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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 SANZAR Tri-Nations Rugby

SANZAR Tri-Nations
Now that the very long season of Super Rugby concluded in Brisbane, three of the best national rugby teams in the world face each other in the 2011 SANZAR Tri-Nations Rugby Championship, the biggest rugby tournament prior to the Rugby World Cup. The tournament kicks off in Sydney between Australia Wallabies and world champions South Africa Springboks on July 23, 2011. The Springboks will face the defending Tri-Nations champions New Zealand All Blacks the following weekend (July 30) in Wellington.

The matches will serve as previews of possible match-ups in the play-offs of the Rugby World Cup.

2011 Tri-Nations schedule:
Saturday, July 23 - Australia 39 v 20 South Africa, Sydney [video highlights]
Saturday, July 30 - New Zealand 40 v 7 South Africa, Wellington [video highlights]
Saturday, August 6 - New Zealand 30 v 14 Australia, Auckland [video highlights]
Saturday, August 13 - South Africa 9 v 14 Australia, Durban [video highlights]
Saturday, August 20 - South Africa 18 v 5 New Zealand, Port Elizabeth [video highlights]
Saturday, August 27 - Australia 25 v 20 New Zealand, Brisbane [video highlights]

Australia won their first Tri-Nations title in ten years after defeating New Zealand in a title-deciding match in Brisbane.

Tri-Nations Champions:

1996 - New Zealand
1997 - New Zealand
1998 - South Africa
1999 - New Zealand
2000 - Australia
2001 - Australia
2002 - New Zealand
2003 - New Zealand
2004 - South Africa
2005 - New Zealand
2006 - New Zealand
2007 - New Zealand
2008 - New Zealand
2009 - South Africa
2010 - New Zealand
2011 - Australia

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