Tri Nations Series champions

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The Tri Nations is contested annually between the Wallabies (Australia), the All Blacks (New Zealand) and the Springboks (South Africa).

Tri Nations Series champion is the title given to the rugby union nation (either Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or, since 2012, Argentina) that finishes at the top of competition table of the annual Tri Nations Series. The Bledisloe Cup, an Australian-New Zealand trophy is also awarded within the series.

Each nation plays each other thrice on a home and away basis, though the amount of games against each side was expanded from two to three in 2006.[1] A nation receives four points for a win, two for a draw and none for a loss. A nation can obtain a bonus point by either scoring four tries in a match or by losing by seven points or less to the opposition. If nations finish level on points (points for winning, drawing and bonus match points), the first tiebreaker is point differential (the actual in game scoreline, a cumulative scoreline difference). The scoreline difference is worked out by subtracting the amount of points a nation has had scored against them from the total points they have scored in the series. Should teams still be level, this is followed by number of tries scored by a nation during the series.

The Tri Nations was created between the SANZAR partners (along with the provincial Super 12 competition, now, Super Rugby). The tournament involves three southern hemisphere nations; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The series was created to form a similar competition to the Six Nations Championship (then, the Five Nations).[2] The first tournament was held in 1996, which New Zealand won. It has subsequently been held annually. The competition has largely been dominated by New Zealand, who have won 10 championships, whereas Australia and South Africa have each won the series three times. New Zealand has won consecutive championships on three occasions (1996-1997, 2002-2003, and 2005-2008) and Australia on one occasion (2000-2001).[3]

Results[edit]

Tournaments (1996-2011)[edit]

Year Duration Table
position
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1996 6 July –
10 August
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 4 0 0 119 60 +59 1 17
2 South Africa 4 1 0 3 70 84 −14 2 6
3 Australia 4 1 0 3 71 116 −45 2 6
1997 19 July –
27 August
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 4 0 0 159 109 +50 2 17
2 South Africa 4 1 0 3 148 144 +4 3 7
3 Australia 4 1 0 3 96 150 −54 2 6
1998 11 July –
22 August
1 South Africa South Africa 4 4 0 0 80 54 +26 1 17
2 Australia 4 2 0 2 79 82 −3 2 10
3 New Zealand 4 0 0 4 65 88 −23 2 2
1999 10 July –
28 August
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 3 0 1 103 61 +42 0 12
2 Australia 4 2 0 2 84 57 +27 2 10
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 34 103 −69 0 4
2000 15 July –
26 August
1 Australia Australia 4 3 0 1 104 86 +18 2 14
2 New Zealand 4 2 0 2 127 117 +10 2 10
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 82 110 −28 2 6
2001 21 July –
1 September
1 Australia Australia 4 2 1 1 81 75 +6 1 11
2 New Zealand 4 2 0 2 79 70 +9 1 9
3 South Africa 4 1 1 2 52 67 −15 0 6
2002 13 July –
17 August
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 3 0 1 97 65 +32 3 15
2 Australia 4 2 0 2 91 86 +5 3 11
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 103 140 −37 3 7
2003 12 July –
16 August
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 4 0 0 142 65 +77 2 18
2 Australia 4 1 0 3 89 106 −17 2 6
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 62 122 −60 0 4
2004 17 July –
21 August
1 South Africa South Africa 4 2 0 2 110 98 +12 3 11
2 Australia 4 2 0 2 79 83 −4 2 10
3 New Zealand 4 2 0 2 83 91 −8 1 9
2005 30 July –
3 September
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 3 0 1 111 86 +25 3 15
2 South Africa 4 3 0 1 93 82 −11 1 13
3 Australia 4 0 0 4 72 108 −36 3 3
2006 8 July –
9 September
1 New Zealand New Zealand 6 5 0 1 179 112 +67 3 23
2 Australia 6 2 0 4 133 121 +12 3 11
3 South Africa 6 2 0 4 106 185 −79 1 9
2007 16 June –
21 July
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 3 0 1 100 59 +41 1 13
2 Australia 4 2 0 2 76 80 -4 1 9
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 66 103 -37 1 5
2008 5 July –
13 September
1 New Zealand New Zealand 6 4 0 2 152 106 +46 3 19
2 Australia 6 3 0 3 119 163 -44 2 14
3 South Africa 6 2 0 4 115 117 -2 2 10
2009 18 July –
19 September
1 South Africa South Africa 6 5 0 1 158 130 +28 1 21
2 New Zealand 6 3 0 3 141 131 +10 1 13
3 Australia 6 1 0 5 103 141 -44 3 7
2010 10 July –
11 September
1 New Zealand New Zealand 6 6 0 0 184 111 +73 3 27
2 Australia 6 2 0 4 162 188 -26 3 11
3 South Africa 6 1 0 5 147 194 -47 3 7
2011 23 July –
27 August
1 Australia Australia 4 3 0 1 92 79 +13 1 13
2 New Zealand 4 2 0 2 95 64 +31 2 10
3 South Africa 4 1 0 3 54 98 -44 1 5

Aggregate table[edit]

Tri Nations (1996 – 2011)
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against diff
 New Zealand 72 50 0 22 1936 1395 +541 32 232 10
 Australia 72 29 1 42 1531 1721 –190 34 152 3
 South Africa 72 28 1 43 1480 1831 –351 24 138 3
Rugby Championship (2012 – )
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against diff
 New Zealand 15 14 1 0 470 222 +248 6 66 2
 South Africa 15 8 1 6 392 287 +105 6 39 0
 Australia 15 6 1 8 290 393 −103 1 27 0
 Argentina 15 0 1 14 214 464 −250 4 8 0

Updated: 8 Sep 2014
Source: espnscrum.com


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 Tri-Nations draw". keo.co.za. Retrieved 16 May 2006. 
  2. ^ "About the Tri Nations". rugby.com.au. Retrieved 16 May 2006. 
  3. ^ "Tri Nations Past Winners". ESPN. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 

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