Queensland confirmed as host for remainder of The Rugby Championship

The remainder of The Rugby Championship will be played in Brisbane, Townsville and the Gold Coast and in an unlikely twist, the centenary Test between the All Blacks and Springboks will be played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the news at her daily COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday morning.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Herald the Queensland government gave Rugby Australia approval to host South Africa and Argentina in ‘managed isolation’ on Tuesday morning.

The Springboks and Pumas will arrive in Queensland on Friday.

RA and SANZAAR will announce the full schedule for the remainder of the tournament later on Tuesday.

Four double-headers will be played between Sunday, September 12 and October 2.

Four Queensland double-headers will keep The Rugby Championship in the southern hemisphere.

Four Queensland double-headers will keep The Rugby Championship in the southern hemisphere.Credit:Getty

Cbus Super Stadium, Suncorp Stadium and Queensland Country Bank Stadium will host the four matchdays.

The tournament will start on the Gold Coast, move to Brisbane, head north to Townsville and then return to the Gold Coast.

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The schedule will see the 100th Test between the All Blacks and Springboks – which New Zealand were desperate to play on neutral ground – take place at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

While the remainder of The Rugby Championship schedule has been confirmed, RA and New Zealand Rugby are still yet to sign off on a date for the final Bledisloe Cup match.

The governing bodies have agreed to play the match in Perth next weekend, but the AFL have not yet released Optus Stadium.

While neither West Coast nor Fremantle will feature in the finals, the loser of the two qualifying finals matches this weekend may want to play their home game in week two at the Perth ground.

Sam Phillips is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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