Wallabies return to Canberra for first time in four years

Test match rugby returns to Canberra for the first time in four years, with Rugby Australia announcing the domestic schedule for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday morning.

The Wallabies will host Argentina at GIO Stadium on Oct. 2 in their final Rugby Championship clash of 2021, following a five-week national tour that includes matches in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle.

The Rugby Championship returns to its full schedule in 2021 after a truncated season in 2020 which say South Africa drop out of the series and all matches between the Wallabies, All Blacks and Pumas played out in Australia.

The series will kick off at Optus Stadium with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks on Aug. 21, before they play out a return fixture in Wellington the following weekend.

Two weeks later the Springboks face the Wallabies at the SCG in an afternoon clash on Sunday Sept. 12, it'll be the team's first overseas international since the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Both sides will then head north to Suncorp on Saturday Sept. 18 for a second afternoon game.

The Pumas and Wallabies will get a revisit McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday Sept. 25, where they played out a dramatic 15-all draw last year, before they finish off the year in Canberra.

"Rugby fans across Australia are once again in for a festival of Rugby with the 2021 Rugby Championship being played in Australia and New Zealand," RA CEO Andy Marinos said.

"This is a mouth-watering Test schedule with blockbusters in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra.

"Argentina thrilled all rugby lovers with their inspirational performances in last year's Tri Nations and we are really excited to play in Newcastle, and then in Canberra on 2 October for the last home Test of the 2021 domestic calendar. We will be looking to get a result following the battles that took place last year, which resulted in two tense draws against our Wallabies."

After the growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney caused the relocation of the first Wallabies Test match against France to Brisbane, RA will be keeping a close eye on the situation in case changes will need to be made ahead of the Rugby Championship.

"We are of course incredibly cognisant of the ever-changing landscape due to COVID-19, and that there may be restrictions on stadium capacities as well as the fixture itself," Marinos said.

"Our best intentions are to play the games as scheduled but will continue to work with our government partners and the respective health authorities in ensuring the fixtures are delivered safely for all fans, players and staff."

Wallabies' fixtures in Rugby Championship

Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 21 August at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6.00pm AWST*

New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 28 August at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5.05pm AEST*

South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12 September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3.00pm AEST

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 18 September at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3.00pm AEST

Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 25 September at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7.45pm AEST

Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday 2 October at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8pm AEST

*forms part of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup Series