2016 Rugby Championship

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2016 Rugby Championship
Date 20 August 2016 – 8 October 2016
Countries  Argentina
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (4th title)
Bledisloe Cup  New Zealand
Freedom Cup  New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate  Australia
Puma Trophy  Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Tries scored 70 (5.83 per match)
Attendance 431,288 (35,941 per match)
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Beauden Barrett (81)
Most tries New Zealand Israel Dagg (5)
New Zealand Ben Smith (5)
2015
2017

The 2016 Rugby Championship was the fifth edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions. New Zealand won their first four matches with bonus points to gain an unassailable lead, winning the title for the fourth time.

The tournament started on 20 August after the 2016 Summer Olympics had concluded, with Australia hosting New Zealand and South Africa hosting Argentina. The tournament ran for eight weeks with two bye weeks, ending on 8 October when South Africa hosted New Zealand and Argentina played Australia in London, England at Twickenham Stadium.

Background[edit]

The tournament was operated by SANZAAR and known for sponsorship reasons as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa,[1] The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand,[2] The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship in Australia[3] and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina.[4]

The 2016 Championship returned to a 6-round format, with each team playing the other home and away. The previous year it had been reduced to 3 rounds so that the 2015 Rugby World Cup could be accommodated.[5] It was the first tournament for which Argentina was a full member of SANZAAR, and the first in which they had a team competing in the SANZAAR-run Super Rugby competition.[6]

For the first time a match was played in a neutral venue. Argentina's home match against Australia on 8 October was held at Twickenham in London.[7]

Australia were the holders of the title, having won the 2015 edition.[8]

Overview[edit]

In June there was a break from the 2016 Super rugby tournament while the four Southern Hemisphere national teams played test matches against touring Northern Hemisphere nations. New Zealand won all three tests against Wales, Australia were whitewashed by England in their three tests (the first time they had lost a series against England in Australia),[9] Argentina's series against France ended in one win each and Ireland won their first match in South Africa before losing the next two and the series.[10][11] These results and their 11 match winning streak leading into the tournament made New Zealand firm favourites to secure their fourth Rugby Championship title since it expanded to include Argentina five years ago.[11]

The opening match was played between New Zealand and Australia at ANZ stadium in Sydney. New Zealand comprehensively beat Australia 42–8, scoring six tries to one. In the first half Ryan Crotty, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo and man of the match Beauden Barrett scored tries for New Zealand, while Australia only managed a solitary penalty through Bernard Foley. Australia's cause was not helped as they lost three backs (Matt Giteau, Rob Horne and Matt Toomua) to injury. After the break New Zealand scored two more tries with Dane Coles and Julian Savea dotting down, while Nick Phipps scored a consolation try for Australia at the end.[12] South Africa narrowly beat Argentina 30–23 in Mbombela, scoring a try in the final minutes to take the lead. South Africa took an early lead after Ruan Combrinck scored a try in the corner, but Argentina struck back though a try of their own to Matias Orlando to take a 13–10 lead into the halftime break. Late in the second half Argentina looked to have won the game when Santiago Cordero collected a Nicolás Sánchez chip to give Argentina a 10-point lead with 11 minutes remaining. However, South Africa leveled after a Johan Goosen try and an Elton Jantjies penalty, before Warren Whiteley sealed the win with two minutes remaining.[13]

The second round featured the same teams playing their return matches. New Zealand kept Australia try-less, winning 29–9 and retaining the Bledisloe Cup for the thirteenth straight year. Despite Israel Dagg scoring two tries, Australia put in a better defensive effort and New Zealand only led 15–9 at the half time break. Julian Savea and Sam Cane scored a try each in the second half while keeping Australia scoreless.[14] Argentina reversed the result against South Africa in Salta, kicking a last minute penalty to secure a 26–24 victory. Argentina outplayed South Africa in the first half, scoring one try to fullback Joaquin Tuculet, to lead 13–3. South Africa struck back in the second half with veteran winger Bryan Habana scoring a record 65th test try. Juan Leguizamon scored a second try for Argentina and they led by seven with 13 minutes remaining. South Africa took the lead for the first time in the match with six minutes left when Pieter-Steph du Toit scored a try and then Morne Steyn landed a penalty. Argentina were able to defended strongly to prevent South Africa scoring any more points, before Gonzalez Iglesias landed a match winning penalty in the 77th minute.[15]

After a week's break Argentina traveled to New Zealand and following a competitive first half dropped away to lose 57–22. Argentina took the lead after only two minutes as Cordero scored under the posts from the opening passage of play. However, New Zealand struck straight back with a Julian Savea try. Ben Smith and Barrett also scored for New Zealand while Sanchez's four penalties kept Argentina close, with New Zealand leading 24–19 at half time. The second half was all New Zealand as they scored five tries to Ben Smith, Charlie Faumuiana, Luke Romano and Crotty twice against a solitary penalty from Sanchez.[16] Australia hosted South Africa, ending a six match losing streak after clinching a 23–17 victory in the wet at Brisbane. Only one point separated the two teams at the half time break. Whiteley and Goosen had scored tries early for South Africa to give them the lead, while an Adam Coleman try and two Foley penalties brought Australia to within one point. Early in the second half South African lock Eben Etzebeth was sin binned for a dangerous challenge and Foley kicked the resulting penalty to give Australia a slight lead. Foley then scored the decisive try 20 minutes later to give them their first win of the tournament.[17]

In the fourth round New Zealand continued their winning form, downing South Africa 41–13 in Christchurch, while Argentina fell to a 36–20 defeat in Australia. New Zealand hooker Coles set up tries for Dagg, Julian Savea and Sam Whitelock with some crisp passing. Ben Smith, Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara also scored tries, while South Africa's only try came early when Habana crossed in the first 10 minutes.[18] Australia jumped to a 21-point lead against Argentina after Samu Kerevi, Dane Haylett-Petty and Will Genia all scored converted tries in the first 12 minute. Argentina responded with two penalties and at halftime the score was 21–6. Cordera scored early in the second half to bring the deficit to eight, before Sean McMahon beat four defenders to set up Genia's second try. Quade Cooper then set up a decisive try for Michael Hooper to give Australia a 20-point lead, with Argentina only managing a late consolation try to Facundo Isa.[19]

Four wins from four games and four bonus points for scoring at least three tries more than their opposition in each game[20] meant that the Rugby Championship title returned to New Zealand with two rounds still to play.[18] [21] The 24 tries scored by New Zealand at this point in the tournament is more than the other three nations combined[22] and they are within three wins of the record for the longest winning streak in tests.[23] Stuart Barnes has labelled the current New Zealand team the most dominant in rugby history,[24] something which former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick does not think is "good for the game as a whole".[25]

Standings[edit]

Place Nation Games Points[26] Try
Bonus
Losing
Bonus
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff
1  New Zealand 6 6 0 0 262 84 +178 6 0 30
2  Australia 6 3 0 3 119 147 −28 1 0 13
3  South Africa 6 2 0 4 117 180 −63 0 2 10
4  Argentina 6 1 0 5 129 216 −87 0 1 5

Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

20 August 2016
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  8–42  New Zealand
Try: Phipps 74' m
Pen: Foley (1/1) 3'
Report[27] Try: Crotty 5' c
Barrett 25' c
Kaino 30' m
Naholo 38' c
Coles 55' m
J. Savea 58' m
Con: Barrett (3/5) 7', 26', 39'
Pen: Barrett (2/3) 16', 22'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 65,328
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Giteau Substituted off 11'
LW 11 Dane Haylett-Petty
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Ben McCalman Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Rob Simmons Substituted off 49'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 54'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 50' Substituted in 74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 62'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 50' Substituted off 74'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 54'
LK 19 Dean Mumm Substituted in 49'
FL 20 Scott Fardy Substituted in 61'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 39'
CE 22 Matt Toomua Substituted in 11' Substituted off 30'
WG 23 Rob Horne Substituted in 30' Substituted off 39'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 40'
LW 11 Waisake Naholo Substituted off 39'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c) Temporarily suspended from 73' to 80' 73' to 80'
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 63'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino Substituted off 57'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 2'
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dane Coles Substituted in 2'
PR 17 Kane Hames Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 45'
FL 19 Liam Squire Substituted in 57'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 63'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 67'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 40'
WG 23 Julian Savea Substituted in 39'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Allan Alaalatoa (Australia) made his international debut.
  • Kane Hames (New Zealand) made his international debut.
  • This was New Zealand's first win over Australia at ANZ Stadium since 2013.[28]

20 August 2016
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  30–23  Argentina
Try: Combrinck 6' c
Goosen 70' c
Whiteley 78' c
Con: Jantjies (3/3) 8', 71', 79'
Pen: Jantjies (3/5) 17', 55', 73'
Report[29] Try: Orlando 24' c
Cordero 66' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 26', 67'
Pen: Sánchez (3/4) 15', 23', 64'
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Attendance: 27,357
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Ruan Combrinck
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe
IC 12 Damian de Allende Substituted off 73'
LW 11 Bryan Habana Temporarily suspended from 45' to 55' 45' to 55'
FH 10 Elton Jantjies
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 53'
RL 5 Lood de Jager Substituted off 53'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Julian Redelinghuys Substituted off 31'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 53'
PR 18 Vincent Koch Substituted in 31'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted in 53'
FL 20 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 53'
SH 21 Rudy Paige
CE 22 Juan de Jongh Substituted in 73'
FB 23 Jesse Kriel
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Orlando Substituted off 75'
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández
LW 11 Manuel Montero Temporarily suspended from 21' to 31' 21' to 31'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Martín Landajo Substituted off 55'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 63'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Matías Alemanno Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 62'
PR 17 Felipe Arregui
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto
LK 19 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted in 55'
FL 20 Javier Ortega Desio Substituted in 63'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 55'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted in 75'
WG 23 Ramiro Moyano
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Round 2[edit]

27 August 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  29–9  Australia
Try: Dagg (2) 7' c, 21' m
J. Savea 46' c
Cane 61' c
Con: Barrett (3/4) 8', 47', 63'
Pen: Barrett (1/3) 13'
Report[30] Pen: Foley (2/2) 11', 20'
Hodge (1/2) 34'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 35,372
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Julian Savea Substituted off 65'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 72'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Dane Coles Substituted off 69'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Parsons Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 51'
FL 19 Liam Squire Substituted in 69'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 72'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 65'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 65'
CE 23 Seta Tamanivalu Substituted in 75'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper Substituted off 16'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi Substituted off 67'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Dane Haylett-Petty
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 67'
N8 8 David Pocock Substituted off 63' Substituted in 69'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy Substituted off 37' Substituted in 63' Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Adam Coleman Temporarily suspended from 36' to 46' 36' to 46' Substituted off 63'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) Substituted off 38' Substituted in 40' Sent to blood bin 48' to 53' Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 38' Substituted off 40' Substituted in 48' Substituted off 53' Substituted in 63'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Dean Mumm Substituted in 37'
LK 20 Will Skelton Substituted in 63'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 67'
CE 22 Tevita Kuridrani Substituted in 67'
FB 23 Reece Hodge Substituted in 16'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Israel Dagg (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Notes:


27 August 2016
16:40 AST (UTC-03)
Argentina  26–24  South Africa
Try: Tuculet 30' c
Leguizamón 47' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 32'
Hernández (1/1) 48'
Pen: Sánchez (2/2) 22', 29'
Hernández (1/1) 54'
González Iglesias (1/1) 77'
Report[31] Try: Habana 44' c
Du Toit 67' m
Con: Goosen (1/1) 45'
Pen: Jantjies (2/4) 20', 42'
Steyn (2/3) 63', 73'
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Orlando Substituted off 60'
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández Substituted off 66'
LW 11 Manuel Montero Substituted off 40'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 45'
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 66'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini Substituted off 45'
LL 4 Matías Alemanno
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Temporarily suspended from 19' to 29' 19' to 29'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 60'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 64'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 60'
PR 17 Felipe Arregui Substituted in 64'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto Substituted in 66'
LK 19 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted in 45'
FL 20 Javier Ortega Desio Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted in 45'
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino Substituted in 40'
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade
FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Ruan Combrinck Substituted off 32'
OC 13 Lionel Mapoe
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Elton Jantjies Substituted off 45'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 73'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 54'
RL 5 Lood de Jager Substituted off 45'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 45'
PR 18 Lourens Adriaanse Substituted in 45'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted in 45'
FL 20 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 54'
SH 21 Rudy Paige Substituted in 73'
FH 22 Morné Steyn Substituted in 45'
FB 23 Jesse Kriel Substituted in 32'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match
Facundo Isa (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

  • Felipe Arregui (Argentina) made his international debut.
  • Tomás Cubelli (Argentina) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Argentina beat South Africa for the first time on home soil.

Round 3[edit]

10 September 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  57–22  Argentina
Try: J. Savea 10' c
B. Smith (2) 23' c, 66' c
Barrett 35' c
Crotty (2) 53' c, 63' c
Faumuina 56' c
Romano 76' m
Con: Barrett (6/6) 11', 24', 36', 54', 57', 64'
Cruden (1/2) 68'
Pen: Dagg (1/1) 31'
Report[32] Try: Cordero 2' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 2'
Pen: Sánchez (5/6) 14', 18', 26', 38', 49'
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 23,361
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 68'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 48'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 45'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 64'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 48'
HK 2 Dane Coles Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett Substituted in 52'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 48'
LK 19 Luke Romano Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 45'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 48'
FH 22 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 64'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 68'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Juan Martín Hernández Substituted off 36'
LW 11 Santiago Cordero
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Martín Landajo Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted off 40'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 62'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz Substituted in 62'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto Substituted in 65'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer Substituted in 64'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 40'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted in 36'
WG 23 Ramiro Moyano Substituted in 64'
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Julian Savea (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


10 September 2016
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  23–17  South Africa
Try: Coleman 26' c
Foley 61' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 28', 62'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 10', 34', 42'
Report[33] Try: Whiteley 2' c
Goosen 17' c
Con: Jantjies (2/2) 3', 18'
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 65'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 30,327
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty Substituted off 68'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi Substituted off 73'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 David Pocock Substituted off 73'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman Substituted off 54'
LL 4 Kane Douglas
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 50'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) Substituted off 54'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 54'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 50'
LK 19 Rory Arnold Substituted in 54'
FL 20 Sean McMahon Substituted in 73'
SH 21 Nick Phipps
CE 22 Tevita Kuridrani Substituted in 73'
WG 23 Drew Mitchell Substituted in 68'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

FB 15 Johan Goosen
RW 14 Bryan Habana Substituted off 58' Substituted in 63'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard Substituted off 78'
FH 10 Elton Jantjies Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé Substituted off 46'
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 50'
RL 5 Lood de Jager Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Temporarily suspended from 41' to 51' 41' to 51'
TP 3 Lourens Adriaanse Substituted off 50'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c) Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 50'
LK 19 Franco Mostert Substituted in 46'
LK 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted in 40'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 50'
FH 22 Morné Steyn Substituted in 64'
CE 23 Lionel Mapoe Substituted in 58' Substituted off 63' Substituted in 78'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match:
Michael Hooper

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Eben Etzebeth became the youngest South African player to earn his 50th test cap.
  • This was Australia's first back-to-back win over South Africa since their 2011/12 wins.
  • Australia retain the Mandela Challenge Plate.

Round 4[edit]

17 September 2016
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  41–13  South Africa
Try: Dagg 21' m
J. Savea 27' c
B. Smith 48' c
A. Savea 55' c
Whitelock 64' m
Perenara 70' c
Con: Barrett (4/6) 28', 49', 57', 71'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 8'
Report[34] Try: Habana 18' c
Con: Jantjies (1/1) 19'
Pen: Jantjies (2/2) 36', 52'
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 20,826
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg Substituted off 67'
OC 13 Malakai Fekitoa
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 65'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 63'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Ardie Savea Substituted off 59'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino Substituted off 52'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Dane Coles Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett Substituted in 45'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 53'
LK 19 Luke Romano Substituted in 59'
FL 20 Matt Todd Substituted in 52'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 63'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga Substituted in 67'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 65'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

FB 15 Johan Goosen Substituted off 50'
RW 14 Bryan Habana
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Elton Jantjies Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé Substituted off 50'
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 59'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted off 62'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch Substituted off 71'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c) Substituted off 43'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 59'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx Substituted in 43'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 59'
PR 18 Lourens Adriaanse Substituted in 71'
LK 19 Franco Mostert Substituted in 62'
FL 20 Willem Alberts Substituted in 50'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 59'
FH 22 Morné Steyn Substituted in 59'
CE 23 Damian de Allende Substituted in 50'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee

Man of the Match:
Dane Coles (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:


17 September 2016
18:05 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia  36–20  Argentina
Try: Kerevi 1' c
Haylett-Petty 7' c
Genia (2) 11' c, 51' m
Hooper 63' c
Con: Foley (4/5) 2', 8', 12', 64'
Pen: Hodge (1/1) 74'
Report[35] Try: Cordero 43' c
Isa 71' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 43', 71'
Pen: Sánchez (2/3) 22', 33'
nib Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 16,202
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi Substituted off 73'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper Temporarily suspended from 67' to 77' 67' to 77'
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 67'
N8 8 David Pocock Substituted off 35'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm Substituted off 67'
RL 5 Adam Coleman Substituted off 60'
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) Substituted off 48'
LP 1 Scott Sio Temporarily suspended from 32' to 42' 32' to 42' Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 48'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 35' Substituted off 44' Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Tom Robertson Substituted in 60'
LK 19 Rory Arnold Substituted in 60'
FL 20 Lopeti Timani Substituted in 67'
FL 21 Sean McMahon Substituted in 44'
SH 22 Nick Phipps Substituted in 67'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani Substituted in 73'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted off 31' Substituted in 36'
LW 11 Lucas González Amorosino Substituted off 61'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 67' Substituted in 71'
SH 9 Tomás Cubelli Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Facundo Isa
OF 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted off 44'
BF 6 Pablo Matera Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Javier Ortega Desio
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 46'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 46'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz Substituted in 61'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto Substituted in 65'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer Substituted in 65'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 44'
SH 21 Martín Landajo Substituted in 61'
CE 22 Gabriel Ascárate Substituted in 31' Substituted off 36' Substituted in 67' Substituted off 71'
CE 23 Matías Orlando Substituted in 61'
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade

Man of the Match:
Will Genia (Australia)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Dean Mumm (Australia) earned his 50th test cap.
  • Tom Robertson and Lopeti Timani (both Australia) made their international debuts.
  • Australia retain the Puma Trophy.
  • With this Australian win, New Zealand secured their fourth Rugby Championship title, with two rounds to play.

Round 5[edit]

1 October 2016
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  18–10  Australia
Pen: Steyn (4/5) 25', 34', 40', 75'
Drop: Steyn (2/2) 4', 79'
Report[36] Try: Sio 13' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 14'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 7'
FB 15 Patrick Lambie
RW 14 Bryan Habana Substituted off 45'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel Substituted off 38'
IC 12 Juan de Jongh
LW 11 Francois Hougaard
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Rudy Paige Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé Substituted off 54'
BF 6 Francois Louw
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted off 44'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Vincent Koch Substituted off 44'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c)
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 44'
PR 18 Julian Redelinghuys Substituted in 44'
LK 19 Lood de Jager Substituted in 44'
FL 20 Willem Alberts Substituted in 56'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 54'
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe Substituted in 38'
FB 23 Willie le Roux Substituted in 45'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee

FB 15 Israel Folau Temporarily suspended from 33' to 43' 33' to 43'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty Substituted off 68'
OC 13 Samu Kerevi Substituted off 53'
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Sean McMahon Substituted off 40'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman Substituted off 45'
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Hanson
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 55'
PR 18 Tom Robertson Substituted in 55'
LK 19 Kane Douglas Substituted in 45'
FL 20 Scott Fardy Substituted in 40'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 76'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani Substituted in 53'
WG 23 Sefanaia Naivalu Substituted in 68'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Adriaan Strauss (South Africa)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Notes:


1 October 2016
19:10 AST (UTC−03)
Argentina  17–36  New Zealand
Try: Isa 57' c
Tuculet 76' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 57'
González Iglesias (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 33'
Report[37] Try: Lienert-Brown 27' c
Crotty 34' c
Coles 38' c
Perenara 39' m
Smith 44' c
Con: Barrett (4/5) 28', 34', 36', 45'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 2'
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Santiago Cordero
OC 13 Matías Moroni Substituted off 75'
IC 12 Santiago González Iglesias
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 68'
SH 9 Martín Landajo Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Facundo Isa Substituted off 79'
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno Substituted off 57'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 48'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 48'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz Substituted in 52'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto Substituted in 63'
FL 19 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted in 65'
N8 20 Leonardo Senatore Substituted in 57'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 56'
CE 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente Substituted in 68'
CE 23 Matías Orlando Substituted in 75'
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade

FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 48'
LW 11 Julian Savea
FH 10 Beauden Barrett Substituted off 75'
SH 9 TJ Perenara Substituted off 68'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c) Substituted off 75'
OF 7 Ardie Savea
BF 6 Liam Squire Temporarily suspended from 64' to 74' 64' to 74' Substituted off 51' Substituted in 63'
RL 5 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 47'
LL 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Dane Coles Substituted off 69'
LP 1 Joe Moody Temporarily suspended from 51' to 61' 51' to 61' Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted in 63'
LK 19 Sam Whitelock Substituted in 47'
N8 20 Elliot Dixon Substituted in 75'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow Substituted in 68'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga Substituted in 75'
FB 23 Damian McKenzie Substituted in 48'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Notes:

Round 6[edit]

8 October 2016
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  15–57  New Zealand
Pen: Steyn (5/5) 4', 17', 26', 49', 58'
Report[38] Try: Dagg (2) 21' m, 43' m
Perenara (2) 32' c, 60' c
Barrett (2) 54' m, 70' c
Taylor 73' c
Smith 76' c
Squire 80' c
Con: Barrett (3/6) 32', 61', 71'
Sopoaga (3/3) 73', 77', 80'
FB 15 Patrick Lambie
RW 14 Francois Hougaard
OC 13 Juan de Jongh
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn Substituted off 63'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé Substituted off 45'
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 11'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 45'
TP 3 Vincent Koch Substituted off 45'
HK 2 Adriaan Strauss (c) Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Julian Redelinghuys Substituted in 45'
LK 19 Lood de Jager Temporarily suspended from 71' to 80' 71' to 80' Substituted in 45'
FL 20 Willem Alberts Substituted in 45'
FL 21 Jaco Kriel Substituted in 11'
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe Substituted in 67'
FB 23 Willie le Roux Substituted in 63'
Coach:
South Africa Allister Coetzee

FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Israel Dagg
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 65'
LW 11 Waisake Naholo Substituted off 62'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 TJ Perenara Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Matt Todd Substituted off 55'
BF 6 Jerome Kaino Substituted off 62'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Dane Coles Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Codie Taylor Temporarily suspended from 80' to 80' 80' to 80' Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Wyatt Crockett Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Charlie Faumuina Substituted in 65'
FL 19 Liam Squire Substituted in 62'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 55'
SH 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow Substituted in 67'
FH 22 Lima Sopoaga Substituted in 62'
CE 23 George Moala Substituted in 65'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official:
Jim Yuille (Scotland)

Notes:

  • This was New Zealand's biggest winning margin over South Africa away, surpassing the previous 36 point-margin set in 2003.
  • The 57 points scored were the most conceded by South Africa ever.
  • New Zealand equaled a tier 1 record of 17 consecutive wins in a row.

8 October 2016
19:30 BST (UTC+01)
Argentina  21–33  Australia
Try: Alemanno 20' m
De la Fuente 44' c
Con: González Iglesias (1/2) 46'
Pen: González Iglesias (3/5) 40', 54', 69'
Report[39] Try: Coleman 5' c
Kerevi (2) 38' m, 49' c
Mumm 76' m
Con: Foley (2/4) 6', 50'
Pen: Foley (3/3) 10', 26', 73'
Twickenham Stadium, London, England
Attendance: 48,515
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Joaquín Tuculet
RW 14 Matías Moroni
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano Substituted off 57'
FH 10 Santiago González Iglesias
SH 9 Martín Landajo
N8 8 Leonardo Senatore Substituted off 50'
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Matías Alemanno
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted off 74'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 67'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Lucas Noguera Paz Substituted off 67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta Substituted in 67'
PR 18 Enrique Pieretto Substituted in 67'
LK 19 Marcos Kremer Substituted in 74'
FL 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted in 50'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 57'
CE 22 Gabriel Ascárate
FB 23 Lucas González Amorosino
Coach:
Argentina Daniel Hourcade

FB 15 Israel Folau Substituted off 78'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Samu Kerevi
IC 12 Bernard Foley
LW 11 Reece Hodge
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 63'
N8 8 Lopeti Timani Substituted off 69'
OF 7 Michael Hooper Temporarily suspended from 16' to 26' 16' to 26'
BF 6 Dean Mumm
RL 5 Adam Coleman Temporarily suspended from 30' to 40' 30' to 40' Substituted off 60'
LL 4 Rory Arnold Substituted off 54'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) Substituted off 74'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Hanson Substituted in 74'
PR 17 Tom Robertson Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 60'
LK 19 Kane Douglas Substituted in 60'
FL 20 Scott Fardy Substituted in 54'
N8 21 Leroy Houston Substituted in 69'
SH 22 Nick Phipps Substituted in 63'
CE 23 Tevita Kuridrani Substituted in 78'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Touch judges:
JP Doyle (England)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:

Squads[edit]

Summary[edit]

Nation Match venues Head coach Captain
Name City Capacity
 Argentina Twickenham Stadium[a] London 82,000 Argentina Daniel Hourcade Agustín Creevy
José Amalfitani Stadium Buenos Aires 49,540
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena Salta 20,408
 Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney 84,000 Australia Michael Cheika Stephen Moore
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 52,500
nib Stadium Perth 20,500
 New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wellington 34,500 New Zealand Steve Hansen Kieran Read
Waikato Stadium Hamilton 25,800
AMI Stadium Christchurch 18,000
 South Africa Growthpoint Kings Park Durban 52,000 South Africa Allister Coetzee Adriaan Strauss
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria 51,762
Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit 40,929
  1. ^ The UAR will take their home game against Australia to Twickenham Stadium in London, and play the game in a neutral venue.[7]

Note: Ages, caps and domestic side are of 20 August 2016 – the starting date of the tournament

Argentina[edit]

On 20 July 2016, Argentina named a 33-man squad for the Championship.[40]

1 On 10 August 2016, Felipe Arregui, replacing Santiago García Botta, was named in Argentina's 26-man travelling squad for the opening match against South Africa.[41]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08)8 August 1991 (aged 25) 2 Argentina CUBA
Agustín Creevy (c) Hooker (1985-03-15)15 March 1985 (aged 31) 49 Argentina Jaguares
Julián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29)29 October 1993 (aged 22) 19 Argentina Jaguares
Felipe Arregui 1 Prop (1994-06-09)9 June 1994 (aged 22) 0 Argentina Duendes
Santiago García Botta 1 Prop (1992-06-19)19 June 1992 (aged 24) 9 Argentina Jaguares
Ramiro Herrera Prop (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 (aged 27) 22 Argentina Jaguares
Lucas Noguera Paz Prop (1993-10-05)5 October 1993 (aged 22) 23 Argentina Jaguares
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15)15 December 1994 (aged 21) 3 Argentina Córdoba
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-11-06)6 November 1989 (aged 26) 25 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05)5 December 1991 (aged 24) 21 Argentina Jaguares
Marcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 (aged 19) 0 Argentina Atlético del Rosario
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22)22 January 1993 (aged 23) 28 Argentina Jaguares
Guido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17)17 November 1994 (aged 21) 15 Argentina Jaguares
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Flanker (1983-06-06)6 June 1983 (aged 33) 68 Argentina Jaguares
Tomás Lezana Flanker (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 (aged 22) 8 Argentina Jaguares
Pablo Matera Flanker (1993-07-18)18 July 1993 (aged 23) 25 Argentina Jaguares
Javier Ortega Desio Flanker (1990-06-14)14 June 1990 (aged 26) 22 Argentina Jaguares
Facundo Isa Number 8 (1993-09-21)21 September 1993 (aged 22) 16 Argentina Jaguares
Leonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13)13 May 1984 (aged 32) 36 Argentina Jaguares
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12)12 June 1989 (aged 27) 48 Australia Brumbies
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-04-15)15 April 1993 (aged 23) 3 Argentina Jaguares
Martín Landajo Scrum-half (1988-06-14)14 June 1988 (aged 28) 56 Argentina Jaguares
Santiago González Iglesias Fly-half (1988-06-16)16 June 1988 (aged 28) 22 Argentina Jaguares
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26)26 October 1988 (aged 27) 42 Argentina Jaguares
Gabriel Ascárate Centre (1987-10-20)20 October 1987 (aged 28) 17 Argentina Jaguares
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 25) 21 Argentina Jaguares
Juan Martín Hernández Centre (1982-08-07)7 August 1982 (aged 34) 60 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29)29 March 1991 (aged 25) 11 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14)14 November 1991 (aged 24) 11 Argentina Jaguares
Santiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06)6 December 1993 (aged 22) 21 Argentina Jaguares
Manuel Montero Wing (1991-11-20)20 November 1991 (aged 24) 24 Argentina Jaguares
Ramiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28)28 May 1990 (aged 26) 8 Argentina Jaguares
Lucas González Amorosino Fullback (1985-11-02)2 November 1985 (aged 30) 50 Argentina Jaguares
Joaquín Tuculet Fullback (1989-08-08)8 August 1989 (aged 27) 31 Argentina Jaguares

Australia[edit]

On 29 July 2016, Michael Cheika named a 36-man training squad for the 2016 Rugby Championship.[42]

On 5 August, Cheika named the final 33-man squad for the Championship, with Nick Frisby, Luke Morahan and Toby Smith missing out on the final squad.[43]

1 On 4 September, Rory Arnold, Kyle Godwin, Luke Morahan, Sefanaia Naivalu and Henry Speight were called up to the squad as injury replacements and cover for Adam Ashley-Cooper (returned to France), Matt Giteau and Rob Horne (ruled out for remainder of Championship) and Ben McCalman and Matt Toomua (still recovering from injury sustained in Round 1).[44]

2 On 11 September, Toby Smith was called up to the squad as injury cover for Allan Alaalatoa, who was ruled out of Round 4 after sustaining an injury against South Africa in Round 3.[45]

3 On 21 September, Nick Frisby and Tolu Latu was called up to the squad for the final two rounds, with Latu replacing Tatafu Polota-Nau in the squad due to injury.[46]

4 On 3 October, Leroy Houston was called up to the squad as an injury replacement for Sean McMahon ahead of the final round of the Championship.[47]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
James Hanson Hooker (1988-09-15)15 September 1988 (aged 27) 10 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Tolu Latu 3 Hooker (1993-02-23)23 February 1993 (aged 23) 0 Australia Waratahs
Stephen Moore (c) Hooker (1983-01-20)20 January 1983 (aged 33) 105 Australia Brumbies
Tatafu Polota-Nau 3 Hooker (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 31) 64 Australia Waratahs
Allan Alaalatoa 2 Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 22) 0 Australia Brumbies
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 30) 66 Australia Waratahs
Tom Robertson Prop (1994-08-28)28 August 1994 (aged 21) 0 Australia Waratahs
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 24) 18 Australia Brumbies
James Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 27) 77 Australia Queensland Reds
Toby Smith 2 Prop (1988-10-10)10 October 1988 (aged 27) 4 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Rory Arnold 1 Lock (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 26) 2 Australia Brumbies
Adam Coleman Lock (1991-10-07)7 October 1991 (aged 24) 1 Australia Western Force
Kane Douglas Lock (1989-06-01)1 June 1989 (aged 27) 23 Australia Queensland Reds
Dean Mumm Lock (1984-03-05)5 March 1984 (aged 32) 46 Australia Waratahs
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 27) 62 Australia Queensland Reds
Will Skelton Lock (1992-05-03)3 May 1992 (aged 24) 15 Australia Waratahs
Scott Fardy Flanker (1984-07-05)5 July 1984 (aged 32) 33 Australia Brumbies
Michael Hooper Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 24) 54 Australia Waratahs
Sean McMahon Flanker (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 22) 9 Australia Melbourne Rebels
David Pocock Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 28) 56 Australia Brumbies
Lopeti Timani Flanker (1990-09-28)28 September 1990 (aged 25) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Leroy Houston 4 Number 8 (1986-11-10)10 November 1986 (aged 29) 0 Australia Queensland Reds
Ben McCalman 1 Number 8 (1988-03-18)18 March 1988 (aged 28) 48 Australia Western Force
Nick Frisby 3 Scrum-half (1992-10-29)29 October 1992 (aged 23) 2 Australia Queensland Reds
Will Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 28) 66 France Stade Français
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 27) 42 Australia Waratahs
Quade Cooper Fly-half (1988-04-05)5 April 1988 (aged 28) 58 Unattached
Bernard Foley Fly-half (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 (aged 26) 30 Australia Waratahs
Matt Giteau 1 Centre (1982-09-29)29 September 1982 (aged 33) 102 France Toulon
Kyle Godwin 1 Centre (1992-07-30)30 July 1992 (aged 24) 0 Australia Western Force
Samu Kerevi Centre (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 22) 2 Australia Queensland Reds
Tevita Kuridrani Centre (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 25) 34 Australia Brumbies
Matt Toomua 1 Centre (1990-01-02)2 January 1990 (aged 26) 32 Australia Brumbies
Adam Ashley-Cooper 1 Wing (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 32) 114 France Bordeaux Bègles
Dane Haylett-Petty Wing (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 (aged 27) 3 Australia Western Force
Rob Horne 1 Wing (1989-08-15)15 August 1989 (aged 27) 32 Australia Waratahs
Drew Mitchell Wing (1984-03-26)26 March 1984 (aged 32) 70 France Toulon
Luke Morahan 1 Wing (1990-04-13)13 April 1990 (aged 26) 2 Australia Western Force
Sefanaia Naivalu 1 Wing (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 (aged 24) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Henry Speight 1 Wing (1988-03-24)24 March 1988 (aged 28) 5 Australia Brumbies
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 27) 41 Australia Waratahs
Reece Hodge Fullback (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 21) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels

New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand's 32-man squad for the Championship was announced on 1 August 2016.[48]

1 On 11 August, Anton Lienert-Brown was called up to replace Sonny Bill Williams who was injured during the 2016 Summer Olympics rugby sevens tournament.[49]

2 On 14 August, Kane Hames and Matt Todd were added to the squad for the first match of the Championship as injury cover for Joe Moody and Sam Cane.[50]

3 On 22 August, Liam Coltman, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie, James Parsons and Seta Tamanivalu were called up to the squad as injury cover for Ryan Crotty, Nathan Harris, George Moala, Waisake Naholo and Codie Taylor.[51]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Dane Coles Hooker (1986-12-10)10 December 1986 (aged 29) 39 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Coltman 3 Hooker (1990-01-25)25 January 1990 (aged 26) 0 Highlanders / Otago
Nathan Harris 3 Hooker (1992-03-08)8 March 1992 (aged 24) 4 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
James Parsons 3 Hooker (1986-11-27)27 November 1986 (aged 29) 1 Blues / North Harbour
Codie Taylor 3 Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 25) 5 Crusaders / Canterbury
Wyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24)24 January 1983 (aged 33) 48 Crusaders / Canterbury
Charlie Faumuina Prop (1986-12-24)24 December 1986 (aged 29) 36 Blues / Auckland
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 28) 80 Crusaders / Canterbury
Kane Hames 2 Prop (1988-08-28)28 August 1988 (aged 27) 0 Chiefs / Tasman
Joe Moody 2 Prop (1988-09-18)18 September 1988 (aged 27) 14 Crusaders / Canterbury
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 24) 1 Blues / Auckland
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 25) 50 Chiefs / Hawke's Bay
Luke Romano Lock (1986-02-16)16 February 1986 (aged 30) 24 Crusaders / Canterbury
Patrick Tuipulotu Lock (1993-01-23)23 January 1993 (aged 23) 9 Blues / Auckland
Sam Whitelock Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 27) 75 Crusaders / Canterbury
Sam Cane 2 Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 24) 34 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Jerome Kaino Flanker (1983-04-06)6 April 1983 (aged 33) 69 Blues / Auckland
Ardie Savea Flanker (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 22) 2 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Squire Flanker (1991-03-20)20 March 1991 (aged 25) 1 Highlanders / Tasman
Matt Todd 2 Flanker (1988-03-24)24 March 1988 (aged 28) 3 Crusaders / Canterbury
Elliot Dixon Number 8 (1989-09-04)4 September 1989 (aged 26) 1 Highlanders / Southland
Kieran Read (c) Number 8 (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (aged 30) 87 Crusaders / Canterbury
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Half-back (1990-08-15)15 August 1990 (aged 26) 21 Chiefs / Waikato
TJ Perenara Half-back (1992-01-23)23 January 1992 (aged 24) 19 Hurricanes / Wellington
Aaron Smith Half-back (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 27) 50 Highlanders / Manawatu
Beauden Barrett First five-eighth (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 25) 39 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Aaron Cruden First five-eighth (1989-01-08)8 January 1989 (aged 27) 39 Chiefs / Manawatu
Lima Sopoaga First five-eighth (1991-02-03)3 February 1991 (aged 25) 2 Highlanders / Southland
Ryan Crotty 3 Centre (1988-09-23)23 September 1988 (aged 27) 18 Crusaders / Canterbury
Malakai Fekitoa Centre (1992-05-10)10 May 1992 (aged 24) 15 Highlanders / Auckland
Anton Lienert-Brown 1 Centre (1995-04-15)15 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 Chiefs / Waikato
George Moala 3 Centre (1990-11-05)5 November 1990 (aged 25) 2 Blues / Auckland
Seta Tamanivalu 3 Centre (1992-07-23)23 July 1992 (aged 24) 2 Chiefs / Taranaki
Sonny Bill Williams 1 Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 31) 33 Chiefs / Counties Manukau
Rieko Ioane 3 Wing (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 19) 0 Blues / Auckland
Waisake Naholo 3 Wing (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 25) 6 Highlanders / Taranaki
Julian Savea Wing (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 26) 43 Hurricanes / Wellington
Ben Smith Wing (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 30) 51 Highlanders / Otago
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-06-06)6 June 1988 (aged 28) 51 Crusaders / Hawke's Bay
Damian McKenzie 3 Fullback (1995-04-20)20 April 1995 (aged 21) 0 Chiefs / Waikato

South Africa[edit]

Head coach Allister Coetzee named the following 31-man training squad for the 2016 Rugby Championship on 6 August 2016:[52]

1 Trevor Nyakane was initially included pending medical clearance. However, his ankle injury ruled him out of the first two matches of the Rugby Championship and he was replaced by Lourens Adriaanse.[53]

2 On 11 September, Willem Alberts was called up to the squad as injury cover for Lood de Jager.[54]

3 On 21 September, Patrick Lambie and Willie le Roux were called up to the squad, with Lambie being called up after recovering from injury and Le Roux a tactical call up.[55]

4 On 3 October, Piet van Zyl was called up to the squad as an injury replacement for Rudy Paige for the final round of the Championship.[56]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 22) 0 South Africa Lions
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 25) 1 South Africa Stormers
Adriaan Strauss (c) Hooker (1985-11-18)18 November 1985 (aged 30) 57 South Africa Bulls
Lourens Adriaanse 1 Prop (1988-02-05)5 February 1988 (aged 28) 1 South Africa Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 24) 1 France Bordeaux
Vincent Koch Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 26) 2 South Africa Stormers
Tendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 31) 78 South Africa Sharks
Trevor Nyakane 1 Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 27) 25 South Africa Bulls
Julian Redelinghuys Prop (1989-09-11)11 September 1989 (aged 26) 5 South Africa Lions
Lood de Jager 2 Lock (1992-12-17)17 December 1992 (aged 23) 20 South Africa Cheetahs
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 24) 11 South Africa Stormers
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 24) 47 South Africa Stormers
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 25) 2 South Africa Lions
Willem Alberts 2 Flanker (1984-05-11)11 May 1984 (aged 32) 38 France Stade Français
Jaco Kriel Flanker (1989-08-21)21 August 1989 (aged 26) 1 South Africa Lions
Francois Louw Flanker (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 (aged 31) 46 England Bath
Oupa Mohojé Flanker (1990-08-03)3 August 1990 (aged 26) 8 South Africa Cheetahs
Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flanker (1993-05-28)28 May 1993 (aged 23) 0 South Africa Stormers
Duane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 30) 37 France Toulon
Warren Whiteley Number 8 (1987-09-18)18 September 1987 (aged 28) 6 South Africa Lions
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 24) 3 South Africa Lions
Francois Hougaard Scrum-half (1988-04-06)6 April 1988 (aged 28) 35 England Worcester Warriors
Rudy Paige 4 Scrum-half (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 27) 3 South Africa Bulls
Piet van Zyl 4 Scrum-half (1989-09-14)14 September 1989 (aged 26) 2 South Africa Bulls
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 26) 5 South Africa Lions
Patrick Lambie 3 Fly-half (1990-10-17)17 October 1990 (aged 25) 51 South Africa Sharks
Morné Steyn Fly-half (1984-07-11)11 July 1984 (aged 32) 61 France Stade Français
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 24) 16 South Africa Stormers
Juan de Jongh Centre (1988-04-15)15 April 1988 (aged 28) 14 South Africa Stormers
Lionel Mapoe Centre (1988-07-13)13 July 1988 (aged 28) 4 South Africa Lions
Ruan Combrinck Wing (1990-05-10)10 May 1990 (aged 26) 2 South Africa Lions
Bryan Habana Wing (1983-06-12)12 June 1983 (aged 33) 117 France Toulon
Lwazi Mvovo Wing (1986-06-03)3 June 1986 (aged 30) 17 South Africa Sharks
Johan Goosen Fullback (1992-07-27)27 July 1992 (aged 24) 6 France Racing 92
Jesse Kriel Fullback (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 22) 12 South Africa Bulls
Willie le Roux 3 Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 27) 37 Japan Canon Eagles

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

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