Tri-Nations Rugby
The Southern Hemisphere's International Rugby Competition

The Tri-Nations rugby competition was a rugby series played by the international rugby teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The competition started in 1996.

In 2012, Argentina joined the competition and it is now called The Rugby Championship.





2011 Tri-Nations Cup

Due to the Rugby World Cup being held in New Zealand during September and October 2011, the Tri-Nations Cup was shortened so that each team played the other teams twice. Previously they had played each other 3 times.


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Australia 4 3 1 92 79 1 13
New Zealand 4 2 2 95 64 2 10
South Africa 4 1 3 54 98 1 5

 Match Results

July 23

July 30

August 6

August 13

August 20

August 27

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v


South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

Sydney

Wellington

Auckland

Durban

Port Elizabeth

Brisbane

39

40

30

9

18

25

20

7

14

14

5

20




2010 Tri-Nations Cup


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 6 6 0 184 111 3 27
Australia 6 2 4 162 188 3 11
South Africa 6 1 5 147 194 3 7

Match Results

July 10

July 17

July 24

July 31

August 7

August 21

August 28

September 4

September 11

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

Auckland

Wellington

Brisbane

Melbourne

Christchurch

Johannesburg

Pretoria

Bloemfontein

Sydney

32

31

30

28

20

22

44

39

22

12

17

13

49

10

29

31

41

23



2009 Tri-Nations Cup


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
South Africa 6 5 1 158 130 1 21
New Zealand 6 3 3 141 131 1 13
Australia 6 1 5 103 141 3 7

Match Results

July 18

July 25

August 1

August 8

August 22

August 29

September 5

September 12

September 19

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Auckland

Bloemfontein

Durban

Cape Town

Sydney

Perth

Brisbane

Hamilton

Wellington

22

28

31

29

18

25

21

29

33

16

19

19

17

19

32

6

32

6



2008 Tri-Nations Cup


In the 2008 Tri-Nations rugby competition, SANZAR approved the use of the ELVs (Experimental Law Variations) that were trialled for a 1 year period around the world. These were introduced by the IRB and were intended to speed up the game, make it easier to referee the game, easier to understand and reduce stoppage time. Of the 13 variations trialled, 10 were implemented into Rugby Law in 2009.


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 6 4 2 152 106 3 19
Australia 6 3 3 119 163 2 14
South Africa 6 2 4 115 117 2 10

Match Results

July 5

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 16

August 23

August 30

September 13

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

Wellington

Dunedin

Perth

Sydney

Auckland

Cape Town

Durban

Johannesburg

Brisbane

19

28

16

34

39

0

15

53

24

8

30

9

19

10

19

27

8

28



2007 Tri-Nations Cup

Due to the Rugby World Cup being played in 2007, the competition was started earlier than usual and  the teams only played each other twice.


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 3 1 100 59 1 13
Australia 4 2 2 76 80 1 9
South Africa 4 1 3 66 103 1 5

June 16

June 23

June 30

July 7

July 14

July 21

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Cape Town

Durban

Melbourne

Sydney

Christchurch

Auckland

22

21

20

25

33

26

19

26

15

17

6

12



2006 Tri-Nations Cup

In 2006, the Tri-Nations was extended so that each team played the other teams 3 times.


Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 6 5 1 179 112 3 23
Australia 6 2 4 133 121 3 11
South Africa 6 2 4 106 185 1 9

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

August 5

August 19

August 26

September 2

September 9

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

South Africa

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Christchurch

Brisbane

Wellington

Brisbane

Sydney

Auckland

Pretoria

Rustenburg

Johannesburg

32

49

35

9

20

34

26

21

24

12

0

17

13

18

27

45

20

16



2005 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 3 1 111 86 3 15
South Africa 4 3 1 93 82 1 13
Australia 4 0 4 72 108 3 3

July 30

August 6

August 13

August 20

August 27

September 3

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Pretoria

Cape Town

Sydney

Perth

Dunedin

Auckland

22

22

13

19

31

34

16

16

30

22

27

24



2004 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
South Africa 4 2 2 110 98 3 11
Australia 4 2 2 79 83 2 10
New Zealand 4 2 2 83 91 1 9

July 17

July 24

July 31

August 7

August 14

August 21

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Wellington

Christchurch

Perth

Sydney

Johannesburg

Durban

16

23

30

23

40

23

7

21

26

18

26

19



2003 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 4 0 142 65 2 18
Australia 4 1 3 89 106 2 6
South Africa 4 1 3 62 122 0 4

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9

August 16

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Cape Town

Pretoria

Sydney

Brisbane

Dunedin

Auckland

26

16

21

29

19

21

22

52

50

9

11

17



2002 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 3 1 97 65 3 15
Australia 4 2 2 91 86 3 11
South Africa 4 1 3 103 140 3 7

July 13

July 20

July 27

August 3

August 10

August 17

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Australia

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Christchurch

Wellington

Brisbane

Sydney

Durban

Johannesburg

12

41

38

16

23

33

6

20

27

14

30

31



2001 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Australia  4 2 1 1 81 75 1 11
New Zealand 4 2 2 79 70 1 9
South Africa 4 1 2 1 52 67 0 6

July 21

July 28

August 11

August 18

August 25

September 1

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v


New Zealand

Australia

Australia

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

Cape Town

Pretoria

Dunedin

Perth

Auckland

Sydney

3

20

15

14

26

29

12

15

23

14

15

26



2000 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Australia  4 3 1
104 86 2 14
New Zealand 4 2 2 127 117 4 12
South Africa 4 1 3
82 110 2 6

July 15

July 22

July 29

August 5

August 19

August 26

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia

Sydney

Christchurch

Sydney

Wellington

Johannesburg

Durban

35

25

26

23

46

18

39

12

6

24

40

19

NB: the first match of the competition, in Sydney, between Australia and New Zealand, set a new world record for crowd attendance at a rugby union match - 109,874.



1999 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand  4 3 1
103 61 0 12
Australia 4 2 2 84 57 2 10
South Africa 4 1 3
34 103 0 4

July 10

July 17

July 24

August 7

August 14

August 28

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

v

v

v

v

v

v


South Africa

South Africa

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Dunedin

Brisbane

Auckland

Pretoria

Cape Town

Sydney

20

32

34

18

10

28

0

6

15

34

9

7



1998 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
South Africa 4 4 0
80 54 1 17
Australia 4 2 2 79 82 2 10
New Zealand 4 0 4
65 88 2 2

July 11

July 18

July 25

August 1

August 15

August 22

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v


New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

Melbourne

Perth

Wellington

Christchurch

Durban

Johannesburg

24

13

3

23

24

29

16

14

13

27

23

15



1997 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 4 0
159 109 2 18
South Africa 4 1 3 148 144 3 7
Australia 4 1 3
96 150 2 6

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9

August 16

August 23

South Africa

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v


New Zealand

New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

Australia

Australia

Johannesburg

Melbourne

Brisbane

Auckland

Dunedin

Pretoria

32

18

32

55

36

61

35

33

20

35

24

22



1996 Tri-Nations Cup

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
New Zealand 4 4 0
119 60 1 17
South Africa 4 1 3 70 84 2 6
Australia 4 1 3
71 116 2 6

July 6

July 13

July 20

July 27

August 3

August 10

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Australia

South Africa

South Africa

v

v

v

v

v

v


Australia

South Africa

South Africa

New Zealand

Australia

New Zealand

Wellington

Sydney

Christchurch

Brisbane

Bloemfontein

Cape Town

43

21

15

25

25

18

6

16

11

32

19

29