Rugby World Cup

ARU welcomes new World Rugby International Calendar

Friday March 17, 2017 by  

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO, Bill Pulver has welcomed World Rugby’s announcement of an optimised International Calendar for 2020-2032.

The historic agreement will see the current June international window shift to July, enabling the Super Rugby competition to run uninterrupted from kick off in February through to a June Final.

There will also be a 39% increase in Test matches played between tier one and tier two nations, with all SANZAAR nations, including Australia set to host emerging Test nations in the July international window. Read more

Wallabies fight to the end in defeat to New Zealand

Sunday November 1, 2015 by  

The Wallabies finished Rugby World Cup 2015 runners-up at Twickenham on Saturday, despite a gallant defensive effort against New Zealand in their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, ultimately defeated 34-17 in a match that lived up to its lofty expectations.

After a gruelling run through the tournament, the Wallabies had to put up one more fight and they drew on everything in front of a sold-out Twickenham Stadium.

Narrowing an 18-point deficit to just four midway through the second half, the Wallabies never stopped competing in yet another brutal contest. Tries to David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani during a 10-minute surge during the second half in the end was not enough to stop the New Zealanders from claiming back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles. Read more

Wallabies advance to Rugby World Cup Final

Monday October 26, 2015 by  

An Adam Ashley-Cooper hat-trick helped send the Wallabies into their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, as they beat Argentina 29-15 in a tense Semi-Final at Twickenham on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Australia have set up an epic showdown with New Zealand at Twickenham next Saturday (Sunday, 3am AEDT) in the first decider between the two nations, with a record third Webb Ellis trophy on offer for the victor.

The three-try performance, which also came with 58 metres and two clean breaks, earned the 113-Test veteran Ashley-Cooper man of the match honours and helped stave off a spirited performance from Los Pumas who once again chanced their arm in attack. Read more

Wallabies book Semi Finals berth after last gasp victory

Monday October 19, 2015 by  

A last-minute Bernard Foley penalty has sent the Wallabies into their sixth Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, where they will meet Argentina after a heart-stopping 35-34 win over Scotland.

Foley missed some difficult chances with the boot in the opening half but as the heavens opened up on Twickenham he found his radar, with a penalty goal inside the last 60 seconds of the match sealing a high-scoring Quarter-Final encounter which had five lead changes throughout.

A Mark Bennett intercept try looked like spelling the end of Australia’s tournament with just six minutes left as Greig Laidlaw converted the try to put the Scots two points up, before Foley’s penalty shot. Read more

Wallabies overcome Wales in gripping Pool A decider

Sunday October 11, 2015 by  

Australia will meet Scotland in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals after a 15-6 win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

The Wallabies will meet Pool B runner-up Scotland at Twickenham in a knock-out final eight match next Sunday (Monday 2am AEDT), after clinching their pool with the victory.

Renowned for their pace and width in attack, it was a phenomenal defensive effort from the Wallabies that proved defining in the win and saw them scale the summit of the so-called “Pool of Death”. Read more

Wallabies outclass England for third straight Cup win

Sunday October 4, 2015 by  

Australia sealed a Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-finals berth with a 33-13 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday night, ending the host’s tournament in the pool stages.

The visitors set up the win with an almost flawless first half performance and carried a 17-3 advantage into the break on the back of a Bernard Foley double.

Things didn’t go all the Wallabies’ way, when a 17-point deficit early in the second half was narrowed to just seven with 15 minutes to play. Read more

Wallabies post eleven tries in thumping of Uruguay

Sunday September 27, 2015 by  

Drew Mitchell made the most of his starting opportunity, becoming Australia’s most prolific World Cup try-scorer as the Wallabies notched a 65-3 win over Uruguay at Birmingham’s Villa Park on Sunday.

Mitchell, Ben McCalman and Sean McMahon all scored doubles in a match where the Wallabies produced moments of sizzling attack, producing the highest score of the tournament thus far. With the victory, the Wallabies climbed to the top of Pool A, joining Wales on 9 points after collecting their first bonus-point win of the tournament.

Two tries in four minutes in the second half made Mitchell the nation’s most prolific World Cup try-scorer with his 12th five-pointer, overtaking Chris Latham. Read more

Wallabies open campaign with win over Fiji

Thursday September 24, 2015 by  

David Pocock proved it doesn’t matter what number he wears on his back, with a scintillating first-half performance setting up a 28-13 Wallabies Rugby World Cup victory over Fiji at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Pocock turned in a man of the match performance at number eight, including two first-half tries off the back of rolling mauls.

Australia’s strong opening half set up the win over the Flying Fijians, as they joined England and Wales as first-up winners in Pool A. Read more

Cheika names 31-Man Wallabies Squad for RWC 2015

Friday August 21, 2015 by  

In front of a packed gallery in the Qantas Hangar at Sydney Airport, Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika has announced his squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Comprising 17 forwards and 14 backs, and with over 1,200 Test caps between them, the Wallabies squad will be captained by Stephen Moore in his third consecutive Rugby World Cup.

2003 Rugby World Cup finalist Matt Giteau and Wallabies Vice-Captain Adam Ashley-Cooper will join Moore in their third Rugby World Cup campaign. Read more

Wallabies to play USA Eagles at Chicago

Tuesday May 12, 2015 by  

The Wallabies’ final preparations before England will include a two week tour of the USA and a historic match against the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday 5 September.

The match will be the Wallabies’ first Test in the USA in almost 40 years and will be just the forth time Australia has played on US soil.

The Wallabies played against the USA for the first time ever in a tour match in Berkeley in 1912, a game which was not classified as a Test. Australia played their maiden Test match against the Eagles in Los Angeles in 1976, in a game that marked the Eagles’ first ever Test on the world stage. Read more