Saturday January 28, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The young Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen to Sevens powerhouses Fiji and South Africa on Day One of the Wellington Sevens but finished the day on a winning note with victory over Japan.
|Australia’s Henry Hutchison evades Jasa Veremalua of Fiji to score on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lee/KLC Fotos, World Rugby
An injury to Boyd Killingworth added to the Aussie7s injury woes with Club Captain Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi all unavailable for selection due to injury.
Australia will play in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals against the fourth placed finishers in Pool C on Sunday.
Head Coach Andy Friend: “I thought Fiji was the big game we wanted to target. Going up 12-5 at half time, we had the chance to really take the opportunities to win the match. They took their chances like we knew they would and they over powered us in the end which was disappointing. Read more
Friday January 27, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Queensland Reds have named their 26-man squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, which will be the side’s first hit out in in 2017.
The squad features five capped Wallabies, 20 players with previous Super Rugby experience and six uncapped Reds squad members. The Wallabies include James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Samu Kerevi, Leroy Houston and wildcard inclusion Chris Latham – a legend of both Queensland and Australian Rugby.
Queensland Reds head coach Nick Stiles said the Reds were looking forward to finally taking the field in a match situation, after months of pre-season training. Read more
Eight Wallabies will spearhead the Brumbies’ squad selected to compete for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens title.
The 2016 Super Rugby Australian Conference winner’s side boasts nine internationally capped players and nine with more than 50 Super Rugby games under their belt.
Among the internationals named in the squad is the mercurial Tevita Kuridrani, whose four-try haul in the Wallabies’ spring tour rightly secured his star status. Read more
Experienced scrumhalf Nick Phipps has pledged his future to Australian Rugby, re-signing with the ARU and New South Wales Waratahs until the end of 2019.
The 52-Test veteran has elected to stay in Sydney for a further two years and now has a chance to push for selection in what would be his third World Cup come Japan 2019.
The 28-year old played in 13 of the Wallabies 15 Tests in 2016, sharing the number nine jersey with Will Genia. Read more
Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Melbourne Rebels forward Lopeti Timani will chase his dream of a Rugby World Cup after committing to club and country until the end of 2019.
|Lopeti Timani chasing Rugby World Cup dream.
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Rebels
The 26-year-old has accepted a two-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union and Melbourne Rebels until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Timani, one of a club record six Rebels on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour, made his international debut in 2016 after he accumulated 29 Super Rugby appearances, including six tries, since he joined the Rebels in 2014.
“Lopeti has worked hard for his opportunities this year with the Wallabies which is great recognition of his hard work and consistency over the last three years,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more
Friday January 6, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Melbourne Rebels have added international utility back Ben Volavola to its squad ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The Australian-born Fijian representative joined the Rebels on Friday after 15 Super Rugby games and 21 points with Australian rivals NSW Waratahs and leading New Zealand franchise Crusaders.
The 25-year-old playmaker kicked off his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs in 2013 before he crossed the Tasman to join the Crusaders in 2016 to help fill the void at number 10 with the departure of Dan Carter to Europe. Read more
Monday December 19, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season with two trial matches against the Western Force and Queensland Reds, fixtured around the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
The Rebels kick off their pre-season campaign against the Force at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament before completing their trials against the Reds at Ballymore Stadium.
The two traditional trial matches will bookend the inaugural Tens tournament, which will feature 14 teams from around the world, including the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, along with the Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France), Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan) and Tonga. Read more
Thursday December 15, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies will visit Japan next November to take on the Cherry Blossoms, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced today.
The November 4 fixture will be the first Test match played on Japanese soil between the two nations, who have met on four previous occasions dating back to 1975.
ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “This Test match will be an historic occasion as the Wallabies play their first Test match against Japan on Japanese soil, less than two years before Japan hosts its first ever Rugby World Cup in 2019. Read more
Sunday December 11, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team have had a disappointing day at the Cape Town Sevens, losing to Argentina in the Challenge Trophy Semi Final on day two.
|Australia’s Jesse Parahi takes on the USA defence at the Cape Town World Sevens Series tournament.
Photo courtesy of Christiaan Kotze/SASPA, World Rugby
Australia started the day with a strong victory of Rugby minnow, Uganda (42-12) but the injury affected Australian side didn’t apply critical pressure on Argentina when they had the advantage, which allowed the South Americans to come back in the match.
Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “We are very disappointed with the whole weekend.
“We made too many simple errors in our game against Argentina. When we should be showing composure, we’re not. We are not working together as a unit at the moment which is disappointing. Read more
Wednesday December 7, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Perth Stadium will play host to the state’s first ever Bledisloe Cup match when the Wallabies and New Zealand clash at the new 60,000-capacity Western Australian venue in 2019.
The 2019 Rugby Championship fixture will be the only Bledisloe Cup Test played in Australia that year before the two countries embark on their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan.
ARU CEO, Bill Pulver said: “We are very proud to be bringing Western Australia its first ever Bledisloe Cup Test and are very grateful for the support of the WA Government, through Tourism Western Australia, which has enabled us to make this historic match a reality. Read more