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2012 Rugby Championship
Date 18 August – 6 October 2012
Countries  Argentina
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Bledisloe Cup  New Zealand
Freedom Cup  New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate  Australia
Puma Trophy  Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Tries scored 44 (3.67 per match)
Attendance 547,523 (45,627 per match)
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Dan Carter (58)
Most tries South Africa Bryan Habana (7)
2011
2013

The 2012 Rugby Championship was the inaugural annual rugby union series between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina.[1] For sponsorship reasons, the competition was known as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina.

The 2012 Rugby Championship kicked off on 18 August with New Zealand defeating Australia and finished on 6 October. Each team played the other twice on a home and away basis. The inaugural Championship was won by New Zealand.[2][3][4]

Standings[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Four tries Loss by under seven points
1  New Zealand 6 6 0 0 177 66 +111 2 0 26
2  Australia 6 3 0 3 101 137 −36 0 0 12
3  South Africa 6 2 1 3 120 109 +11 1 1 12
4  Argentina 6 0 1 5 80 166 −86 0 2 4

Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

18 August 2012
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  19–27  New Zealand
Try: Sharpe 38' c
Con: Barnes (1/1) 39'
Pen: Barnes (4/4) 2', 44', 49', 75'
Report Try: Dagg 12' c
Jane 32' m
Con: Carter (1/2) 13'
Pen: Carter (5/6) 10', 19', 47', 62', 80+2'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 76,877[5]
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Australia
New Zealand
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Rob Horne
IC 12 Anthony Fainga'a
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Berrick Barnes
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Scott Higginbotham
OF 7 David Pocock (c)
BF 6 Dave Dennis Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 Sitaleki Timani Sent to blood bin 40' to 44' Substituted off 66' Substituted in 70'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 59'
LP 1 Benn Robinson Substituted off 68'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Stephen Moore Substituted in 59'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 68'
LK 18 Rob Simmons Substituted in 40' Substituted off 44' Substituted in 66' Substituted off 70'
FL 19 Radike Samo Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Michael Hooper
SH 21 Nick Phipps
WG 22 Drew Mitchell
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Ma'a Nonu
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Hosea Gear
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 79'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Liam Messam
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Luke Romano Substituted off 52'
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Keven Mealamu Substituted off 77'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Andrew Hore Substituted in 77'
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 64'
LK 18 Brodie Retallick Substituted in 52'
FL 19 Victor Vito
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 79'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden
FB 22 Ben Smith
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match
Israel Dagg (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official:
Matt Goddard (Australia)


18 August 2012
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  27–6  Argentina
Try: Kirchner 16' c
Coetzee 27' c
Habana 56' c
Con: M. Steyn (3/3) 17', 28', 57'
Pen: M. Steyn (2/2) 3', 24'
Report Pen: Hernández (2/4) 13', 30'
Bosch (0/1)
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 38,843[6]
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
South Africa
Argentina
FB 15 Zane Kirchner
RW 14 Bryan Habana Substituted off 69'
OC 13 Jean de Villiers (c)
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Lwazi Mvovo Substituted off 60'
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Francois Hougaard
N8 8 Keegan Daniel Substituted off 52'
OF 7 Willem Alberts
BF 6 Marcell Coetzee
RL 5 Andries Bekker Substituted off 58'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 31' Substituted in 35' Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted off 4'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes:
HK 16 Adriaan Strauss Substituted in 4'
PR 17 Patric Cilliers Substituted in 31' Substituted off 35' Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Flip van der Merwe Substituted in 58'
FL 19 Jacques Potgieter Substituted in 52'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 60'
FH 21 Patrick Lambie
CE 22 JJ Engelbrecht Substituted in 69'
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Santiago Fernández Substituted off 69'
LW 11 Horacio Agulla
FH 10 Juan Martín Hernández
SH 9 Nicolás Vergallo Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Alvaro Galindo Substituted off 42'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Patricio Albacete
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero Substituted off 60'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Bruno Postiglioni
PR 17 Marcos Ayerza Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi Substituted in 60'
FL 19 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 42'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 69'
SH 21 Martín Landajo Substituted in 65'
CE 22 Martín Rodríguez Substituted in 69'
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan

Man of the Match
Morné Steyn (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)


Round 2[edit]

25 August 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  22–0  Australia
Try: Dagg 45' c
Con: Carter (1/1) 46'
Pen: Carter (5/6) 25', 29', 38', 42', 48'
Report
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 50,000[7]
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
New Zealand
Australia
FB 15 Israel Dagg Substituted off 70'
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Ma'a Nonu Substituted off 55'
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Hosea Gear
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 64'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Liam Messam Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Luke Romano Substituted off 47'
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Keven Mealamu Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett Substituted off 55'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Andrew Hore Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 55'
LK 18 Brodie Retallick Substituted in 47'
FL 19 Victor Vito Substituted in 64'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 70'
FB 22 Ben Smith Substituted in 55'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Drew Mitchell Substituted off 34'
OC 13 Rob Horne Substituted off 40'
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia (c) Temporarily suspended from 28' to 38' 28' to 38'
N8 8 Scott Higginbotham Substituted off 46'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dave Dennis Substituted off 54'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 Sitaleki Timani
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Stephen Moore Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Benn Robinson Substituted off 42'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a Substituted in 72'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 42'
FL 18 Radike Samo Substituted in 46'
FL 19 Liam Gill Substituted in 54'
SH 20 Nick Phipps
CE 21 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted in 40'
FB 22 Kurtley Beale Substituted in 34'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans

Man of the Match:
Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)[8]

Touch judges:
Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


25 August 2012
16:10 AST (UTC−03)
Argentina  16–16  South Africa
Try: Fernández 16' c
Con: Rodríguez (1/1) 17'
Pen: Rodríguez (3/5) 11', 35', 50'
Report Try: F. Steyn 64' c
Con: M. Steyn (1/1) 65'
Pen: M. Steyn (3/7) 32', 48', 53'
Argentina
South Africa
FB 15 Martín Rodríguez
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Santiago Fernández
LW 11 Horacio Agulla
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 54'
SH 9 Nicolás Vergallo Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Alvaro Galindo Substituted off 35'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello Substituted off 75'
RL 5 Patricio Albacete
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Juan Figallo
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero Substituted off 56'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Bruno Postiglioni
PR 17 Marcos Ayerza Substituted in 56'
N8 18 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 75'
FL 19 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 35'
SH 20 Martín Landajo Substituted in 56'
FB 21 Lucas González Amorosino Substituted in 54'
WG 22 Juan Imhoff
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan
FB 15 Zane Kirchner
RW 14 Bryan Habana Substituted off 57'
OC 13 Jean de Villiers (c)
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Lwazi Mvovo
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Francois Hougaard
N8 8 Willem Alberts
OF 7 Jacques Potgieter
BF 6 Marcell Coetzee Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Andries Bekker Substituted off 49'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes:
HK 16 Tiaan Liebenberg Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Patric Cilliers Substituted in 68'
LK 18 Flip van der Merwe Substituted in 49'
N8 19 Keegan Daniel Substituted in 65'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar Substituted in 57'
FH 21 Patrick Lambie
CE 22 JJ Engelbrecht
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer

Man of the Match
Rodrigo Roncero (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)


Round 3[edit]

8 September 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  21–5  Argentina
Try: Savea 66' m
Jane 71' c
Con: Cruden (1/2) 73'
Pen: Cruden (3/5) 8', 24', 51'
Report Try: Roncero 12' m
Con: Hernández (0/1)
Pen: Hernández (0/1)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 29,932
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
New Zealand
Argentina
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith Substituted off 76'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Aaron Cruden Substituted off 75'
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Victor Vito Substituted off 43'
RL 5 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 64'
LL 4 Luke Romano
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 74'
HK 2 Keven Mealamu Substituted off 49'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes:
HK 16 Andrew Hore Substituted in 49'
PR 17 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 74'
LK 18 Sam Whitelock Substituted in 64'
FL 19 Liam Messam Substituted in 43'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 61'
FH 21 Beauden Barrett Substituted in 75'
FB 22 Ben Smith Substituted in 76'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Martín Rodríguez Substituted off 67'
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch Substituted off 77'
IC 12 Santiago Fernández
LW 11 Horacio Agulla
FH 10 Juan Martín Hernández
SH 9 Nicolás Vergallo
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 41'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello Temporarily suspended from 58' to 68' 58' to 68' Substituted off 74'
RL 5 Patricio Albacete
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero Substituted off 51'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Agustín Creevy
PR 17 Marcos Ayerza Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi Substituted in 51'
N8 19 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 74'
FL 20 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 41'
SH 21 Martín Landajo Substituted in 77'
WG 22 Lucas González Amorosino Substituted in 67'
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan

Man of the Match
Marcelo Bosch (Argentina)

Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official:
Vinny Munro (New Zealand)


8 September 2012
18:35 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia  26–19  South Africa
Try: Higginbotham 56' c
Alexander 68' c
Con: Barnes (2/2) 55', 69'
Pen: Barnes (4/4) 18', 29', 48', 63'
Report Try: Habana 20' c
Con: M. Steyn (1/1) 20'
Pen: M. Steyn (2/3) 3', 67'
F. Steyn (2/2) 25', 60'
Patersons Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 34,377
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Australia
South Africa
FB 15 Kurtley Beale Substituted off 71'
RW 14 Dominic Shipperley
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes Substituted off 71'
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia (c) Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Radike Samo Substituted off 52'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dave Dennis
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 Sitaleki Timani Substituted off 64'
TP 3 Ben Alexander Substituted off 74'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 74'
LP 1 Benn Robinson Substituted off 31' Substituted in 74'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a Substituted in 74'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 31'
FL 18 Scott Higginbotham Substituted in 52'
FL 19 Liam Gill Substituted in 64'
SH 20 Nick Phipps Substituted in 70'
FH 21 Mike Harris Substituted in 71'
CE 22 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted in 71'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
FB 15 Zane Kirchner Substituted off 71'
RW 14 Bryan Habana Substituted off 52'
OC 13 Jean de Villiers (c)
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Morné Steyn Substituted off 71'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen Substituted off 34' Substituted in 43'
OF 7 Willem Alberts
BF 6 Marcell Coetzee Substituted off 57'
RL 5 Juandré Kruger
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Temporarily suspended from 33' to 43' 33' to 43'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Tiaan Liebenberg Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Patric Cilliers Substituted in 34' Substituted off 43' Substituted in 53'
LK 18 Flip van der Merwe Substituted in 59'
FL 19 Francois Louw Substituted in 57'
FH 20 Johan Goosen Substituted in 71'
FH 21 Patrick Lambie Substituted in 71'
WG 22 Lwazi Mvovo Substituted in 52'
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer

Man of the Match
Berrick Barnes (Australia)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Matt Goddard (Australia)


Round 4[edit]

15 September 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  21–11  South Africa
Try: Dagg 19' m
A. Smith 60' c
Con: Cruden (1/2) 60'
Pen: Cruden (3/5) 52', 75', 82'
Report Try: Habana 48' m
Con: M. Steyn (0/1)
Pen: M. Steyn (1/4) 18'
Goosen (1/2) 70'
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 29,014
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
New Zealand
South Africa
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Aaron Cruden
SH 9 Piri Weepu Substituted off 40'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Liam Messam
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Luke Romano Substituted off 50'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 50'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu Substituted in 50'
PR 17 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Brodie Retallick Substituted in 50'
FL 19 Victor Vito
SH 20 Aaron Smith Substituted in 40'
FH 21 Beauden Barrett
CE 22 Tamati Ellison
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Zane Kirchner Substituted off 75'
RW 14 Bryan Habana
OC 13 Jean de Villiers (c)
IC 12 François Steyn
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Morné Steyn Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Willem Alberts Substituted off 61'
BF 6 Francois Louw
RL 5 Juandré Kruger Substituted off 53'
LL 4 Flip van der Merwe Sent to blood bin 40' to 42'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 51'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Tiaan Liebenberg Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Dean Greyling Substituted in 51' Temporarily suspended from 64' to 74' 64' to 74'
LK 18 Andries Bekker Substituted in 40' Substituted off 42' Substituted in 53'
FL 19 Marcell Coetzee Substituted in 61'
FH 20 Johan Goosen Substituted in 59'
CE 21 Juan de Jongh
FH 22 Patrick Lambie Substituted in 75'
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer

Man of the Match:
Israel Dagg (New Zealand)[10]

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official:
Vinny Munro (New Zealand)


15 September 2012
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  23–19  Argentina
Try: McCabe 60' c
Ioane 69' c
Con: Barnes (2/2) 60', 69'
Pen: Barnes (2/4) 25', 49'
Beale (1/1) 79'
Report Try: Leonardi 50' m
Cabello 52' m
Con: Hernández (0/2)
Pen: Hernández (3/4) 3', 29', 57'
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Attendance: 22,278
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Australia
Argentina
FB 15 Berrick Barnes Substituted off 70'
RW 14 Dominic Shipperley Substituted off 30' Substituted in 40' Substituted off 66'
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Pat McCabe Temporarily suspended from 12' to 22' 12' to 22'
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Nick Phipps
N8 8 Radike Samo Substituted off 53'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dave Dennis Substituted off 75'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe (c)
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 Benn Robinson Substituted off 30'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 30'
FL 18 Scott Higginbotham Substituted in 53'
FL 19 Liam Gill Substituted in 75'
SH 20 Brett Sheehan
CE 21 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted in 70'
FB 22 Kurtley Beale Substituted in 30' Substituted off 40' Substituted in 66'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho Substituted off 40'
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Santiago Fernández
LW 11 Horacio Agulla
FH 10 Juan Martín Hernández
SH 9 Martín Landajo Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello Substituted off 74'
RL 5 Patricio Albacete
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 40' Substituted in 74'
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero Substituted off 74'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Agustín Creevy Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi Substituted in 40'
N8 18 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 74'
FL 19 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Nicolás Vergallo Substituted in 61'
FB 21 Martín Rodríguez
WG 22 Juan Imhoff Substituted in 40'
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan

Man of the Match:
Digby Ioane (Australia)[11]

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Matt Goddard (Australia)


Round 5[edit]

29 September 2012
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  31–8  Australia
Try: Kirchner 21' c
Habana 28' c, 60' c, 78' m
Louw 53' m
Con: Pienaar (3/5) 22', 29', 61'
Report Try: Harris 65' m
Con: Beale (0/1)
Pen: Beale (1/2) 34'
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 44,463
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
South Africa
Australia
FB 15 Zane Kirchner Substituted off 55'
RW 14 Bryan Habana
OC 13 Jaco Taute Substituted off 75'
IC 12 Jean de Villiers (c)
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Johan Goosen Substituted off 75'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Willem Alberts Substituted off 58'
BF 6 Francois Louw
RL 5 Andries Bekker
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 70'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes:
HK 16 Tiaan Liebenberg Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Patric Cilliers Substituted in 70'
LK 18 Flip van der Merwe Substituted in 58'
FL 19 Marcell Coetzee Substituted in 58'
FH 20 Elton Jantjies Substituted in 75'
CE 21 Juan de Jongh Substituted in 75'
FH 22 Patrick Lambie Substituted in 55'
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer
FB 15 Berrick Barnes Substituted off 31'
RW 14 Dominic Shipperley
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper Substituted off 38'
IC 12 Pat McCabe Sent to blood bin 5' to 13'
LW 11 Digby Ioane Sent to blood bin 19' to 23' Substituted off 62'
FH 10 Kurtley Beale
SH 9 Nick Phipps
N8 8 Radike Samo Substituted off 55'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dave Dennis
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe (c)
LL 4 Kane Douglas Substituted off 50'
TP 3 Ben Alexander Substituted off 67'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 Benn Robinson Substituted off 30' Substituted in 67'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 30' Temporarily suspended from 52' to 62' 52' to 62'
LK 18 Rob Simmons Substituted in 50'
FL 19 Liam Gill Substituted in 55'
SH 20 Brett Sheehan Substituted in 62'
FH 21 Mike Harris Substituted in 38'
CE 22 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted in 5' Substituted off 13' Substituted in 19' Substituted off 23' Substituted in 31'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans

Man of the Match:
Bryan Habana (South Africa)[12]

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Greg Garner (England)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


29 September 2012
20:10 AST (UTC−03)
Argentina  15–54  New Zealand
Try: Landajo 7' m
Camacho 47' c
Con: Hernandez (1/2) 47'
Pen: Hernandez (1/2) 26'
Report Try: A. Smith 15' c
Jane 22' c, 50' m, 79' c
Savea 30' m, 38' c
Nonu 58' c
Con: Carter (3/5) 15', 23', 39'
Cruden (2/2) 59', 80'
Pen: Carter (2/3) 19', 28'
Cruden (1/1) 65'
Argentina
New Zealand
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino Substituted off 66'
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Santiago Fernández
LW 11 Horacio Agulla Substituted off 48'
FH 10 Juan Martín Hernández
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 52'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello
RL 5 Patricio Albacete
LL 4 Manuel Carizza Substituted off 57'
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 67'
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero
Substitutes:
HK 16 Agustín Creevy Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi Substituted in 67'
LK 18 Tomas Vallejos Substituted in 57'
FL 19 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 52'
SH 20 Nicolás Vergallo Substituted in 73'
FB 21 Martín Rodríguez Substituted in 66' Substituted off 73'
WG 22 Juan Imhoff Substituted in 48'
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith Substituted off 54'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Dan Carter Substituted off 58'
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 57'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c) Substituted off 58'
BF 6 Liam Messam
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Luke Romano Sent to blood bin 5' to 16' Substituted off 35'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 57'
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 48'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu Substituted in 48'
PR 17 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 57'
LK 18 Brodie Retallick Substituted in 5' Substituted off 16' Substituted in 35'
FL 19 Sam Cane Substituted in 58'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 57'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 58'
FB 22 Ben Smith Substituted in 54'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Kieran Read (New Zealand)[13]

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)


Round 6[edit]

6 October 2012
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  16–32  New Zealand
Try: Habana 12' c
Con: Goosen (1/1) 13'
Pen: Goosen (1/3) 20'
Jantjies (2/4) 36', 39'
Report Try: Whitelock 25' m
A. Smith 33' c
Nonu 41' c
C. Smith 52' c
Con: Carter (3/4) 33, 41, 53
Pen: Carter (1/2) 71'
Drop: Carter (1/1) 63'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 88,739
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
South Africa
New Zealand
FB 15 Zane Kirchner Substituted off 64'
RW 14 Bryan Habana
OC 13 Jaco Taute Substituted off 76'
IC 12 Jean de Villiers (c)
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Johan Goosen Substituted off 34'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Willem Alberts Substituted off 59'
BF 6 Francois Louw Sent to blood bin 36' to 42'
RL 5 Andries Bekker
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes:
HK 16 Tiaan Liebenberg Substituted in 72'
PR 17 Coenie Oosthuizen Substituted in 53'
LK 18 Flip van der Merwe Substituted in 59'
FL 19 Marcell Coetzee Substituted in 36' Substituted off 42' Substituted in 59'
FH 20 Elton Jantjies Substituted in 34'
CE 21 Juan de Jongh Substituted in 76'
FH 22 Patrick Lambie Substituted in 64'
Coach:
South Africa Heyneke Meyer
FB 15 Israel Dagg Temporarily suspended from 66' to 76' 66' to 76'
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Hosea Gear
FH 10 Dan Carter Substituted off 76'
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c) Sent to blood bin 69' to 72'
BF 6 Liam Messam Substituted off 65' Substituted in 69' Substituted off 72'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 62'
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 51'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu Substituted in 51'
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 62'
LK 18 Luke Romano Substituted in 58'
FL 19 Adam Thomson Substituted in 65'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 65'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 76'
CE 22 Tamati Ellison Substituted in 62'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Kieran Read (New Zealand)[14]

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Greg Garner (England)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


6 October 2012
20:10 AST (UTC−03)
Argentina  19–25  Australia
Try: Imhoff 76' c
Con: Bosch (1/1) 76'
Pen: Hernandez (3/4) 10', 15', 28'
Bosch (1/2) 61'
Report Try: Ioane 63' c
Con: Harris (1/1) 65'
Pen: Harris (6/9) 2', 7', 13', 23', 26', 73'
Argentina
Australia
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino
RW 14 Gonzalo Camacho
OC 13 Marcelo Bosch
IC 12 Santiago Fernández Sent to blood bin 45' to 52'
LW 11 Horacio Agulla Substituted off 66'
FH 10 Juan Martín Hernández Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 47'
BF 6 Julio Farías Cabello Substituted off 73'
RL 5 Patricio Albacete Temporarily suspended from 24' to 34' 24' to 34'
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 69'
HK 2 Eusebio Guiñazú
LP 1 Rodrigo Roncero Substituted off 73'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Agustín Creevy Substituted in 62'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi Substituted in 69'
N8 18 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 73'
FL 19 Tomás Leonardi Substituted in 47'
SH 20 Nicolás Vergallo
FH 21 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted in 45' Substituted off 52' Substituted in 59'
WG 22 Juan Imhoff Substituted in 66'
Coach:
Argentina Santiago Phelan
FB 15 Mike Harris
RW 14 Nick Cummins
OC 13 Ben Tapuai
IC 12 Pat McCabe
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Kurtley Beale
SH 9 Nick Phipps Substituted off 73'
N8 8 Radike Samo Substituted off 62'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Sitaleki Timani Substituted off 68'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe (c)
LL 4 Kane Douglas Substituted off 8'
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 James Slipper Substituted off 40'
Substitutes:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 Benn Robinson Substituted in 40'
FL 18 Dave Dennis Substituted in 62'
FL 19 Scott Higginbotham Substituted in 8'
FL 20 Liam Gill Substituted in 68'
SH 21 Brett Sheehan Substituted in 73' Temporarily suspended from 74' to 80' 74' to 80'
WG 22 Dom Shipperley
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans

Man of the Match:
Michael Hooper (Australia)[15]

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)

Warm up matches[edit]

On 4 August and 11 August, Argentina played two uncapped matches against a Stade Français team in Argentina.

Squads[edit]

Summary[edit]

Nation Match venues Head coach Captain
Name City Capacity
 Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata La Plata 53,000 Argentina Santiago Phelan Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Rosario 41,654
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Mendoza 40,268
 Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney 84,000 New Zealand Robbie Deans David Pocock
Will Genia
Nathan Sharpe[N 1]
Patersons Stadium Perth 43,500
Skilled Park Gold Coast 27,400
 New Zealand Eden Park Auckland 50,000 New Zealand Steve Hansen Richie McCaw
Westpac Stadium Wellington 36,000
Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin 30,748
 South Africa FNB Stadium Johannesburg 94,736 South Africa Heyneke Meyer Jean de Villiers
Newlands Stadium Cape Town 51,900
Loftus Versfeld Pretoria 51,762
  1. ^ An injury sustained by original captain David Pocock meant he was ruled out of the championship after round 1. This thus made scrum-half Will Genia captain from round 2 onwards. However a injury to his leg in round 3, meant he was unable to continue to play in the championship. Nathan Sharpe was named captain for the remaining round of the tournament.

Note: Ages are as of 18 August 2012 – the starting date of the tournament.

Argentina[edit]

Head Coach: Argentina Santiago Phelan
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Creevy, AgustínAgustín Creevy Hooker (1985-03-15)15 March 1985 (aged 27) 16 France Montpellier
Guiñazú, EusebioEusebio Guiñazú Hooker (1982-01-15)15 January 1982 (aged 30) 18 France Biarritz
Postiglioni, BrunoBruno Postiglioni Hooker (1987-08-04)4 August 1987 (aged 25) 6 Argentina La Plata
Ayerza, MarcosMarcos Ayerza Prop (1983-01-12)12 January 1983 (aged 29) 34 England Leicester Tigers
Bustos, MaximilianoMaximiliano Bustos Prop (1986-04-02)2 April 1986 (aged 26) 0 France Montpellier
Figallo, JuanJuan Figallo Prop (1988-03-25)25 March 1988 (aged 24) 9 France Montpellier
Orlandi, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Orlandi Prop (1983-06-20)20 June 1983 (aged 29) 9 France Racing Métro
Roncero, RodrigoRodrigo Roncero Prop (1977-02-16)16 February 1977 (aged 35) 49 France Stade Français
Albacete, PatricioPatricio Albacete Lock (1981-09-02)2 September 1981 (aged 30) 46 France Toulouse
Farías Cabello, JulioJulio Farías Cabello Lock (1978-09-09)9 September 1978 (aged 33) 10 Argentina Tucumán
Carizza, ManuelManuel Carizza Lock (1984-08-23)23 August 1984 (aged 27) 23 France Biarritz
Vallejos, TomásTomás Vallejos Lock (1984-10-16)16 October 1984 (aged 27) 1 Wales Scarlets
Vega, Tomás de laTomás de la Vega Flanker (1990-09-28)28 September 1990 (aged 21) 5 Argentina C.U.B.A.
Galindo, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Galindo Flanker (1982-02-26)26 February 1982 (aged 30) 11 France Racing Métro
Leguizamón, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Leguizamón Flanker (1983-06-06)6 June 1983 (aged 29) 34 France Lyon
Leonardi, TomásTomás Leonardi Flanker (1987-07-01)1 July 1987 (aged 25) 7 Argentina S.I.C.
Fernández Lobbe, Juan MartínJuan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c) Number 8 (1981-09-19)19 September 1981 (aged 30) 43 France Toulon
Senatore, LeonardoLeonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13)13 May 1984 (aged 28) 9 France Toulon
Cubelli, TomásTomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12)12 June 1989 (aged 23) 10 Argentina Belgrano Athletic
Figuerola, AgustínAgustín Figuerola Scrum-half (1985-01-27)27 January 1985 (aged 27) 7 France Brive
Vergallo, NicolásNicolás Vergallo Scrum-half (1983-08-20)20 August 1983 (aged 28) 24 France Toulouse
Fernández, SantiagoSantiago Fernández Fly-half (1985-11-28)28 November 1985 (aged 26) 18 France Montpellier
Hernández, Juan MartínJuan Martín Hernández Fly-half (1982-08-07)7 August 1982 (aged 30) 32 France Racing Métro
Landajo, MartínMartín Landajo Fly-half (1986-06-14)14 June 1986 (aged 26) 6 Argentina C.A.S.I.
Bosch, MarceloMarcelo Bosch Centre (1984-01-07)7 January 1984 (aged 28) 10 France Biarritz
Carballo, RafaelRafael Carballo Centre (1981-10-16)16 October 1981 (aged 30) 9 France Bordeaux
Rodríguez, MartínMartín Rodríguez Centre (1985-04-27)27 April 1985 (aged 27) 15 France Stade Français
Sanchez, NicolasNicolás Sánchez Centre (1988-26-10)10 February 1988 (aged 23) 3 France Bordeaux
Agulla, HoracioHoracio Agulla Wing (1984-10-22)22 October 1984 (aged 27) 34 England Bath
Camacho, GonzaloGonzalo Camacho Wing (1984-08-28)28 August 1984 (aged 27) 11 England Exeter
Imhoff, JuanJuan Imhoff Wing (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 (aged 24) 8 France Racing Métro
Montero, ManuelManuel Montero Wing (1991-11-20)20 November 1991 (aged 20) 6 Argentina Pucará
Bustos Moyano, MartínMartín Bustos Moyano Fullback (1985-07-12)12 July 1985 (aged 27) 1 France Montpellier
González Amorosino, LucasLucas González Amorosino Fullback (1985-02-11)11 February 1985 (aged 27) 14 France Montpellier

Australia[edit]

Head Coach': New Zealand Robbie Deans


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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Fainga'a, SaiaSaia Fainga'a Hooker (1987-02-02)2 February 1987 (aged 25) 7 Australia Reds
Moore, StephenStephen Moore Hooker (1983-01-20)20 January 1983 (aged 29) 70 Australia Brumbies
Polota-Nau, TatafuTatafu Polota-Nau Hooker (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 27) 35 Australia Waratahs
Alexander, BenBen Alexander Prop (1984-11-13)13 November 1984 (aged 27) 40 Australia Brumbies
Kepu, SekopeSekope Kepu Prop (1985-02-05)5 February 1985 (aged 27) 17 Australia Waratahs
Robinson, BennBenn Robinson Prop (1984-07-19)19 July 1984 (aged 28) 45 Australia Waratahs
Slipper, JamesJames Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 23) 23 Australia Reds
Douglas, KaneKane Douglas Lock (1989-06-01)1 June 1989 (aged 23) 0 Australia Waratahs
Sharpe, NathanNathan Sharpe Lock (1978-02-26)26 February 1978 (aged 34) 105 Australia Western Force
Simmons, RobRob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 23) 20 Australia Reds
Timani, SitalekiSitaleki Timani Lock (1987-09-19)19 September 1987 (aged 24) 3 Australia Waratahs
Dennis, DaveDave Dennis Flanker (1986-01-20)20 January 1986 (aged 26) 4 Australia Waratahs
Gill, LiamLiam Gill Flanker (1992-06-08)8 June 1992 (aged 20) 0 Australia Reds
Hooper, MichaelMichael Hooper Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 20) 3 Australia Brumbies
Pocock, DavidDavid Pocock (c) Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 24) 44 Australia Western Force
Schatz, JakeJake Schatz Flanker (1990-07-23)23 July 1990 (aged 22) 0 Australia Reds
Higginbotham, ScottScott Higginbotham Number 8 (1986-09-05)5 September 1986 (aged 25) 15 Australia Reds
Samo, RadikeRadike Samo Number 8 (1976-07-09)9 July 1976 (aged 36) 16 Australia Reds
Genia, WillWill Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 24) 38 Australia Reds
Phipps, NickNick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 23) 3 Australia Melbourne Rebels
White, NicNic White Scrum-half (1990-06-13)13 June 1990 (aged 22) 0 Australia Brumbies
Barnes, BerrickBerrick Barnes Fly-half (1986-05-28)28 May 1986 (aged 26) 41 Australia Waratahs
Cooper, QuadeQuade Cooper Fly-half (1988-04-05)5 April 1988 (aged 24) 35 Australia Reds
Fainga'a, AnthonyAnthony Fainga'a Centre (1987-02-02)2 February 1987 (aged 25) 18 Australia Reds
Harris, MikeMike Harris Centre (1988-07-08)8 July 1988 (aged 24) 2 Australia Reds
Horne, RobRob Horne Centre (1989-08-15)15 August 1989 (aged 23) 12 Australia Waratahs
Ashley-Cooper, AdamAdam Ashley-Cooper Wing (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 28) 64 Australia Waratahs
Ioane, DigbyDigby Ioane Wing (1985-07-14)14 July 1985 (aged 27) 25 Australia Reds
Mitchell, DrewDrew Mitchell Wing (1984-03-26)26 March 1984 (aged 28) 58 Australia Waratahs
Beale, KurtleyKurtley Beale Fullback (1989-01-06)6 January 1989 (aged 23) 24 Australia Melbourne Rebels

New Zealand[edit]


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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Hore, AndrewAndrew Hore Hooker (1978-09-13)13 September 1978 (aged 33) 65 New Zealand Highlanders
Mealamu, KevenKeven Mealamu Hooker (1979-03-20)20 March 1979 (aged 33) 93 New Zealand Blues
Crockett, WyattWyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24)24 January 1983 (aged 29) 6 New Zealand Crusaders
Faumuina, CharlieCharlie Faumuina Prop (1986-12-24)24 December 1986 (aged 25) 0 New Zealand Blues
Franks, BenBen Franks Prop (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 28) 18 New Zealand Crusaders
Franks, OwenOwen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 24) 34 New Zealand Crusaders
Woodcock, TonyTony Woodcock Prop (1981-01-27)27 January 1981 (aged 31) 86 New Zealand Blues
Retallick, BrodieBrodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 21) 3 New Zealand Chiefs
Romano, LukeLuke Romano Lock (1986-02-16)16 February 1986 (aged 26) 1 New Zealand Crusaders
Whitelock, SamSam Whitelock Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 23) 28 New Zealand Crusaders
Cane, SamSam Cane Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 20) 2 New Zealand Chiefs
Maccaw, RichieRichie McCaw (c) Flanker (1980-12-31)31 December 1980 (aged 31) 106 New Zealand Crusaders
Messam, LiamLiam Messam Flanker (1984-03-25)25 March 1984 (aged 28) 10 New Zealand Chiefs
Thomson, AdamAdam Thomson Flanker (1982-03-13)13 March 1982 (aged 30) 27 New Zealand Highlanders
Read, KieranKieran Read Number 8 (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (aged 26) 38 New Zealand Crusaders
Vito, VictorVictor Vito Number 8 (1987-03-27)27 March 1987 (aged 25) 14 New Zealand Hurricanes
Smith, AaronAaron Smith Scrum-half (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 23) 3 New Zealand Highlanders
Weepu, PiriPiri Weepu Scrum-half (1983-09-07)7 September 1983 (aged 28) 59 New Zealand Blues
Carter, DanDan Carter Fly-half (1982-03-05)5 March 1982 (aged 30) 87 New Zealand Crusaders
Cruden, AaronAaron Cruden Fly-half (1989-01-08)8 January 1989 (aged 23) 11 New Zealand Chiefs
Ellison, TamatiTamati Ellison Centre (1983-04-01)1 April 1983 (aged 29) 2 New Zealand Highlanders
Nonu, Ma'aMa'a Nonu Centre (1982-05-21)21 May 1982 (aged 30) 66 New Zealand Blues
Smith, ConradConrad Smith Centre (1981-10-12)12 October 1981 (aged 30) 58 New Zealand Hurricanes
Williams, Sonny BillSonny Bill Williams Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 27) 17 New Zealand Chiefs
Gear, HoseaHosea Gear Wing (1984-03-16)16 March 1984 (aged 28) 9 New Zealand Highlanders
Jane, CoryCory Jane Wing (1983-02-08)8 February 1983 (aged 29) 32 New Zealand Hurricanes
Savea, JulianJulian Savea Wing (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 22) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Dagg, IsraelIsrael Dagg Fullback (1988-06-06)6 June 1988 (aged 24) 15 New Zealand Crusaders
Smith, BenBen Smith Fullback (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 26) 5 New Zealand Highlanders

South Africa[edit]

Head Coach:' South Africa Heyneke Meyer
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Burden, CraigCraig Burden Hooker (1985-05-13)13 May 1985 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Sharks
Liebenberg, TiaanTiaan Liebenberg Hooker (1981-12-18)18 December 1981 (aged 30) 1 South Africa Stormers
Strauss, AdriaanAdriaan Strauss Hooker (1985-11-18)18 November 1985 (aged 26) 14 South Africa Cheetahs
Cilliers, PatPat Cilliers Prop (1987-03-03)3 March 1987 (aged 25) 2 South Africa Lions
Du Plessis, JannieJannie du Plessis Prop (1982-11-16)16 November 1982 (aged 29) 35 South Africa Sharks
Greyling, DeanDean Greyling Prop (1986-01-01)1 January 1986 (aged 26) 2 South Africa Bulls
Mtawarira, TendaiTendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 27) 37 South Africa Sharks
Bekker, AndriesAndries Bekker Lock (1983-12-05)5 December 1983 (aged 28) 26 South Africa Stormers
Etzebeth, EbenEben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 20) 5 South Africa Stormers
Kruger, JuandréJuandré Kruger Lock (1985-09-06)6 September 1985 (aged 26) 3 South Africa Bulls
Van Der Merwe, FlipFlip van der Merwe Lock (1985-06-03)3 June 1985 (aged 27) 15 South Africa Bulls
Coetzee, MarcellMarcell Coetzee Flanker (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 21) 5 South Africa Sharks
Louw, FrancoisFrancois Louw Flanker (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 (aged 27) 10 England Bath
Potgieter, JacquesJacques Potgieter Flanker (1986-04-24)24 April 1986 (aged 26) 3 South Africa Bulls
Alberts, WillemWillem Alberts Number 8 (1984-05-11)11 May 1984 (aged 28) 11 South Africa Sharks
Vermeulen, DuaneDuane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03)03 July 1986 (aged 26) 0 South Africa Stormers
Hougaard, FrancoisFrancois Hougaard Scrum-half (1988-04-06)6 April 1988 (aged 24) 20 South Africa Bulls
Pienaar, RuanRuan Pienaar Scrum-half (1984-03-10)10 March 1984 (aged 28) 56 Ireland Ulster
Vermaak, JanoJano Vermaak Scrum-half (1985-01-01)1 January 1985 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Bulls
Goosen, JohanJohan Goosen Fly-half (1992-07-27)27 July 1992 (aged 20) 0 South Africa Cheetahs
Steyn, MornéMorné Steyn Fly-half (1984-07-11)11 July 1984 (aged 28) 39 South Africa Bulls
De Jongh, JuanJuan de Jongh Centre (1988-04-15)15 April 1988 (aged 24) 10 South Africa Stormers
De Villiers, JeanJean de Villiers (c) Centre (1981-02-24)24 February 1981 (aged 31) 77 South Africa Stormers
Steyn, FrançoisFrançois Steyn Centre (1987-05-14)14 May 1987 (aged 25) 49 South Africa Sharks
Habana, BryanBryan Habana Wing (1983-06-12)12 June 1983 (aged 29) 79 South Africa Stormers
Mvovo, LwaziLwazi Mvovo Wing (1986-06-03)3 June 1986 (aged 26) 6 South Africa Sharks
Kirchner, ZaneZane Kirchner Fullback (1984-06-16)16 June 1984 (aged 28) 17 South Africa Bulls
Lambie, PatrickPatrick Lambie Fullback (1990-10-17)17 October 1990 (aged 21) 13 South Africa Sharks

Statistics[edit]

Attendance[edit]

  1. 88,739 South Africa vs New Zealand
  2. 76,877 Australia vs New Zealand
  3. 53,000 Argentina vs New Zealand
  4. 50,000 New Zealand vs Australia
  5. 44,463 South Africa vs Australia
  6. 40,000 Argentina vs Australia
  7. 40,000 Argentina vs South Africa
  8. 38,843 South Africa vs Argentina
  9. 34,377 Australia vs South Africa
  10. 29,932 New Zealand vs Argentina
  11. 29,014 New Zealand vs South Africa
  12. 22,278 Australia vs Argentina

The All Blacks were once again a top draw, yielding the three highest attended matches as fans from the host nations turned out to watch the visiting All Blacks, averaging 72,872, significantly above the 45,627 tournament average. In contrast, New Zealand's home matches accounted for two of the three lowest attended matches of the tournament.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Springboks to meet Pumas". sport24.co.za. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand win inaugural title". BBC Sport. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "McCaw hails comeback for landmark win". ESPN. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand wins Rugby Championship in style, beating Argeintina 54-15". Daily Telegraph. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Robson, Toby (19 August 2012). "All Blacks win but plenty to work on". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ AFP (19 August 2012). "Springboks too strong for debutant Pumas". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Hinton, Marc (26 August 2012). "Victory, but Sonny Bill Williams a loss". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Conrad Smith to make All Blacks return, Marc Hinton, dated 26 August 2012.
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