New Zealand's Dan Carter remains the tournament's leading points-scorer with 554. Photo: Henry Browne/Reuters

JOHANNESBURG – With the Rugby Championship kicking off this Saturday, here is a fact-file on the southern hemisphere’s foremost rugby tournament:

Overall records 

(matches, won, drawn, lost, pts scored, pts conceded, pts difference, bonus pts, total pts, titles)

New Zealand    33  30  1  2  1136  540   +596  21 143   5
Australia           33  15  3 15   748  841     −93    8   74   1
South Africa      33 14  3 16   791  774     +17  14   76   0
Argentina          33   3  1 29   576 1096  −520    9   23   0

Record victories

Home
South Africa 73 Argentina 13 (Soweto, 2013)

Away
Argentina 15 New Zealand 54 (La Plata, 2012)


Leading scorers

Points
554: Dan Carter (NZL)
390: Morne Steyn (RSA)
328: Andrew Mehrtens (NZL)
271: Matt Burke (AUS)
266: Matt Giteau (AUS)

Tries
21: Bryan Habana (RSA)
17: Richie McCaw (NZL)
16: Christian Cullen, Ben Smith (both NZL) 
15: Joe Rokocoko (NZL) 

The All Blacks pivot Dan Carter is the top points scorer in the competition. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
All Blacks pivot Dan Carter is the top points scorer in the competition. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Attendances

Highest
88,739 (South Africa v New Zealand, 2012, Soweto)

Lowest
14,229 (Australia v Argentina, 2017, Canberra)

Agence France-Presse (AFP)