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Wallabies defeated by Scotland in tight Sydney battle

Saturday June 17, 2017 by  

Scotland has held on for a dramatic 24-19 victory over the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

Down by five points at the break, the Wallabies took the lead for the first time in the match mid-way through the second half after a try to Will Genia, however the Scots hit back through flanker Hamish Watson five minutes later and thwarted Australia’s late charge to emerge five-point winners.

Six Nations star, flyhalf Finn Russell continued his hot form for Scotland scoring a try and landing a perfect three-from-three with the boot to guide the visitors home. Read more

Heroic Hodgson hangs them up

Friday June 16, 2017 by  

Western Force club legend and inaugural player Matt Hodgson has today announced his retirement from professional rugby after 12 spectacular seasons with the Western Australian club.

Western Force Club Captain Matt Hodgson has announced he will be hanging up his boots.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The 35-year-old announced to his teammates yesterday that he would be hanging up the boots at the end of the season after 139 Super Rugby appearances in a career that has included three Nathan Sharpe Medals, four Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Awards and 11 Wallaby caps.

The hardnosed backrower started at openside flanker in the club’s inaugural match against the Brumbies in 2006 and has represented the blue jersey with distinction, bravery and unwavering commitment ever since, including four years as club captain from 2013-2016.

A favourite of the Sea of Blue, Hodgson says the decision was an emotional one but feels the time is right to hand the reigns over to the promising next generation coming through the club’s ranks. Read more

Australia U20s into Fifth Place Final after Italian victory

Wednesday June 14, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have defeated Italy 42-19 at the World Rugby U20s Championship overnight, in Tbilisi, Georgia, moving Australia into the battle to finish in Fifth.

Australia replacement Semisi Tupou looks to pass in their fifth place semi-final with Italy on day four of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship.
Photo credit: Levan Verdzeuli/World Rugby

Australia scored six tries to three in the dominant display with Australian centre Izaia Perese scoring a hat-trick against the Italians.

Australia were forced to work for their victory with Italy bringing the match to within two points at the half time break, but the Australians found their groove, to bury the match in the second half with four tries.

Australia U20s Head Coach, Simon Cron said: “I thought we played a lot better field position in the second half. We were still a bit under par in terms of our execution and I thought some of our guys were trying to offload too much in heavy contact and we gave that message at half time. Read more

Rebels sign Aussie Sevens star

Sunday June 11, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have signed Australian Sevens star Henry Hutchison for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons.

Hutchison’s contract comes off the back of a meteoric rise on the International Sevens stage which saw him awarded the 2016 World Rugby Sevens Rookie of the Year and earn Australian selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The 20-year-old has taken the Sevens circuit by storm with 52 tries – 260 points – in 91 matches since his debut at the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa in December 2015. Read more

Wallabies down Fiji in June series opener

Saturday June 10, 2017 by  

The Wallabies have started their 2017 campaign in strong fashion with a 37-14 victory over Fiji in an entertaining clash at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

The flying Fijians were at their attacking best, but a committed Wallabies side kept them at bay in the seven-try spectacle.

Wallabies fliers Israel Folau and Henry Speight both registered a try-scoring double, as the Aussies produced some brilliant attack of their own to kick of the international season in style. Read more

ARU welcomes Sevens funding boost

Friday June 9, 2017 by  

Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and AIS of the Commonwealth Government’s $122 million investment in national sporting organisations for 2017/18.

The Australian Women’s Sevens team, Gold Medallists at the Rio Olympic Games in August last year, have been bolstered by a $500k (65% increase) in funding for their program ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Total ASC support for the Women’s Sevens program will be $1.265m for the coming year. Read more

Australia U20s fall short against England

Friday June 9, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have come agonisingly close to securing a semi-finals berth, losing the match lead in the 78th minute to go down 19-20 to the reigning World U20s and Six Nations champions, England.

Sione Tuipulotu scored Australia’s only try and the kicking of Harrison Goddard kept Australia in front for the entire first half, which was dominated by the youthful Australian side.

After France beat Georgia 54-0 in their Pool, Australia needed to win to make it into the semi finals as the second seed, or draw with a bonus point to secure the coveted wildcard spot for the best runner-up in the Pools. Read more

Australia two from two at World Rugby U20s Championship

Sunday June 4, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have continued their unbeaten run in the World Rugby U20s Championship with a tough 33-26 win against Oceania rivals, Samoa U20s on Sunday night.

Australia scored four tries to ensure the bonus point win, which gives the young men in gold nine points in the battle of Pool A against England, Wales and Samoa.

Australia will face England in the final match of Pool A on Friday 9 June at 2.30am AEST, with the match to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports. Read more

Reds lose to Blues in Samoa

Friday June 2, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 34-29 to the Blues in Round 15 of Super Rugby at Apia Park, Samoa.

In humid, slippery conditions both teams struggled to hold onto the ball but still managed to combine for nine tries with the Blues outscoring the Reds five tries to four.

A slow start by the Reds saw the Blues get out to an early 12-0 lead in the first-ever Super Rugby fixture played in Samoa. Read more

Australia U20s emerges victorious in tough Welsh battle

Thursday June 1, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have defeated Wales U20s 24-17 in a tough first match of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia on Thursday morning.

The match went right down to the wire with the winning try coming in the 78th minute through Queensland Reds flier, Izaia Perese when the scores had been locked at 17-17.

The victory puts Australia in second position in Pool A on four points, behind England on five points who won their first match against Samoa 74-17. Read more