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Wallabies and Pumas to play Rugby Championship game in the wrong hemisphere

Australia have a seriously tough travel schedule ahead of them.

THIS OCTOBER, TWICKENHAM will host the first Rugby Championship (formerly Tri Nations) match to be played in the northern hemisphere.

Argentina will give up a home fixture to take on Australia in the final match of the tournament in London on 8 October.

Australia and New Zealand have previously met in the northern hemisphere with trips to Hong Kong and Japan in recent years, but the games had no bearing on the Rugby Championship table.

The fixture will form part of a tough autumn travel schedule for Michael Cheika’s side. The World Cup runners-up will take on South Africa in Pretoria on 1 October and the stop in London will come before an end of year Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on 22 October. After that, they will return to Britain again to begin their November schedule against Wales in Cardiff.

“Playing again at Twickenham, which is one of the main stages of rugby in the world, is fantastic for the UAR,” says UAR president Carlos Araujo.

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The sides met in the venue at the semi-final stage of last year’s World Cup, a match which Australia won 15 – 29 thanks to an Adam Ashley-Cooper hat-trick.

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