Boks kick-off against Pumas
South Africa will kick-off their Rugby Championship campaign at home to Argentina when they tackle the South Americans in Bloemfontein on August 17.
On the same day, the first Bledisloe Cup match will take place at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
The reverse fixtures will take place seven days later - with the Wallabies travelling to Wellington and the Pumas hosting the Boks to Mendoza.
That will be the first of three successive home games for the All Blacks - with Argentina taking on the World Cup winners at Waikato Stadium on September 7 before South Africa visit Eden Park.
SANZAR CEO Greg Peters said it was exciting to release the draw for The Rugby Championship as Test rugby closed out for the year.
“In 2012 we saw The Rugby Championship played for the first time, welcoming the Pumas into the fold alongside the original Tri-Nations teams, which saw the All Blacks claim inaugural success with an unbeaten charge to the title,” Peters said.
“The Rugby Championship will again feature the best teams in the world. With the recent End of Year Tests yielding 10 victories for our competing rugby nations.
"The Pumas claimed a historic win in Cardiff against Six Nations champions Wales, the Springboks went through Europe unbeaten, while the All Blacks and Wallabies won three of their four Tests.”
Peters said that the new dimension that Argentina brought to The Rugby Championship was evident with the fan response through the six rounds.
“A total of over 16 million viewers tuned into the twelve Tests of The Rugby Championship and an average of 44,000 attended the matches, which saw stadiums at 91% capacity, with the 88,739 crowd that saw the All Blacks come back from a half time deficit to defeat the Springboks 32-16 at FNB Stadium in Soweto the most attended match of the season,” Peters said.
“The first round of action, with the Wallabies playing the All Blacks in Sydney, and the Springboks hosting the Pumas in Bloemfontein, will have added spice considering the last time each of these two nations played – the result was an 18-18 and 16-16 draw respectively.
"We are also pleased to announce that the format for 2013 will be consistent with the recent season to enable Unions and fans to have certainty on which weekends matches will be played in their territories."
2013 Rugby Championship fixtures
August 17: Australia v New Zealand, ANZ Stadium, Sydney. South Africa v Argentina, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein.
August 24: New Zealand v Australia, Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza.
September 7: Australia v South Africa, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. New Zealand v Argentina, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.
September 14: Australia v Argentina, Patersons Stadium, Perth. New Zealand v South Africa, Eden Park, Auckland.
September 28: South Africa v Australia, Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Argentina v New Zealand, Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata.
October 5: South Africa v New Zealand, Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg. Argentina v Australia, Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario.