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Rugby Championship Finale - The sixth and final games of the 2018 southern hemisphere Rugby Championship conclude this Saturday. New Zealand (4-1) have already won the title on total points even if they lose to South Africa (3-2) away. That match will be played in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria.
A game with more importance is the Argentina (2-3) and Australia (1-4) match scheduled for Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, in Salta. Should Los Pumas win, they will advance ahead of the Wallabies for the first time in World Rugby standings. A loss for Australia would award them the wooden spoon, the lowest ranked team, for the first time in this four-nation competition.
America's Pacific Challenge - The third edition of this event that features six, second tier fifteens from the Pacific (Tonga and Samoa), South America (Argentina and Uruguay), and North America (USA and Canada) will start this weekend in Montevideo, Uruguay. The USA Select XV start with Tonga A. The USA squad will end with a crucial match against Argentina A, a side that has not lost a match in the past two years of this tournament.
World Cup Repechage Dates - The final slot to qualify for the Japan RWC 2019 will take place on three days in November (11, 17, and 23) when Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, and Kenya gather in Monaco. The winner to join Pool a next September.
Six Nations Sponsorship Woes - The popular Six Nations Tournament has encountered a decline in sponsor interest. The result will be significant shortfall of anticipated revenues as none of the 100 multi-national companies pitched agreed to come on board at the hefty $18.3 million sole sponsor price. Six Nations then had hoped to sign up six sponsors at $4 million each, and instead found few companies interested in that sponsorship deal. The market value for the Six Nations sponsorship declined from a $22 million a year and a half ago to $8 million today. Will this have a negative ripple effect for other, global rugby sponsorships?