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Historic afternoons set for Wallabies June Series

Thursday November 3, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today announced the schedule for the three-match June Test Series for 2017, where the Wallabies will host Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

Each of the three Tests, to be played at Melbourne’s AAMI Park, Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, will kick off at 3pm AEST in a move to make the matches more appealing for families.

It will be the first time in Australia since the beginning of the professional era that all three matches in the mid-year Test window will be played in the afternoon. Read more

Hooper wins 2016 John Eales Medal

Thursday October 27, 2016 by  

Wallabies vice-captain and flanker Michael Hooper has claimed the 2016 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second time. Hooper’s standout season saw the 24-year-old score four tries for the Wallabies in 2016 to be named Australia’s Man of the Match in three out of the six domestic Tests.

Hooper was the clear leader of the ‘player’s player’ 3-2-1 votes tally, amassing 296 points during the designated period from the pre-World Cup USA Test on 5 September 2015 to the final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand on 22 October 2016.

Despite injuries this year, David Pocock’s incredible World Cup campaign elevated him to second position with 189 votes, finishing ahead of Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Israel Folau who rounded out the top five. Read more

Spirit win NRC Grand Final cliffhanger

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship has crowned a new champion as Perth Spirit ran out 20-16 winners over NSW Country Eagles in an enthralling contest at a chilly Scully Park in Tamworth on Saturday night.

Fuelled by a stirring defensive effort, the West Australians secured their first title in front of an enthusiastic country crowd which was hoping to see the minor premiers come away with the spoils.

Both sides got away to a strong start but it was Perth Spirit, playing in their second NRC Grand Final in three years, who looked set to claim first points when Richard Hardwick barged over in the 13th minute, only to be denied in a desperate tackle by Eagles winger Reece Robinson to prevent the backrower from grounding the ball. Read more

Wallabies denied in Auckland

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been denied in Auckland after falling 37-10 to New Zealand in a match which featured a huge momentum swing in the early stages of the second half.

Trailing by five points shortly after the break, Australia was refused a match-levelling try by the TMO when Dane Haylett-Petty was ruled to have impeded a would-be defender behind the play. From there, the All Blacks scored 22 unanswered points to streak away the win – a world record 18th Test victory in a row.

The Wallabies had an early opportunity to draw first blood but Bernard Foley pushed his penalty goal attempt wide inside the opening four minutes. Read more

Spirit secure Grand Final berth

Sunday October 16, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have booked their place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Grand Final with a 42-24 win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in Sydney this afternoon.

The Rays started strongly shooting out to a 16-0 lead within the first 10-minutes but from there it was all the Spirit as the men in black and gold scored 20 unanswered points to lead by four at the break.

Three second half tries wrapped up the result for the Spirit and secured a date with the NSW Country Eagles in Tamworth for next weekend’s decider. Read more

Rising go down to Eagles in semi-final

Saturday October 15, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising’s 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship campaign has come to an end after going down to the NSW Country Eagles 50-24 in the semi-final in Newcastle on Saturday.

Doubles from Samuel Figg, Reece Robinson and Jake Gordon helped the Eagles to a seven-try-to-three victory in warm conditions to secure a home grand final in Tamworth next weekend.

Earlier, there was no sign of the slow start that plagued the Rising when the two sides last met in the third round, when freshly capped Wallaby Sefa Naivalu got the visitors off to a flyer in the first minute. Read more

Fiji to enter NRC in 2017

Friday October 14, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union, Fiji Rugby Union and World Rugby have today announced that a Fiji-based team will enter Australia’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship competition in 2017.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama joined ARU CEO Bill Pulver at ARU headquarters in Sydney today to deliver the historic news.

The Fiji team will comprise locally-based players from Fiji’s national second XV, ‘Fiji Warriors’ and will play all of its home matches in Fiji. Read more

Rising book semi-finals with bonus point

Sunday October 9, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising have secured their spot in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship semi-finals despite going down to the Sydney Rays 38-32 at Frankston Oval on Sunday.

The Rising will contest finals for the third consecutive year when they take on minor premiers NSW Country Eagles in the semi-final after they secured a bonus point to finish outright fourth.

The Rays, who secured a home semi-final with their second place finish, were held scoreless in the second half but successfully fended off a gallant comeback from the Rising to claim a five-try to four victory. Read more

Wallabies defeat Argentina to finish second

Sunday October 9, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have defeated Argentina at Twickenham in London 33-21, finishing the 2016 Rugby Championship in second place behind New Zealand.

The match was the first time a Rugby Championship Test had been played in the Northern Hemisphere and continued Australia’s excellent recent record at Twickenham with five wins out of six at the venue since the beginning of last year’s Rugby World Cup.

Wallabies Captain, Stephen Moore said: “It was a very important game for us. We have a lot of young guys in this team who probably haven’t played at this stadium before. I think they learned a lot from tonight. Read more

Spirit secure Finals berth in Canberra

Saturday October 8, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have secured a place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship finals series with a 42-36 win over the Vikings in Canberra this afternoon.

The Perth side started on the defensive absorbing pressure in the early stages before fighting back to head into the half time break down 22-16.

The second half was a different story with the Spirit’s forward pack dominating the Vikings all over the park and putting on a clinic at scrum time to help the visitors come from behind for the win. Read more