The rugby championship is scheduled for one more year, and the 2022 championship was the most fierce, with each country suffering at least two defeats.

But it was New Zealand that came out of a 2-2 overall record ahead of the final two rounds of the tournament to win the trophy for the second year in a row, and a third if you turn on the truncated 2020 Tri Nations.

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South Africa finished second, one point behind in the rankings, while Australia and Argentina finished third and fourth respectively after finishing their campaigns with consecutive defeats.

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Read on as we take a look at each team’s campaign, their progression to the World Cup, and what lies ahead for them in this year’s November test series in the northern hemisphere.

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NEW ZEALAND: FIRST

GRADE: B

It’s been a strange year for New Zealand rugby and the All Blacks, but two of their most cherished trophies – aside from the World Cup – are back in office, and it looks like brighter days lie ahead. Losing the home series to Ireland is no doubt a shame, but at the close of the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks machine proved to be not used up, although it still needs to be worked on before it arrives in France next year.

Of course, the first weeks of the tournament were rusty, which brought losses to South Africa and Argentina. A victory over the Springboks in Johannesburg apparently saved Ian Foster, despite helpers Brad Moire and John being thrown overboard later. Plum. Introducing Joe Schmidt as more hands-on didn’t pay immediate dividends, but there was enough in the final wins against Australia to suggest that what was a confused attack is now heading in the right direction – Will Jordan’s attempt at Oakland. illustrative example.

New Zealand also benefited from a good run from injury until at least the last game of the tournament, while Brody Retallic’s timely return from injury helped ease the load on the outstanding Ardie Savea. They were also the beneficiaries of one of the biggest challenges in rugby history.

Tournament player: Samisoni Taukeyaho

While Savea continued to play to his usual high standards, it was the arrival of prostitute Chiefs Taukei’aho that caught the eye. So long blessed with the dynamic running games of Dane Cowles and then Cody Taylor, the All Blacks found another player made from the same fabric in Taukei’aho.

The 25-year-old rake led the tournament in attempts scored. [5] and while some of them came through his position at the end of the All Blacks Mall, the sight of Taukei’aho roaming through the clean air in Melbourne was something to behold. He will only get better before the World Cup.

REMAINING TESTS: Japan, Wales, Scotland, England

With the consistent testing at last, the All Blacks will travel first to Japan and then to the UK with a lot of confidence that was lacking just a few weeks ago.

One of the most intriguing aspects of their tour will be whether Jordie Barrett will stay in 12th place after a great performance in Oakland or return to his usual guard position. The midfield position finally appears to be settled and Richie Mounga is set for a series of starts in that role, but the other key New Zealand rugby debate that revolves around Sam Kane and the captaincy just won’t let up.

Expect Foster to give a shot to some of his wider squad members in Japan before tougher trials against Scotland, Wales and England follow. The first clash with the Eddie Jones team since the 2019 World Cup offers a thrilling conclusion to the 2022 All Blacks roller coaster.

SOUTH AFRICA: Second

GRADE: B-

The Springboks will mourn a poor final series against the All Blacks in Joburg and then a largely sluggish game against the Wallabies in Adelaide after leaving too much to themselves on the final day of the tournament. However, Jacques Nienaber’s team finished with the same 4-2 record as the All Blacks and finally ended a losing streak in Australia that started back in 2013 when they comprehensively beat the Wallabies in Sydney.

South Africa were well served right across the paddock with the likes of Malcolm Marks, Eben Etzebeth, Jasper Wiese, Damian de Allende and Macazol Mapimpi all consistent throughout the tournament, led as usual by Sia Kolisi.

But there was uncertainty in the halves, where form, injuries and concussion led to four different combinations in six tests; The Elton Junjis incident also became an unwanted distraction. However, an injury to Moore Pollard opened up an opportunity for Damian Willemse, who was the driving force behind the Sydney drought victory.

The world also saw the new breed of Springboks wingers, with both Kurt-Lee Arendse and Kanan Moody garnering attention, with the latter in particular looking very much like the player Jake White had predicted would play the 100 Tests for South Africa.

Star Performer: Malcolm Marks

As mentioned earlier, Bokov served a number of stable performers well, but it was Marks who really highlighted his world-class abilities during the Rugby Championship.

As dynamic as ever at the breakout moment, the hooker’s stock setup was solid as well, and his 80-minute drive reflected beautifully in the Buenos Aires bonus points attempt. While the Boks failed to defeat the All Blacks on the final day, it was Marx’s desperate behavior the week before that gave them at least a chance to do so.

Remaining tests: Ireland, France, Italy, England

With a 6-3 record for the year, the Springboks will face three crucibles in Europe in November. But they are well positioned to fight each of those teams, with a clash with Ireland ahead of their showdown at the World Cup in Paris next year.

What Ninaber decides to do as No. 10 is potentially the most intriguing: Pollard, in his absence, contacted English champions Leicester and Willems before suffering a concussion himself. Pollard has already piloted the Boks to back-to-back World Championships, including winning in 2019; but Willems will be the subject of serious consideration and should get a chance to compete in Europe.

AUSTRALIA: Thirdly

GRADE: FROM-

The Wallabies may well be the most disappointing side in world rugby. Clearly they have the ability to play rugby, making them a World Cup threat; their #1 problem, however, is that they can’t do it consistently. This year’s Rugby Championship was a perfect example of this, as the Wallabies were excellent one week and then very poor the next; this practically happened in every one of the two-week blocks of the tournament.

Of course, Dave Rennie’s band has been hit hard by injuries. The loss of Samu Kerevi prior to the start of the tournament was exacerbated by Quaid Cooper’s injury at the end of the season and the departure of Michael Hooper due to mental health issues. This was followed by concussions for Hunter Paisami and Noah Lolesio, while Taniela Tupou also suffered a calf injury. This all comes after the Wallabies have already seen scores of players heading to the casualty ward in a 2-1 losing streak to England.

As a result, the picture remains half as hazy as ever. Cooper’s torn Achilles saw Bernard Foley pulled back after Lolecio suffered a concussion and the young Brumby 10s fell by the wayside just when it was revealed Rennie was willing to give him some “continuity” in the role. However, there were some silver linings in the wallaby injury streak, with Pete Samu, Fraser McRaith and Lalakai Fokety each impressing when given the opportunity to start, the last, unfortunately, the last wallaby to fall under the team’s injury curse.

Star Performer: Rob Valetini

While Marika Koroibete made headlines early in the tournament and Pete Samu finished with a bang, it was Valetini’s consistent work rate that made him Australia’s Rugby Championship MVP.

Valetini led every test, throwing himself into the defensive lines time and time again, which is proven by his status as he finished the tournament with the most meters made. [362] any attacker in the competition and placed third [58] behind only Pablo Matera [60] and Ardy Savea [60] for the total number of transfers.

Remaining tests: Scotland, France, Italy, Ireland, Wales

In October and November, the Wallabies are looking forward to a five-Test tour, with matches against Scotland and Wales thrown in in search of exposure and clarity as Rennie struggles with the makeup of his best XV. Only Rob Valetini and Marika Koroibete appear to have taken the starting positions for the World Cup, with the Fijian winger not heading north next month but returning to Japanese champions Panasonic Wild Knights instead.

The Foleys are set to tour, but Lolecio will likely return to the number 10 jersey if he’s fit; remaining in the paddock and a smaller youth, the chief is concerned about whether he can truly become a test-quality playmaker. Hooper is also expected to return, but he will be lacking in game form and it is likely that a cautious return from the bench is looming.

Elsewhere, Rennie has the opportunity to really learn a thing or two about each of Suliasi Vuniwalu and France-based Will Skelton, who only saw sparing minutes at the same stage last year. Vuniwalu will tour Japan with the Australia A team along with a slew of other wallabies, while Skelton will likely come in and add depth to the tricky blocking position.

At 3-6 this season, Rennie really could have won some wins. Although Australian rugby chairman Hamish McLennan recently backed Rennie for the World Cup, losses are indeed starting to mount. However, this tour is not an appetizer and the Wallabies can go 1-4 very easily.

ARGENTINA: Fourth

Grade: FROM

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