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Rugby Championship on Sky Sports: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina gear up for Rugby World Cup
Watch every Test from the 2023 Rugby Championship live on Sky Sports; opening matches take place on Saturday with South Africa vs Australia (3.55pm) and Argentina vs New Zealand (8pm); we look at each camp's key player, championship record, head coach thoughts, squads
We look ahead to the start of the 2023 Rugby Championship, live on Sky Sports, as New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina clash this month...
In a reduced three-week format ahead of the Rugby World Cup starting in France at the start of September, this year's championship is a sprint rather than a marathon.
The last two reduced formats of the Rugby Championship have seen New Zealand fail to claim the title in 2019 and 2015. In fact, they are the only two years since Argentina joined the tournament in 2012 - transforming the Tri-Nations to the Rugby Championship - in which the All Blacks have not lifted the trophy.
The Wallabies won in 2015, while the Springboks did so in 2019. Might lightning strike a third time? There's a trophy at stake, and winning it would mark the ideal preparation for the World Cup.
Below, we take a look at each camp ahead of kick-off in the southern hemisphere this Saturday...
Four debutants named to play South Africa in TRC opener
22-year-old Tom Hooper has been selected at blindside flanker for his first appearance in Wallaby gold, joining co-captain Michael Hooper and Rob Valetini in the backrow, the latter playing his first ever Test in South Africa.
The youngest player in the squad at 21, Zane Nonggorr has been named as the replacement tighthead prop with Taniela Tupou requiring more minutes at training before making his return to the playing arena.
French Top 14 champion, Richie Arnold is another in line for his first Test cap at Loftus Versfeld Stadium as the finishing lock, while Melbourne Rebels playmaker Carter Gordon is the final potential debutant, remarkably sharing the exact same birthday as Tom Hooper.
An experienced front row sees co-captain James Slipper line up for his 128th appearance in Wallaby gold alongside Waratahs hooker David Porecki and Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa at tighthead prop.
The second-row pairing of Nick Frost and Will Skelton both start in their first Tests in South Africa, the side having last visited the Rainbow Nation in 2019.
Nic White will start at scrumhalf, reigniting his halves pairing with Quade Cooper who has fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles. Cooper lining up in South Africa for the first time since 2013.
Reece Hodge will start at inside centre, combining in the midfield with Len Ikitau who will wear the number 13 jersey for the 12th consecutive Test.
Reds flyer Suliasi Vunivalu has earned his first start for Australia on the right wing, with 2022 John Eales Medallist Marika Koroibete on the left edge. Tom Wright rounds out the run-on side at fullback.
Melbourne duo Jordan Uelese and Matt Gibbon join Nonggorr as the finishing front row, with Pete Samu set to cover the backrow.
Queensland captain Tate McDermott will provide energy as the replacement scrumhalf, with Samu Kerevi set to feature for the Wallabies for the first time since last year’s England Series on home soil.
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: "As a squad, the players have worked extremely hard since coming together as a group and we’ve prepared well this week.”
“The 23 players selected have an opportunity to be part of history with a win over South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday night.”
The Wallabies’ first Test of The eToro Rugby Championship will be broadcast ad-free, live and on-demand with extended coverage on Stan Sport.
Wallabies team to play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria on Saturday 8 July, 5:05pm GMT/1:05am AEST (Sunday)