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The fourth game in the six game 2017 Rugby Championship (southern hemisphere) will occur this Saturday when New Zealand host South Africa, and Australia welcome Argentina.
The All Blacks have gone 8-1-1 since losing to Ireland in Chicago, which ended their record tying 18-game win streak. The loss and draw came during the tour of the British and Irish Lions. In addition to the one loss and one tie, the Kiwis experienced two narrow wins, one against France away in Paris, and two-weeks ago, against Australia when they were victorious 35-29.
Historically, New Zealand have played the Springboks 93 times, winning 55 (61%), and no other nation comes close to this percentage loss as South Africa. Both fifteens are undefeated, the All Blacks at 3-0 and South Africa at 2-0-1.
The Wallabies (0-2-1) tied South Africa at home, showing some renewed spark. For the record, Australia and Argentina have played 27 games, with the Aussies winning 21 (or 79%).
It is important to remember, that these four, southern hemisphere countries participated in the semi-final round of the 2015 Men’s World Cup in England, a shut out of all other nations.
New Zealand vs. South Africa at Marist, North Harbor Stadium, Albany (25,000 capacity)
Australia vs. Argentina at GIO Stadium, Canberra (28,700 capacity)