Wallabies and All Blacks face difficult draw
January 17, 2013
Robbie Deans and the Wallabies face a tough 2013 Rugby Championship draw after the Lions series. © PA Photos
The Wallabies will open the Rugby Championship with back-to-back games against New Zealand.
After playing three Tests against the British and Irish Lions, the Wallabies begin their quest to regain the Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, August 17.
The teams then play each other a week at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The Wallabies will then host matches on consecutive weekends, against South Africa in Brisbane and Argentina in Perth, before finishing with away clashes in Cape Town and Rosario.
Australia finished second in the inaugural four-nation Rugby Championship, 14 points behind the All Blacks.
The trans-Tasman rivals will contest a third Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin during October.
The Wallabies, who hosted two of the three Bledisloe Tests in 2012, last won the trophy in 2002.
Wallabies' Rugby Championship draw:
Saturday, August 17: v New Zealand, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Saturday, August 24: v New Zealand, Westpac Stadium, Wellington Saturday, September 7: v South Africa, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Saturday, September 14: v Argentina, Patersons Stadium, Perth Saturday, September 28: v South Africa, Newlands, Cape Town Saturday, October 5: v Argentina, Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
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