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Australia stumble on day two of Cape Town 7s

Sunday December 11, 2016 by  

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

Perth to host first ever Bledisloe Cup Test in 2019

Wednesday December 7, 2016 by  

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

Wallabies fall to England at Twickenham

Sunday December 4, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been unable to end England’s run of victories in 2016 falling at Twickenham 21-37 in London on Sunday morning.

Despite early dominance by Australia, England was able to work their way into the match, leaving the Wallabies to rue missed opportunities in the opening half.

In the frequently brutal Test match, England were forced to use everything in their arsenal to overcome a committed Wallabies outfit, that fought to the very end of proceedings. Read more

Australian Men’s Sevens team finish Dubai in fifth

Sunday December 4, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Dubai Sevens tournament in fifth position with victories over New Zealand and Scotland rounding out a solid day for Andy Friend’s young squad.

Australia’s James Stannard avoids Japan’s advances on day one of 2016/17 Dubai World Rugby Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Micheal Lee/Taiwan Mike, World Rugby

Australia fell in their Cup Quarter Final against Wales but made amends for that loss with a 20-12 victory over the All Blacks Sevens side and the in-form Scotland 19-12.

The Aussie 7s Men’s squad will now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the Sevens World Series.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend: “We were really disappointed this morning with that performance to Wales. Credit to Wales they are a good aside and they played better than us and they took their chances. Read more

Rebels to kick off inaugural Brisbane Tens

Thursday December 1, 2016 by  

Melbourne Rebels will be a part of history when they take on the Chiefs in the opening match of the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 11 February 2017.

The Rebels, who were drawn in Pool A, will play against the Chiefs and Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights on the first day of competition before Day Two kicks off with the first Australian derby of the tournament against the NSW Waratahs on Sunday.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to kick off the Brisbane Tens tournament and get stuck straight into it against the two-time Super Rugby champions Chiefs,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more

NSW Rugby announces record participation figures

Tuesday November 29, 2016 by  

NSW Rugby Union are pleased to announce record increases of junior, senior and regional participation levels across the state for 2016.

The Australian Sports Commission data released today shows rugby is now one of the most popular sports in the country, with 50,000 students reached through the Australian Rugby Union’s “Game On” program.

Of those numbers, close to 50 per cent were run and managed by NSW Rugby Union Development Officers, with more than 21,000 students reached and more than 2,700 programs delivered. Read more

Wallabies pipped by Ireland in Dublin

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

An electrifying second half resurgence hasn’t been enough to keep Australia’s hopes of a Grand Slam alive after a 24-27 defeat to a spirited Ireland at Aviva Stadium.

The home side starved the Wallabies of possession in the first half, holding the ball for over 80% of the time. Adding to that, over three-quarters of the opening stanza was played in the Australians’ half as Ireland raced out to a 17-0 lead.

A stunner on the stroke of half time to Dane Haylett-Petty, and two futher tries would give the Wallabies the lead midway through the second half, but a 66th minute try to Ireland winger Keith Earls proved to be the match-winner in a superb contest. Read more

Wallaby XV fall to French Barbarians

Friday November 25, 2016 by  

The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.

In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team. Read more

Wallabies overcome France for Third Consecutive Win

Sunday November 20, 2016 by  

The Wallabies showed their mettle to overcome a spirited French outfit 25-23 in a nail-biting match at Stade de France this morning.

David Pocock, leading the Wallabies as captain for the first time since 2012, was instrumental in the victory forcing crucial turnovers and halting the French attack with his brick-wall defence.

The Wallabies won 12 turnovers compared to France’s six, outshining the French in their commitment for the ball. The French however won the offloads tally, racking up 26, as their adventurous backline showed lightning pace and flair to slice through the Wallabies defence on several occasions. Read more

Global law trials set for 2017

Saturday November 19, 2016 by  

Five changes to law will be trialled globally next year after they were approved by World Rugby Council in London this week.

The amendments, which deal in aspects of law including front-row replacements, advantage, touch, penalty tries and time-keeping, were first proposed by member unions and then considered by the Law Review Group and Rugby Committee before being trialled on a closed basis in various competitions around the world.

Having achieved positive results from those trials, LRG and Rugby Committee recommended to Council that the trials be expanded globally. Read more