Rugby World Cup

Wallaroos record best ever World Cup finish

Monday September 6, 2010 by  

The Wallaroos have recorded their best ever finish at a Women’s Rugby World Cup after beating France 22-8 to claim third place at Twickenham Stoop in London on Sunday (Monday AEST).

England, who knocked Australia out of the race for the title, were unable to stop a dominant Black Ferns side in the final as New Zealand went on to claim a fourth-straight crown with a 13-10 victory.

Wallaroos centre Cobie-Jane Morgan ran in two of Australia’s four first-half tries while flanker Rebecca Trethowan and fullback Tricia Brown also broke through the French defence to score in the opening 40 minutes. Read more

Wallaroos to play France for third

Thursday September 2, 2010 by  

The Wallaroos will play France for third place at the Women’s Rugby World Cup after going down to England 15-0 in the semi-finals at Twickenham Stoop in London on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).

England scored two first-half tries in a closely fought encounter and will now seek their first win from three attempts against defending champions New Zealand in a WRWC final on Sunday.

The Black Ferns won through to their fourth consecutive Cup final after defeating France 47-5 in the earlier semi. Read more

Wallaroos take on England for place in Final

Wednesday September 1, 2010 by  

Wallaroos flyhalf Tobie McGann says Australia aren’t content with already achieving their best result at a Women’s Rugby World Cup and only a win against England in Wednesday’s (Thursday Australian time) semi-final at Twickenham Stoop will bring them closer to realising a unique goal.

After winning the fight for survival in the WRWC ‘Pool of Death’, McGann says the Wallaroos are still firmly focused on uniting the Sevens and 15s World Cup titles.

The Wallaroos piled on nine tries against South Africa to qualify for the final four by the slimmest of margins on Saturday to set up a semi-finals showdown with old foe England. Read more

Wallaroos win through to semi-finals

Sunday August 29, 2010 by  

The Wallaroos have booked their first ever finals appearance at a Women’s Rugby World Cup following an emphatic 62-0 victory over South Africa at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

Australia secured their necessary four-try bonus point within 30 minutes and piled on nine tries to give themselves the best chance of qualifying for the semi-finals as the best performing runner-up across the tournament’s three pools.

Centre Sharni Williams’s second try of the match – scored deep into injury time during the final play of the game – lifted the Wallaroos past the 56 points required to knock Canada out of the race to the last four on a superior for-and-against record. Read more

Wallaroos go down fighting

Wednesday August 25, 2010 by  

The Wallaroos have gone down 32-5 to three-time champions New Zealand in their Women’s Rugby World Cup pool clash at Surrey Sports Park in Guilford on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Australia fought bravely and defended well against the dominant Black Ferns but came off second best as New Zealand scored six tries to one in a clinical display to record their 17th consecutive victory on the World Cup stage.

New Zealand outgunned their trans-Tasman rivals and secured a bonus point before the break for four tries which included a double to impressive flanker Justine Lavea. Read more

Wallaroos open World Cup with bonus-point win

Saturday August 21, 2010 by  

The Wallaroos have taken the first step in their bid to unite both the Sevens and Women’s Rugby World Cups with a 26-12 victory over Wales in their opening pool clash at Surrey Sports Park in Guilford, England on Friday (Saturday AEST).

Winger Nicole Beck flew down the sideline to score the first of four Wallaroos tries in just the sixth minute of the match and the skilful 22-year-old finished with a game-high 11 points after converting all but one of Australia’s five pointers.

Centre Sharni Williams crashed over in the 18th minute before Cobie-Jane Morgan finished off a try set up by fullback Tricia Brown to send Australia to the break with a commanding 21-0 lead and with plenty of star power still on the bench. Read more

Wallaroos set for Women’s RWC Opener

Thursday August 19, 2010 by  

Wallaroos captain Chris Ross says she’s eagerly awaiting the chance to land her first hit of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup when Australia’s campaign kicks off against Wales on Friday in Surrey, England.

The towering lock says her Wallaroos teammates have had the chance to adjust to the UK timezone and are working together to complete the final touches on their preparations before tackling their northern hemisphere opponents Wales at 2pm on Friday (11pm AEST) at Surrey Sports Park.

The match will be telecast on Fox Sports Two at 7am (AEST) on Saturday. Read more

Japan Qualifies for RWC 2011

Saturday May 22, 2010 by  

Japan has qualified for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand after defeating Hong Kong 94-5 in Tokyo in the final round of the Asian Five Nations on Saturday.

John Kirwan’s side will now take their place as Asia 1 at the tournament and join Pool A alongside hosts New Zealand, France, Tonga and Canada.

Qualification means that the Brave Blossoms maintain their 100 percent participation record at Rugby’s showcase tournament.

Japan required just a bonus point before kick-off at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, but passage was secured as early as the 18th minute when the home team scored the fourth try to ensure the all important bonus point. Read more

England and Japan selected as RWC hosts

Wednesday July 29, 2009 by  

The International Rugby Board Council has awarded Rugby World Cup 2015 to England and Rugby World Cup 2019 to Japan.

The decision, which was approved by a vote of 16 to 10, ratifies Rugby World Cup Limited’s recommendation announced last month.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset made the announcement at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin and congratulated all four bidding Unions.

“All the tenders were of a very high standard and each Union demonstrated that they could host an excellent Rugby World Cup. It is a tribute to the health of the Game and the enormous prestige of RWC that the competing bids were so strong,” said Lapasset. Read more

Wallabies open 2011 RWC in Christchurch

Thursday March 12, 2009 by  

The Wallabies will kick off their campaign at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand with a match against Italy in Christchurch – the South Island city where the family of Australian coach Robbie Deans was among the first settlers and where he guided the Crusaders to five Super Rugby titles.

The match schedule for the seventh staging of the third largest sporting event in the world was announced today in Auckland, with the tournament’s opening game to feature host nation New Zealand against Tonga at Eden Park on Friday, September 9.

Australia had already been drawn in Pool C alongside Ireland, Italy and yet to be determined qualifiers in Europe 2 and Americas 2.

The dates and venues for showdowns with those opponents have now been confirmed, with the Australians playing twice in Christchurch either side of matches in Auckland and Wellington. Read more