Rugby World Cup

Elite overseas-based players eligible for Wallabies

Wednesday April 22, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced changes to its Player Contracting Policy by allowing an elite group of overseas-based players to be eligible for Wallabies selection.

Effective immediately, overseas-based players will now be eligible for Wallabies selection if they have played more than 60 Tests for Australia and have held a professional contract with Australian Rugby for at least seven years.

The adjustment to the policy was approved by the ARU Board and endorsed by Super Rugby CEO’s on Monday 20 April 2015. Read more

Steve Walsh to retire from Rugby

Friday March 20, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced international referee Steve Walsh has retired from all forms of match officiating with immediate effect to pursue business interests outside of Rugby.

The 43-year-old is a veteran of four Rugby World Cups. Walsh made his Super Rugby refereeing debut in 1997 and took charge of a Test match for the first time a year later when Argentina played France and has refereed 60 Tests, making him the third most capped international referee of all-time.

Steve Walsh said: “I have lived my dream and I am truly grateful for every experience that I have had in Rugby. It’s been an incredible journey. Read more

World Rugby announces RWC 2023 host selection timelines

Wednesday March 4, 2015 by  

The Rugby World Cup 2023 host nation will be announced in May 2017 following announcement by World Rugby of the host selection process and timelines for rugby’s showcase event.

With the Rugby World Cup brand going from strength to strength and England 2015 on track to be a special and record-breaking global celebration of rugby and the host nation, interest in hosting rugby’s showcase event is high.

The expression of interest phase of the process will be launched on 14 May, 2015 and close on 15 June, 2015, providing prospective hosts with a year to benefit from the detailed knowledge-sharing and preparation window ahead of the release of tender documentation in May 2016. Read more

Phipps extends commitment to Australian Rugby

Monday December 29, 2014 by  

Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps has signed a two-year contract extension with Australian Rugby that will take him through until the end of the 2017 season.

The 25-year-old has played 28 Tests and played in all 14 Test matches featuring Australia during the 2014 international calendar.

Phipps maintained his starting position in all Test matches since the Wallabies’ thrilling 24-23 win over the Springboks in the 2014 Castrol Edge Rugby Championship. Read more

Cummins granted early release

Friday July 4, 2014 by  

Australian Rugby Union and Rugby WA today announced Wallaby and Western Force winger Nick Cummins has been granted an early release from his contract to play Rugby in Japan at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby Season.

The decision has been made based on unique family circumstances.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said Cummins will be missed.

“We have been working with Nick and his management team to explore ways to retain him within Australian Rugby since we were notified of his circumstances.” Read more

Fiji qualifies for Rugby World Cup 2015

Saturday June 28, 2014 by  

Fiji has qualified for Rugby World Cup 2015 after defeating Cook Islands 108-6 in the decisive Oceania qualifier in Lautoka on Saturday.

Fiji join hosts England, Australia, Wales and the yet to be determined Repechage winner in Pool A, and will have the honour of playing England at Twickenham in the opening match of the tournament on 18 September.

With the qualifier coinciding with the global Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, excitement was at fever pitch for the match, which Fiji were firm favourites to win. Read more

Wallabies announce 2014 Spring Tour dates

Wednesday April 16, 2014 by  

Australian Rugby Union today announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 Spring Tour, with fixtures against Six Nations Champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary.

The tour will also include matches against the Barbarians (for the first time since 2011), Wales at the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium as well as France in Paris.

Head Coach Ewen McKenzie will be looking for the trip to be as successful as last year’s Spring Tour. After narrowly losing to England at Twickenham, Australia embarked on a four-match winning run making it the most successful Spring Tour since 2008. Read more

Wallaroos draw favourable pool allocation

Thursday October 31, 2013 by  

The Wallaroos will meet Wales, South Africa and hosts, France in Pool C of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 following the pool allocation draw in Paris overnight.

Australia’s third placing in the 2010 World Cup meant the Wallaroos wouldn’t be placed in the same pool as either of the top two teams, England and New Zealand.

Wallaroos Head Coach, Paul Verrell said the pool allocation puts them in a good position as it means, if all goes to plan, Australia won’t meet England or New Zealand until the semi-finals. Read more

Wallabies face England and Wales at Twickenham

Thursday May 2, 2013 by  

Australia will play both England and Wales at Twickenham, London, in their feature pool matches of Rugby World Cup 2015.

The announcement of the venues and match schedule for the eighth staging of the game’s showpiece event was made tonight in the UK with the Wallabies to play their other two games in Pool A in Birmingham and Cardiff.

The Wallabies had earlier been drawn in one of four five-team groups alongside host nation England, Wales, Oceania 1 and a Play-Off Winner. Read more

Wallabies drawn with England and Wales

Tuesday December 4, 2012 by  

The Australian Wallabies have been drawn alongside England and Wales in Group A at the Rugby World Cup 2015 following the allocation draw held in London overnight.

Using the official IRB World Rankings, the Wallabies seeded third after November’s Test matches will play tournament hosts England for the first time in the group stage since the opening edition of Rugby World Cup in 1987.

Wales meanwhile will meet the Wallabies for the third time in the RWC group stage after they were paired up at the 1991 and 2007 tournaments. Read more