Rugby World Cup

More than one million fans attend Pool matches

Monday October 3, 2011 by  

Nearly 1.1 million fans have passed through the gates of Rugby World Cup 2011 stadia with all 40 Pool matches of Rugby’s showcase event now completed, Tournament organisers announced today.

The official attendance stands at 1.07 million after the final eight matches of the Pool phase were completed over the weekend. Nearly a quarter of a million fans alone attended the weekend’s matches, which included four sell outs.

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Chairman Bernard Lapasset said that the strong attendance across all of the venues is testament to the way that New Zealanders across the country have backed the Tournament and all the participating teams. Read more

Wallabies call up two replacements

Sunday October 2, 2011 by  

NSW Waratahs winger Lachie Turner and Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson have been added to the Wallabies 30-man squad at the Rugby World Cup.

The pair are being flown to New Zealand to join the team as replacements for Drew Mitchell and Wycliff Palu respectively.

Both Mitchell and Palu have succumbed to hamstring injuries, with Mitchell straining his during yesterday’s 68-22 win over Russia which ended the pool phase. Read more

Wallabies outclass Russia

Saturday October 1, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies have accounted for Russia 68-22 in their final group stage match of Rugby World Cup 2011 at Trafalgar Park in Nelson this afternoon.

The result, it seemed, was never in doubt though the Australians still needed to play out the game. With the record books open, the Russians showed some spirit in the second half to least salvage three tries after it looked like an Australian massacre during the first half.

Gloomy overcast conditions greeted everyone in the picturesque town at the top of the South Island. Rain was forecast three days out though it was hard to believe it given the cloudless and clear weather on the eve of the match. Read more

Wallabies team to play Russia named

Thursday September 29, 2011 by  

The selection of regular No 8 Radike Samo on the wing is the most notable among a number of changes made to the Wallabies side announced today for Saturday’s historic first ever clash against Russia.

Samo finished last week’s 67-5 win over the United States on the wing after a spate of injuries disrupted the Australian backline, scoring a try. He has been given a further chance to shine in the position as coach Robbie Deans shuffles his resources for Australia’s final pool match in the upper South Island city of Nelson.

Just two backs, and four forwards, have been retained in their starting positions from the run on combination that Australia fielded against the United States of America last Friday night. Read more

Full time called on Stu’s stella career

Tuesday September 27, 2011 by  

Australia’s most celebrated referee Stu Dickinson has announced his retirement, effectively immediately, at the age of 43.

Dickinson was in charge of an Australian record 47 Test matches after controlling his first international in 1997 when Tahiti played Papua New Guinea in a Rugby World Cup qualifier.

He went on to referee at the highest level of the game for 15 seasons, officiating at three Rugby World Cup tournaments – the 1999 event in Wales, 2003 in Australia and 2007 in France. Read more

Wallabies crush United States

Friday September 23, 2011 by  

Australia’s quest for the Rugby World Cup is still alive following a resounding 67-5 victory over the United States at Wellington Regional Stadium this evening.

Adam Ashley-Cooper crossed for a second half hat-trick, the fastest ever in Rugby World Cup history, while Anthony Fainga’a notched up a double in a match that fizzled somewhat after a competitive opening 40 minutes.

Though the USA has never defeat the Australians, it was seen during the week as a danger game following the upset loss to Ireland last weekend. Read more

Wallabies team to play United States named

Wednesday September 21, 2011 by  

Will Genia is set to become the 78th Australian Test captain after being appointed as leader of the Wallabies team named today to face the United States at the Rugby World Cup in Wellington on Friday night.

The 23-year-old Queensland halfback, who made his Test debut in New Zealand three seasons ago, has been handed the reins for what will be Australia’s 528th official Test match, standing in for squad skipper James Horwill. Horwill is being allowed to by-pass the match.

“It’s a huge honour, a big responsibility and an occasion that I’m really looking forward to,” Genia says. Read more

Wallabies stunned as Ireland cause upset

Saturday September 17, 2011 by  

Ireland has delivered the first major shock of Rugby World Cup 2011 with an upset 15-6 win over Australia at Eden Park Stadium tonight.

On a memorable night in Auckland, the Irish managed to defeat the Wallabies for the first time ever in a World Cup match, while also inflict the Australians first defeat in the group stage since 1995.

The result means, barring France causing a similar upset next Saturday night here against New Zealand that the dream final matchup between the Wallabies and All Blacks won’t happen in this tournament. Read more

Pocock withdrawn from tonight’s RWC match

Saturday September 17, 2011 by  

Australia has been forced to make a late change to its side for tonight’s Rugby World Cup pool match against Ireland in Auckland.

Flanker David Pocock has withdrawn this morning due to soreness associated with a back strain.

His absence sees his Western Force team-mate, Ben McCalman, promoted into the starting XV to play his 15th Test, but his first as an openside flanker. Read more

Wallabies team to play Ireland named

Thursday September 15, 2011 by  

The return of James O’Connor to the starting line-up, and Drew Mitchell into the playing group, are the key points in Australia’s side for Saturday night’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Ireland named today.

O’Connor, who last Sunday surpassed 150 Test points when he came off the bench against Italy at North Harbour Stadium, has returned to the run-on XV taking the place of Queensland Reds winger Digby Ioane, who was ruled out earlier this week due to a thumb injury.

As well as returning to the wing, O’Connor will take over from flyhalf Quade Cooper (who nailed two from three attempts last weekend against Italy) as the Wallabies’ lead-off goal-kicker. Read more