The Rugby Championship competition is organized by SANZAR, a consortium formed by the rugby governing bodies of Australia's ARU, New Zealand's NZRFU and South Africa's SARFU.
Previously called the Tri Nations (without Argentina), the first tournament was contested in 1996 and was won by the All Blacks. Since the inception of the Tri Nations series the games played between Australia and New Zealand also determine the winner of the Bledisloe Cup each year. New Zealand
The Rugby Championship tournament opens after the completion of the Super 15 competition for the year because players from the SANZAR countries are involved in both.
The winner of the Tri Nations is determined by a points system:
- 4 points for a win
- 2 points for a draw
- 0 points for a loss
- By scoring four or more tries in the match, regardless of the final result of the match.
- By losing by seven points (a converted try) or fewer.
A losing team may collect from 0 to 2 points. At the end of the series the team with the most points is declared the winner. If teams end level on points the first tiebreaker is point differential, followed by number of tries during the series. However, the Tri Nations has yet to finish in a tie for the top spot.
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