2018 Rugby Championship

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Date18 August 2018 – 6 October 2018
Countries Argentina
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (6th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Puma Trophy Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Tries scored88 (7.33 per match)
Attendance433,657 (36,138 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Nicolás Sánchez (67)
Most triesNew Zealand Beauden Barrett (5)
South Africa Aphiwe Dyantyi (5)
New Zealand Rieko Ioane (5)
2017
2019

The 2018 Rugby Championship was the seventh 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.

The tournament continued to use the same sequence of games across the schedule, starting on 18 August with Australia hosting reigning champions New Zealand and South Africa hosting Argentina, and ending after eight weeks (six rounds and two bye weeks) on 6 October when New Zealand visited South Africa and Australia played in Argentina.

New Zealand won the Championship for the sixth time after a 35-17 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on 29 September.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The tournament is operated by SANZAAR and known for sponsorship reasons as The Castle Rugby Championship in South Africa, The Investec Rugby Championship in New Zealand, The Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship in Australia, and The Personal Rugby Championship in Argentina.

Format[edit]

The format for the 2018 tournament retained the previous Championship format that changed in 2017. Each side played the other once at home, and once away, giving a total of six matches each, and twelve in total. A win earned a team four league points, a draw two league points, and a loss by eight or more points zero league points. A bonus point was earned in one of two ways: by scoring at least three tries more than the opponent in a match, or by losing within seven points. The competition winner was the side with the most points at the end of the tournament.[3]

Table[edit]

Place Nation Games Points[4] Try
Bonus
Losing
Bonus
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff
1  New Zealand 6 5 0 1 225 132 +93 4 1 25
2  South Africa 6 3 0 3 160 154 +6 1 2 15
3  Australia 6 2 0 4 124 176 −52 0 1 9
4  Argentina 6 2 0 4 151 198 −47 0 0 8

Fixtures[edit]

Round 1[edit]

18 August 2018
19:45 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  13–38  New Zealand
Try: Maddocks 66' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 66'
Pen: Hodge (1/1) 9'
Foley (1/1) 20'
Report Try: A. Smith 38' m
Goodhue 42' c
B. Barrett 51' c
Retallick 62' c
Naholo (2) 73' m, 74' c
Con: B. Barrett (4/6) 43', 52', 64', 76'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 66,318
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Israel Folau Substituted off 63'
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty Substituted off 53'
OC 13 Reece Hodge
IC 12 Kurtley Beale
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 73'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c) Substituted off 73'
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Adam Coleman
LL 4 Izack Rodda Substituted off 64'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu Sent to blood bin 34' to 40' Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 45'
LP 1 Tom Robertson Substituted off 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu Substituted in 45'
PR 17 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Jermaine Ainsley Substituted in 34' Substituted off 40' Substituted in 73'
LK 19 Rob Simmons Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Pete Samu Substituted in 73'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 73'
FH 22 Matt Toomua Substituted in 63'
WG 23 Jack Maddocks Substituted in 53'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Waisake Naholo
OC 13 Jack Goodhue
IC 12 Ryan Crotty Substituted off 12'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane Substituted off 46'
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 69'
BF 6 Liam Squire Substituted off 58'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Tim Perry Substituted in 53'
PR 18 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted in 58'
LK 19 Scott Barrett Substituted in 58'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 69'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 67'
FH 22 Damian McKenzie Substituted in 46'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 12'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:


18 August 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  34–21  Argentina
Try: Am 7' m
Dyantyi (2) 31' m, 41' c
Mapimpi (2) 48' m, 52' m
De Klerk 69' c
Con: Pollard (2/6) 43', 70'
Report Try: Sanchez 14' c
Matera 26' c
Moroni 66' c
Con: Sanchez (3/3) 15', 28', 66'
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Makazole Mapimpi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am Substituted off 72'
IC 12 André Esterhuizen Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Siya Kolisi (c)
BF 6 Francois Louw Substituted off 59'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 57'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Thomas du Toit Substituted in 57'
LK 19 Marvin Orie
FL 20 Marco van Staden Substituted in 59'
SH 21 Embrose Papier Substituted in 73'
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe Substituted in 72'
FH 23 Damian Willemse Substituted in 62'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Bautista Ezcurra Substituted off 79'
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Pablo Matera Substituted off 50'
RL 5 Matías Alemanno Substituted off 53'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 62'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 71'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Diego Fortuny Substituted in 71'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta Substituted in 50'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano Substituted in 62'
LK 19 Tomás Lavanini Substituted in 53'
FL 20 Tomás Lezana Substituted in 50'
SH 21 Martín Landajo Substituted in 62'
CE 22 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted in 79'
FB 23 Juan Cruz Mallia
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma

Man of the Match:
Aphiwe Dyantyi (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

Round 2[edit]

25 August 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  40–12  Australia
Try: B. Barrett (4) 12' c, 37' c, 61' c, 68' m
Moody 42' c
Squire 47' c
Con: B. Barrett (5/6) 13', 38' 43', 48', 62'
Report Try: Genia 28' c
Hodge 54' m
Con: Foley (1/2) 29'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 49,983
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett Substituted off 66'
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Jack Goodhue Substituted off 62'
IC 12 Ngani Laumape
LW 11 Waisake Naholo
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 52'
BF 6 Liam Squire Substituted off 55'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 55'
LP 1 Joe Moody Substituted off 55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris Substituted in 55'
PR 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted in 55'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Scott Barrett Substituted in 55'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 52'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 62'
FH 22 Damian McKenzie Substituted in 66'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 62'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Dane Haylett-Petty Substituted off 64'
RW 14 Jack Maddocks
OC 13 Reece Hodge
IC 12 Kurtley Beale
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Bernard Foley Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 70'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c) Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Adam Coleman
LL 4 Izack Rodda Substituted off 51'
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Folau Fainga'a Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Tom Robertson Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Rob Simmons Substituted in 51'
FL 20 Pete Samu Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 70'
FH 22 Matt Toomua Substituted in 64'
FB 23 Tom Banks Substituted in 70'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:


25 August 2018
16:10 AST (UTC-03)
Argentina  32–19  South Africa
Try: Delguy (2) 18' c, 22' c
Sánchez 26' c
Moyano 45' m
Con: Sánchez (3/4) 19', 23', 27'
Pen: Sánchez (1/2) 4'
Drop: Sánchez (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Kolisi 13' c
Mapoe (2) 47' c, 64' m
Con: Pollard (2/3) 14', 48'
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Bautista Ezcurra Substituted off 79'
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano Substituted off 57'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou Substituted off 68'
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Pablo Matera Substituted off 59'
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Juan Figallo Substituted off 68'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 76'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Facundo Bosch Substituted in 76'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta Substituted in 63'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano Substituted in 68'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 71'
FL 20 Tomás Lezana Substituted in 59'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 68'
CE 22 Jerónimo de la Fuente Substituted in 57'
FB 23 Juan Cruz Mallia Substituted in 79'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Makazole Mapimpi Substituted off 11'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 André Esterhuizen Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley Substituted off 52' Substituted in 62'
OF 7 Siya Kolisi (c)
BF 6 Francois Louw
RL 5 Franco Mostert Substituted off 62'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Temporarily suspended from 24' to 34' 24' to 34' Substituted off 46'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 62'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 71'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 42'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 71'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 42'
PR 18 Wilco Louw Substituted in 62'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 52'
LK 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit Substituted in 46'
SH 21 Embrose Papier
CE 22 Lionel Mapoe Substituted in 11'
FH 23 Damian Willemse Substituted in 62'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus

Man of the Match:
Guido Petti Pagadizábal (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

  • Facundo Bosch (Argentina) made his international debut.[9]
  • This is Argentina's largest winning margin over South Africa, surpassing the 12-point difference set in 2015.

Round 3[edit]

8 September 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  46–24  Argentina
Try: Milner-Skudder 17' c
Perenara (2) 29' m, 57' c
Read 48' c
Frizell 73' c
Goodhue 79' c
Con: Mo'unga (5/6) 19', 50', 58', 73', 80'
Pen: Mo'unga (2/2) 4', 40'
Report Try: Moyano 14' c
Sánchez 41' c
Boffelli 69' c
Con: Sánchez (3/3) 15', 42', 70'
Pen: Sánchez (1/2) 55'
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Attendance: 21,440
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
FB 15 Ben Smith Substituted off 9' Substituted in 19'
RW 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
OC 13 Jack Goodhue
IC 12 Ngani Laumape Substituted off 9'
LW 11 Waisake Naholo Substituted off 58'
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 TJ Perenara Substituted off 71'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c) Substituted off 58'
OF 7 Ardie Savea
BF 6 Shannon Frizell
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 9'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 46'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris Substituted in 62'
PR 17 Tim Perry Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted in 46'
LK 19 Sam Whitelock Substituted in 9'
N8 20 Luke Whitelock Substituted in 58'
SH 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi Substituted in 71'
FH 22 Damian McKenzie Substituted in 9'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 9' Substituted off 19' Substituted in 58'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Matías Moroni Substituted off 64'
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Martín Landajo Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Tomás Lezana Substituted off 62'
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 50'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 50'
LP 1 Santiago García Botta Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 50'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Gaston Cortes Substituted in 50'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 58'
FL 20 Pablo Matera Substituted in 62'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 62'
CE 22 Bautista Ezcurra
FB 23 Juan Cruz Mallia Substituted in 64'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma

Man of the Match:
TJ Perenara (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Notes:


8 September 2018
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  23–18  South Africa
Try: Hooper 1' c
Toomua 32' c
Con: Toomua (2/2) 2', 33'
Pen: Hodge (1/1) 40'
Toomua (2/3) 54', 68'
Report Try: Mbonambi 13' c
Mapimpi 27' m
Con: Jantjies (1/2) 15'
Pen: Jantjies (2/2) 6', 38'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 27,849
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RW 14 Jack Maddocks Substituted off 61'
OC 13 Reece Hodge Substituted off 68' Substituted in 75'
IC 12 Matt Toomua
LW 11 Marika Koroibete Substituted off 75'
FH 10 Kurtley Beale
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Pete Samu
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Izack Rodda Substituted off 41' Substituted in 58' Substituted off 67'
LL 4 Rory Arnold Substituted off 58' Substituted in 67' Substituted off 76'
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted off 47'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 33' Substituted in 71'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Folau Fainga'a Substituted in 33' Substituted off 71'
PR 17 Tom Robertson Substituted in 69'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou Substituted in 47'
LK 19 Rob Simmons Substituted in 41'
FL 20 Ned Hanigan Substituted in 76'
SH 21 Joe Powell
FH 22 Bernard Foley Substituted in 61'
FB 23 Tom Banks Substituted in 68'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Makazole Mapimpi Substituted off 33'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Elton Jantjies Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley Substituted off 61'
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 60'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 57'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted off 34'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx Substituted in 34'
PR 17 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Wilco Louw Substituted in 57'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 60'
LK 20 Francois Louw Substituted in 61'
SH 21 Embrose Papier
CE 22 Handré Pollard Substituted in 64'
FB 23 Cheslin Kolbe Substituted in 33'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus

Man of the Match:
Matt Toomua (Australia)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

Round 4[edit]

15 September 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  34–36  South Africa
Try: J. Barrett 4' m
A. Smith 15' c
Ioane (2) 37' m, 51' c
Taylor 60' m
Savea 73' m
Con: B. Barrett (2/6) 17', 53'
Report Try: Dyantyi (2) 19' c, 56' m
Le Roux 24' c
Marx 31' c
Kolbe 41' c
Con: Pollard (4/5) 20', 25', 32', 42'
Pen: Pollard (1/1) 40
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 34,182
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett Substituted off 58'
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted off 58'
IC 12 Ryan Crotty
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 49'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 68'
BF 6 Liam Squire Substituted off 58'
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 47'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Liam Coltman Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Tim Perry Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted in 47'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu Substituted in 58'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 68'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 49'
CE 22 Jack Goodhue Substituted in 58'
FH 23 Damian McKenzie Substituted in 58'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Willie le Roux Temporarily suspended from 66' to 76' 66' to 76'
RW 14 Jesse Kriel
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am Substituted off 40'
IC 12 Damian de Allende Substituted off 47'
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Warren Whiteley
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c) Substituted off 65'
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 50'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff Substituted off 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted in 65'
PR 18 Wilco Louw Substituted in 64'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 50'
LK 20 Francois Louw Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Ross Cronjé
CE 22 Elton Jantjies Substituted in 47'
FB 23 Cheslin Kolbe Substituted in 40'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus

Man of the Match:
Handré Pollard (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Nic Berry (Australia)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

  • South Africa recorded their first win against New Zealand in New Zealand since their 32–29 win in 2009.

15 September 2018
20:05 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  19–23  Argentina
Try: Genia 10' c
Folau 18' c
Haylett-Petty 54' m
Con: Toomua (2/2) 11', 19'
Report Try: Sánchez 14' c
Delguy 35' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 15', 36'
Pen: Boffelli (2/2) 4', 76'
Sánchez (1/2) 47'
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Attendance: 16,019
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RW 14 Israel Folau
OC 13 Reece Hodge
IC 12 Matt Toomua Substituted off 49'
LW 11 Marika Koroibete Substituted off 69'
FH 10 Kurtley Beale
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 69'
N8 8 Pete Samu Substituted off 43'
OF 7 David Pocock (c)
BF 6 Lukhan Tui
RL 5 Izack Rodda Substituted off 58' Substituted in 67'
LL 4 Rory Arnold Substituted off 46' Substituted in 58' Substituted off 67'
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa Sent to blood bin 29' to 36' Substituted off 52'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Folau Fainga'a Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Sekope Kepu Substituted in 58'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou Substituted in 29' Substituted off 36' Substituted in 52'
LK 19 Adam Coleman Substituted in 46'
FL 20 Ned Hanigan Substituted in 43'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 69'
FH 22 Bernard Foley Substituted in 49'
WG 23 Jack Maddocks Substituted in 69'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Bautista Delguy
OC 13 Matías Moroni
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente Substituted off 74'
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano Substituted off 32'
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio
OF 7 Marcos Kremer Substituted off 67'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini Substituted off 24' Substituted in 32'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Santiago Medrano Substituted off 67'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta Substituted in 67'
PR 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss Substituted in 67'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 24' Substituted off 32' Substituted in 69'
FL 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Martín Landajo
CE 22 Bautista Ezcurra Substituted in 32'
FB 23 Juan Cruz Mallia Substituted in 74'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma

Man of the Match:
Nicolás Sánchez (Argentina)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Argentina recorded their first win against Australia in Australia since their 18–3 win in 1983.
  • This win saw Argentina achieved two wins in a single Rugby Championship for the first time.
  • With this loss (and South Africa's victory), Australia drops to a record low seventh place on the World Rugby Rankings.

Round 5[edit]

29 September 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  23–12  Australia
Try: Dyantyi 1' c
De Klerk 20' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 1', 21'
Pen: Pollard (3/3) 33', 40', 45'
Report Try: Hodge 25' m
Genia 28' c
Con: Toomua (1/2) 29'
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 André Esterhuizen
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi Temporarily suspended from 64' to 74' 64' to 74'
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe Substituted off 44'
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 76'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 62'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 69'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 42'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 69'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 42'
PR 18 Wilco Louw Substituted in 62'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 76'
FL 20 Marco van Staden Substituted in 44'
SH 21 Embrose Papier
FH 22 Elton Jantjies
FH 23 Damian Willemse
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RW 14 Israel Folau
OC 13 Reece Hodge
IC 12 Matt Toomua
LW 11 Marika Koroibete Substituted off 31'
FH 10 Kurtley Beale
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 69'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 Ned Hanigan
LL 5 Adam Coleman Substituted off 69'
RL 4 Izack Rodda Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Taniela Tupou Substituted off 49'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a Substituted off 62'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa Substituted in 62'
PR 17 Sekope Kepu Substituted in 49'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 49'
LK 19 Rory Arnold Substituted in 69'
LK 20 Rob Simmons Substituted in 69'
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 69'
FH 22 Bernard Foley Substituted in 58'
WG 23 Jack Maddocks Substituted in 31' Substituted off 58'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • Scott Sio (Australia) earned his 50th test cap.

29 September 2018
19:40 AST (UTC-03)
Argentina  17–35  New Zealand
Try: Cubelli 57' c
Boffelli 67' c
Con: Sánchez (2/2) 58', 67'
Pen: Sánchez (1/2) 5'
Report Try: Ioane (2) 7' c, 29' c
Naholo 16' c
Tuipulotu 54' c
Lienert-Brown 72' c
Con: B. Barrett (4/4) 8', 17' 31', 56'
Mo'unga (1/1) 72'
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Bautista Delguy Substituted off 33'
OC 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente
IC 12 Bautista Ezcurra Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Matías Moroni
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou Substituted off 50'
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio
OF 7 Marcos Kremer Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal Substituted off 53'
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 50'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 50'
PR 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss Substituted in 57'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano Substituted in 53'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 53'
FL 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 50'
CE 22 Matías Orlando Substituted in 62'
WG 23 Sebastián Cancelliere Substituted in 33'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma
FB 15 Ben Smith Substituted off 58'
RW 14 Waisake Naholo
OC 13 Ryan Crotty
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams Temporarily suspended from 36' to 46' 36' to 46' Substituted off 56'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 TJ Perenara Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Ardie Savea
OF 7 Sam Cane
BF 6 Shannon Frizell Substituted off 66'
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock (c) Substituted off 50'
TP 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 59'
LP 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted off 56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris Substituted in 59'
PR 17 Tim Perry Substituted in 56'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu Substituted in 50'
FL 20 Jackson Hemopo Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Aaron Smith Substituted in 66'
FH 22 Richie Mo'unga Substituted in 58'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 56'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:

Round 6[edit]

6 October 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  30–32  New Zealand
Try: Kriel 44' c
De Allende 52' c
Kolbe 59' c
Con: Pollard (3/3) 45', 53', 60'
Pen: Pollard (3/3) 4', 13', 48'
Report Try: A. Smith 54' c
Ioane 62' m
S. Barrett 76' c
Savea 79' c
Con: Mo'unga (3/4) 55', 76', 80'
Pen: B. Barrett (2/3) 26', 36'
FB 15 Willie le Roux Substituted off 66'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 Damian de Allende Substituted off 78'
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 73'
N8 8 Francois Louw Substituted off 70'
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 63'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Malcolm Marx Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Steven Kitshoff Substituted off 74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted in 74'
PR 18 Vincent Koch Substituted in 60'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 63'
FL 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe Substituted in 70'
SH 21 Embrose Papier Substituted in 73'
FH 22 Elton Jantjies Substituted in 78'
FH 23 Damian Willemse Substituted in 66'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Waisake Naholo Substituted off 51'
OC 13 Ryan Crotty
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams Substituted off 60'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 36'
BF 6 Shannon Frizell Substituted off 46'
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 46'
HK 2 Codie Taylor Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe Substituted off 46' Substituted in 70' Substituted off 78'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Tim Perry Substituted in 46' Substituted off 70' Substituted in 78'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi Substituted in 46'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu Substituted in 46'
FL 20 Ardie Savea Substituted in 36'
SH 21 TJ Perenara Substituted in 70'
FH 22 Richie Mo'unga Substituted in 51'
CE 23 Anton Lienert-Brown Substituted in 60'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen

Man of the Match:
Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Jérôme Garcès (France)
Matthew Carley (England)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:


6 October 2018
19:40 AST (UTC-03)
Argentina  34–45  Australia
Try: Matera 2' c
Boffelli 4' c
Orlando 27' c
Gonzalez Iglesias 31' c
Con: Sánchez (3/3) 3', 5', 28'
Gonzalez Iglesias (1/1) 32'
Pen: Gonzalez Iglesias (2/2) 38', 61'
Report Try: Hooper 14' c
Rodda 44' c
Folau 48' c
Haylett-Petty (2) 51' c, 66' c
Pocock 64' c
Con: Foley (6/6) 15', 45', 49', 53', 65', 67'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 75'
FB 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RW 14 Matías Moroni Substituted off 67'
OC 13 Matías Orlando
IC 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
LW 11 Ramiro Moyano
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez Substituted off 29'
SH 9 Gonzalo Bertranou Substituted off 59'
N8 8 Javier Ortega Desio Substituted off 67'
OF 7 Marcos Kremer
BF 6 Pablo Matera
RL 5 Tomás Lavanini Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Guido Petti Pagadizábal
TP 3 Ramiro Herrera Substituted off 52'
HK 2 Agustín Creevy (c) Substituted off 52'
LP 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Substituted off 67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Julián Montoya Substituted in 52'
PR 17 Santiago García Botta Substituted in 67'
PR 18 Santiago Medrano Substituted in 52'
LK 19 Matías Alemanno Substituted in 71'
FL 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón Substituted in 67'
SH 21 Tomás Cubelli Substituted in 59'
CE 22 Santiago González Iglesias Substituted in 29'
WG 23 Sebastián Cancelliere Substituted in 67'
Coach:
Argentina Mario Ledesma
FB 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RW 14 Israel Folau
OC 13 Reece Hodge
IC 12 Kurtley Beale Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 68'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 Ned Hanigan Substituted off 78'
LL 5 Adam Coleman
RL 4 Izack Rodda Substituted off 72'
TP 3 Taniela Tupou Substituted off 41'
HK 2 Folau Fainga'a Substituted off 41' Substituted in 78'
LP 1 Scott Sio Substituted off 41' Substituted in 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tolu Latu Temporarily suspended from 77' to 80' 77' to 80' Substituted in 41'
PR 17 Sekope Kepu Substituted in 41' Substituted off 73'
PR 18 Allan Alaalatoa Substituted in 41'
LK 19 Rob Simmons Substituted in 72'
N8 20 Caleb Timu
SH 21 Nick Phipps Substituted in 68'
FH 22 Matt Toomua Substituted in 75'
FB 23 Tom Banks
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika

Man of the Match:
Dane Haylett-Petty (Australia)

Touch judges:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:

Statistics[edit]

Squads[edit]

Summary[edit]

Nation Match venues Head coach Captain
Name City Capacity
 Argentina Estadio Vélez Sarsfield Buenos Aires 49,540 Argentina Mario Ledesma Agustín Creevy
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Mendoza 40,268
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena Salta 20,408
 Australia ANZ Stadium Sydney 83,500 Australia Michael Cheika Michael Hooper
David Pocock
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 52,500
Cbus Super Stadium Gold Coast 27,400
 New Zealand Eden Park Auckland 50,000 New Zealand Steve Hansen Kieran Read
Westpac Stadium Wellington 34,500
Trafalgar Park Nelson 18,000
 South Africa Jonsson Kings Park Stadium Durban 52,000 South Africa Rassie Erasmus Siya Kolisi
Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria 51,762
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 48,000

Note: Ages, caps and clubs/franchises are of 18 August 2018 – the starting date of the tournament

Argentina[edit]

On 6 August, newly appointed head coach Mario Ledesma named a 36-man squad for the Championship.[10]

1 Ahead of the traveling to South Africa for the opening match, Tomás Lezana joined the squad after recovering from injury.[11]

2 On 9 August, Juan Figallo became the first European based player to be selected for the national side since the 2015 World Cup, after a change of selection policy under Ledesma.[12]

3 On 19 August, Santiago Álvarez, Facundo Bosch and Santiago Carreras joined the ahead of the round 2 home clash against South Africa.[13]

4 On 27 August, Gaston Cortes joined the squad for the Oceania leg of the Championship in rounds 3 and 4.[14]

5 On 19 September, Ramiro Herrera, Matías Osadczuk, Lucas Paulos and Enrique Pieretto joined were added as part of the training squad ahead of the fifth round clash with New Zealand.[15]

6 On 24 September, Manuel Montero joined the squad as injury cover for Ramiro Moyano.[16]

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

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Bosch 3 Hooker (1991-08-08)8 August 1991 (aged 27) 0 France Agen
Agustín Creevy (c) Hooker (1985-03-15)15 March 1985 (aged 33) 74 Argentina Jaguares
Diego Fortuny Hooker (1991-09-27)27 September 1991 (aged 26) 0 Argentina Jaguares
Julián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29)29 October 1993 (aged 24) 44 Argentina Jaguares
Marco Ciccioli Prop (1995-11-06)6 November 1995 (aged 22) 0 Argentina CASI
Gaston Cortes 4 Prop (1985-10-06)6 October 1985 (aged 32) 4 England Leicester Tigers
Lucas Favre Prop (1996-11-20)20 November 1996 (aged 21) 0 Argentina Lomas
Juan Figallo 2 Prop (1988-03-25) 25 March 1988 (age 31) 24 England Saracens
Santiago García Botta Prop (1992-06-19)19 June 1992 (aged 26) 25 Argentina Jaguares
Ramiro Herrera 5 Prop (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 (aged 29) 37 France Stade Français
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06)6 May 1996 (aged 22) 3 Argentina Jaguares
Enrique Pieretto 5 Prop (1994-12-15)15 December 1994 (aged 23) 24 Argentina Jaguares
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-06-11)11 June 1989 (aged 29) 44 Argentina Jaguares
Mayco Vivas Prop (1998-06-02)2 June 1998 (aged 20) 0 Argentina Atlético del Rosario
Juan Pablo Zeiss Prop (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 29) 0 Argentina Los Matreros
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05)5 December 1991 (aged 26) 44 Argentina Jaguares
Ignacio Larrague Lock (1995-10-25)25 October 1995 (aged 22) 2 Argentina CASI
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22)22 January 1993 (aged 25) 41 Argentina Jaguares
Franco Molina Lock (1997-08-28)28 August 1997 (aged 20) 0 Argentina Jockey Córdoba
Guido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17)17 November 1994 (aged 23) 36 Argentina Jaguares
Lucas Paulos 5 Lock (1998-01-09)9 January 1998 (aged 20) 0 Argentina Olivos
Santiago Grondana Flanker (1998-07-25)25 July 1998 (aged 20) 0 Argentina Champagnat
Marcos Kremer Flanker (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 (aged 21) 15 Argentina Jaguares
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Flanker (1983-06-06)6 June 1983 (aged 35) 82 Argentina Jaguares
Pablo Matera Flanker (1993-07-18)18 July 1993 (aged 25) 49 Argentina Jaguares
Javier Ortega Desio Flanker (1990-06-14)14 June 1990 (aged 28) 42 Argentina Jaguares
Tomás Lezana 1 Flanker (1994-02-16)16 February 1994 (aged 24) 24 Argentina Jaguares
Rodrigo Bruni Number 8 (1993-09-03)3 September 1993 (aged 24) 0 Argentina San Luis
Gonzalo Bertranou Scrum-half (1993-12-31)31 December 1993 (aged 24) 12 Argentina Jaguares
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12)12 June 1989 (aged 29) 63 Argentina Jaguares
Martín Landajo Scrum-half (1988-06-14)14 June 1988 (aged 30) 81 Argentina Jaguares
Joaquín Díaz Bonilla Fly-half (1989-04-12)12 April 1989 (aged 29) 0 Argentina Jaguares
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26)26 October 1988 (aged 29) 65 Argentina Jaguares
Santiago Álvarez 3 Centre (1994-02-17)17 February 1994 (aged 24) 0 Argentina Jaguares
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 27) 38 Argentina Jaguares
Bautista Ezcurra Centre (1995-04-21)21 April 1995 (aged 23) 1 Argentina Jaguares
Santiago González Iglesias Centre (1988-06-16)16 June 1988 (aged 30) 41 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29)29 March 1991 (aged 27) 31 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14)14 November 1991 (aged 26) 34 Argentina Jaguares
Matías Osadczuk 5 Centre (1997-04-22)22 April 1997 (aged 21) 0 Argentina SITAS
Sebastián Cancelliere Wing (1993-09-17)17 September 1993 (aged 24) 6 Argentina Jaguares
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22)22 April 1997 (aged 21) 3 Argentina Jaguares
Manuel Montero 6 Wing (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27) 27 Argentina Pucará
Ramiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28)28 May 1990 (aged 28) 22 Argentina Jaguares
Emiliano Boffelli Fullback (1995-01-16)16 January 1995 (aged 23) 14 Argentina Jaguares
Santiago Carreras 3 Fullback (1998-03-30)30 March 1998 (aged 20) 0 Argentina Córdoba Athletic
Juan Cruz Mallia Fullback (1996-09-11)11 September 1996 (aged 21) 1 Argentina Jaguares

Australia[edit]

On 5 August, Michael Cheika named a 36-man extended squad ahead of the Championship.[17]

1 On 21 September, Jake Gordon and Angus Cottrell were added to the squad for the final two rounds of the Championship, with the latter replacing Lukhan Tui who withdrew from the squad for personal reasons.[18]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Franchise / province
Folau Fainga'a Hooker (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 23) 0 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Tolu Latu Hooker (1993-02-23)23 February 1993 (aged 25) 7 Australia Waratahs / NSW Country Eagles
Brandon Paenga-Amosa Hooker (1995-12-25)25 December 1995 (aged 22) 3 Australia Queensland Reds / Brisbane City
Tatafu Polota-Nau Hooker (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 33) 82 England Leicester Tigers
Jermaine Ainsley Prop (1995-08-08)8 August 1995 (aged 23) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Allan Alaalatoa Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 24) 22 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 32) 94 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
Tom Robertson Prop (1994-08-28)28 August 1994 (aged 23) 21 Australia Waratahs / NSW Country Eagles
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 26) 46 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Taniela Tupou Prop (1996-05-10)10 May 1996 (aged 22) 4 Australia Queensland Reds / Queensland Country
Rory Arnold Lock (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 28) 15 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Adam Coleman Lock (1991-10-07)7 October 1991 (aged 26) 23 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Izack Rodda Lock (1996-08-20)20 August 1996 (aged 21) 7 Australia Queensland Reds / Queensland Country
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 29) 85 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
Lukhan Tui Lock (1996-09-19)19 September 1996 (aged 21) 7 Australia Queensland Reds / Brisbane City
Angus Cottrell 1 Flanker (1989-11-20)20 November 1989 (aged 28) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Ned Hanigan Flanker (1995-04-11)11 April 1995 (aged 23) 13 Australia Waratahs / NSW Country Eagles
Michael Hooper (c) Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 26) 82 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
David Pocock Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 30) 69 Australia Brumbies / Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Peter Samu Flanker (1991-12-17)17 December 1991 (aged 26) 3 New Zealand Crusaders / Australia Canberra Vikings
Caleb Timu Number 8 (1994-02-22)22 February 1994 (aged 24) 2 Australia Queensland Reds / Queensland Country
Will Genia Scrum-half (1988-01-17)17 January 1988 (aged 30) 90 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Jake Gordon 1 Scrum-half (1993-07-06)6 July 1993 (aged 25) 0 Australia Waratahs / NSW Country Eagles
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 29) 64 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
Joe Powell Scrum-half (1994-04-11)11 April 1994 (aged 24) 4 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Bernard Foley Fly-half (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 (aged 28) 58 Australia Waratahs / NSW Country Eagles
Matt Toomua Fly-half (1990-01-02)2 January 1990 (aged 28) 33 England Leicester Tigers
Kurtley Beale Centre (1989-01-06)6 January 1989 (aged 29) 74 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
Reece Hodge Centre (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 23) 27 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Bill Meakes Centre (1991-02-23)23 February 1991 (aged 27) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Jordan Petaia Centre (2000-03-14)14 March 2000 (aged 18) 0 Australia Queensland Reds / Queensland Country
Curtis Rona Centre (1992-05-26)26 May 1992 (aged 26) 3 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays
Dane Haylett-Petty Wing (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 (aged 29) 21 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Western Force
Marika Koroibete Wing (1992-07-26)26 July 1992 (aged 26) 11 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Jack Maddocks Wing (1997-02-05)5 February 1997 (aged 21) 0 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Sefa Naivalu Wing (1992-01-07)7 January 1992 (aged 26) 7 Australia Melbourne Rebels / Melbourne Rising
Tom Banks Fullback (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 24) 0 Australia Brumbies / Canberra Vikings
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 29) 65 Australia Waratahs / Sydney Rays

New Zealand[edit]

On 6 August 2018, Hansen named a 33-man squad ahead of the Championship.[19]

Liam Coltman and Ngani Laumape were included in the squad as injury covers for Dane Coles and Sonny Bill Williams respectively.

1 On 16 August, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, after being named in the match-day team for the opening round, was withdrawn due to injury and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen joined the squad as a precautionary injury cover.

2 On 30 August, Angus Ta'avao joined the squad as an injury replacement for Joe Moody who was ruled out of the rest of the Championship.[20]

3 On 9 September, Patrick Tuipulotu joined the squad as an injury replacement for Brodie Retallick.

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

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Dane Coles Hooker (1986-12-10)10 December 1986 (aged 31) 56 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Coltman Hooker (1990-01-25)25 January 1990 (aged 28) 2 Highlanders / Otago
Nathan Harris Hooker (1992-03-08)8 March 1992 (aged 26) 13 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Codie Taylor Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 27) 32 Crusaders / Canterbury
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 30) 98 Crusaders / Canterbury
Joe Moody Prop (1988-09-18)18 September 1988 (aged 29) 34 Crusaders / Canterbury
Tim Perry Prop (1988-08-01)1 August 1988 (aged 30) 0 Crusaders / Tasman
Angus Ta'avao 2 Prop (1990-03-22)22 March 1990 (aged 28) 0 Chiefs / Taranaki
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 1 Prop (1990-11-19)19 November 1990 (aged 27) 1 Hurricanes / Wellington
Karl Tu’inukuafe Prop (1993-02-21)21 February 1993 (aged 25) 3 Chiefs / North Harbour
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 26) 17 Blues / Auckland
Scott Barrett Lock (1993-11-20)20 November 1993 (aged 24) 19 Crusaders / Taranaki
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 27) 68 Chiefs / Hawke's Bay
Patrick Tuipulotu 3 Lock (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 26) 16 Blues / Auckland
Sam Whitelock Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 29) 99 Crusaders / Canterbury
Sam Cane Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 26) 55 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Shannon Frizell Flanker (1994-02-11)11 February 1994 (aged 24) 1 Highlanders / Tasman
Jackson Hemopo Flanker (1993-11-14)14 November 1993 (aged 24) 1 Highlanders / Manawatu
Ardie Savea Flanker (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 24) 25 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Squire Flanker (1991-03-20)20 March 1991 (aged 27) 17 Highlanders / Tasman
Kieran Read (c) Number 8 (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (aged 32) 109 Crusaders / Counties Manukau
Luke Whitelock Number 8 (1991-01-29)29 January 1991 (aged 27) 5 Highlanders / Canterbury
TJ Perenara Half-back (1992-01-23)23 January 1992 (aged 26) 45 Hurricanes / Wellington
Aaron Smith Half-back (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 29) 74 Highlanders / Manawatu
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi Half-back (1995-03-31)31 March 1995 (aged 23) 0 Chiefs / Taranaki
Beauden Barrett First five-eighth (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 27) 64 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Damian McKenzie First five-eighth (1995-04-25)25 April 1995 (aged 23) 15 Chiefs / Waikato
Richie Mo'unga First five-eighth (1994-05-25)25 May 1994 (aged 24) 1 Crusaders / Canterbury
Ryan Crotty Centre (1988-09-23)23 September 1988 (aged 29) 37 Crusaders / Canterbury
Jack Goodhue Centre (1995-07-13)13 July 1995 (aged 23) 1 Crusaders / Northland
Ngani Laumape Centre (1993-04-22)22 April 1993 (aged 25) 6 Hurricanes / Manawatu
Anton Lienert-Brown Centre (1995-04-15)15 April 1995 (aged 23) 24 Chiefs / Waikato
Sonny Bill Williams Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 33) 47 Blues / Counties Manukau
Rieko Ioane Wing (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 21) 16 Blues / Auckland
Nehe Milner-Skudder Wing (1990-12-15)15 December 1990 (aged 27) 11 Hurricanes / Manawatu
Waisake Naholo Wing (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 27) 19 Highlanders / Taranaki
Jordie Barrett Fullback (1997-02-17)17 February 1997 (aged 21) 5 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Ben Smith Fullback (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 32) 67 Highlanders / Otago

South Africa[edit]

On 26 May 2018, head coach Rassie Erasmus named the following 35-man squad for South Africa's Rugby Championship campaign:[21]

Cyle Brink withdrew from the squad on 16 August 2018 after sustaining a knee injury in training. He was not replaced.[22]

1 On 31 August, Schalk Brits, Damian de Allende and Cheslin Kolbe were added to the squad ahead of the Australasian leg of the Championship in rounds 3 and 4.[23]

2 On 23 September, Vincent Koch, Ruhan Nel and S'busiso Nkosi were added to the squad ahead of round 5 and 6.[24]

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Schalk Brits 1 Hooker (1981-05-16)16 May 1981 (aged 37) 11 Unattached
Malcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 (aged 24) 14 South Africa Lions
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 27) 16 South Africa Stormers
Akker van der Merwe Hooker (1991-06-17)17 June 1991 (aged 27) 3 South Africa Sharks
Thomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 23) 4 South Africa Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 26) 27 South Africa Stormers
Vincent Koch 2 Prop (1990-03-13)13 March 1990 (aged 28) 9 England Saracens
Wilco Louw Prop (1994-07-20)20 July 1994 (aged 24) 7 South Africa Stormers
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 27) 19 South Africa Stormers
Tendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 33) 101 South Africa Sharks
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 25) 36 South Africa Stormers
Eben Etzebeth Lock (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 26) 67 South Africa Stormers
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 27) 21 South Africa Lions
Marvin Orie Lock (1993-02-15)15 February 1993 (aged 25) 1 South Africa Lions
RG Snyman Lock (1995-01-29)29 January 1995 (aged 23) 3 South Africa Bulls
Cyle Brink Flanker (1994-01-16)16 January 1994 (aged 24) 0 South Africa Lions
Jean-Luc du Preez Flanker (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 23) 13 South Africa Sharks
Siya Kolisi (c) Flanker (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 27) 31 South Africa Stormers
Francois Louw Flanker (1985-06-15)15 June 1985 (aged 33) 57 England Bath
Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flanker (1993-05-28)28 May 1993 (aged 25) 4 South Africa Stormers
Marco van Staden Flanker (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 22) 0 South Africa Bulls
Warren Whiteley Number 8 (1987-09-18)18 September 1987 (aged 30) 17 South Africa Lions
Ross Cronjé Scrum-half (1989-07-26)26 July 1989 (aged 29) 10 South Africa Lions
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 26) 14 England Sale Sharks
Embrose Papier Scrum-half (1997-04-25)25 April 1997 (aged 21) 2 South Africa Bulls
Ivan van Zyl Scrum-half (1995-06-30)30 June 1995 (aged 23) 3 South Africa Bulls
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 28) 26 South Africa Lions
Handré Pollard Fly-half (1994-03-11)11 March 1994 (aged 24) 29 South Africa Bulls
Damian Willemse Fly-half (1998-05-07)7 May 1998 (aged 20) 0 South Africa Stormers
Lukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28)28 November 1993 (aged 24) 3 South Africa Sharks
Damian de Allende 1 Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 26) 30 South Africa Western Province
André Esterhuizen Centre (1994-03-30)30 March 1994 (aged 24) 2 South Africa Sharks
Jesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 24) 32 South Africa Bulls
Lionel Mapoe Centre (1988-07-13)13 July 1988 (aged 30) 12 South Africa Lions
Ruhan Nel 2 Centre (1991-05-17)17 May 1991 (aged 27) 0 South Africa Western Province
Aphiwe Dyantyi Wing (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 23) 3 South Africa Lions
Makazole Mapimpi Wing (1990-07-26)26 July 1990 (aged 28) 1 South Africa Sharks
Lwazi Mvovo Wing (1986-06-03)3 June 1986 (aged 32) 17 South Africa Sharks
S'busiso Nkosi 2 Wing (1996-01-21)21 January 1996 (aged 22) 3 South Africa Sharks
Cheslin Kolbe 1 Fullback (1993-10-28)28 October 1993 (aged 24) 0 France Toulouse
Willie le Roux Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 29) 44 England Wasps

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