a loose forward.  

Argentina – The Pumas, known for their passionate and fearless style of play, have rapidly emerged as a force in world rugby. Their commitment, intensity, and physicality make them a formidable opponent. The Pumas’ relentless pursuit of victory and their ability to surprise even the toughest of adversaries make them a team to watch out for. A player to watch is hooker Julian Montoya, who forms a central part of both the scrum and lineout.  

A Closer Look at Each of The Venues

Beyond the fierce competition, the tournament takes place in some of the world’s most iconic stadiums, each with its own unique atmosphere and history. 

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria: Known as “The Bullring,” Loftus Versfeld is one of South Africa’s most historic stadiums, renowned for its passionate rugby culture. It’s home to provincial team, The Bulls, and who have a large and enthusiastic supporter base. 

Seating capacity: over 50,000 

Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Mendoza: Found in the heart of the picturesque Mendoza region in Argentina, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas offers a breathtaking backdrop of the Andes Mountains. This stadium has the privilege of hosting both rugby and football matches, showcasing the diverse sporting culture of Argentina.  

Seating capacity: approximately 42,000  

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland: Formerly known as Parramatta Stadium, CommBank Stadium is an iconic rugby venue in Sydney, Australia. This stadium is renowned for its impressive acoustics, which amplify the cheers and chants of fans, creating an immersive and unforgettable experience. 

Seating capacity: approximately 30,000 

CommBank Stadium, Sydney: Found in Sydney, Australia, this stadium is an emblem of the nation’s love for rugby. This state-of-the-art stadium, with its modern design and cutting-edge facilities, will provide a world-class setting for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. Known for its lively atmosphere and the fervent support of Australian rugby fans, CommBank Stadium will be an electrifying stage for thrilling encounters. 

Seating capacity: approximately 21,000 

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne: Known as the MCG, this stadium has a rich sporting legacy that extends beyond cricket. This hallowed ground has hosted memorable rugby matches, including Rugby World Cup games and previous editions of the Rugby Championship. The MCG’s distinctive light towers and the vast expanse of its playing surface leave spectators and players in awe.  

Seating capacity: approximately 100,024 

Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg: Formerly known as Ellis Park, the stadium holds great historical significance as the site of the Rugby World Cup 1995 final. Johannesburg’s high altitude offers a unique advantage for the home team and poses a challenge for visiting teams. The thinner air can affect players’ endurance, making it a demanding test of their physical capabilities.  

Seating capacity: approximately 62,567 

Book Your Ticket to See the Springboks in Action

The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2023 promises to deliver exhilarating clashes. From the intense battles of Loftus Versfeld to the breathtaking backdrop of Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Mendoza, each stadium brings its own unique flavour to the tournament. Be part of the action and book your spot for South Africa v Argentina from R2,730 per person sharing now. 

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