Wallabies complete Italian job to close out June Series

Saturday June 24, 2017 by  

The Wallabies have defeated Italy 40-27 on a sun-soaked Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

The Wallabies powered in six tries, with Israel Folau and Sefa Naivalu both posting a double as they took down a spirited Azzuri outfit who trailed by just a point as the clock ticked down inside the final five minutes of play.

A 77th minute solo try to Bernard Foley gave the men in gold some breathing space, before a 50-metre dash down the left touchline from replacement back Reece Hodge blew the final margin out to 13 points. Read more

Wallabies defeated by Scotland in tight Sydney battle

Saturday June 17, 2017 by  

Scotland has held on for a dramatic 24-19 victory over the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

Down by five points at the break, the Wallabies took the lead for the first time in the match mid-way through the second half after a try to Will Genia, however the Scots hit back through flanker Hamish Watson five minutes later and thwarted Australia’s late charge to emerge five-point winners.

Six Nations star, flyhalf Finn Russell continued his hot form for Scotland scoring a try and landing a perfect three-from-three with the boot to guide the visitors home. Read more

Australia U20s into Fifth Place Final after Italian victory

Wednesday June 14, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have defeated Italy 42-19 at the World Rugby U20s Championship overnight, in Tbilisi, Georgia, moving Australia into the battle to finish in Fifth.

Australia replacement Semisi Tupou looks to pass in their fifth place semi-final with Italy on day four of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship.
Photo credit: Levan Verdzeuli/World Rugby

Australia scored six tries to three in the dominant display with Australian centre Izaia Perese scoring a hat-trick against the Italians.

Australia were forced to work for their victory with Italy bringing the match to within two points at the half time break, but the Australians found their groove, to bury the match in the second half with four tries.

Australia U20s Head Coach, Simon Cron said: “I thought we played a lot better field position in the second half. We were still a bit under par in terms of our execution and I thought some of our guys were trying to offload too much in heavy contact and we gave that message at half time. Read more

Wallabies down Fiji in June series opener

Saturday June 10, 2017 by  

The Wallabies have started their 2017 campaign in strong fashion with a 37-14 victory over Fiji in an entertaining clash at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

The flying Fijians were at their attacking best, but a committed Wallabies side kept them at bay in the seven-try spectacle.

Wallabies fliers Israel Folau and Henry Speight both registered a try-scoring double, as the Aussies produced some brilliant attack of their own to kick of the international season in style. Read more

Australia U20s fall short against England

Friday June 9, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have come agonisingly close to securing a semi-finals berth, losing the match lead in the 78th minute to go down 19-20 to the reigning World U20s and Six Nations champions, England.

Sione Tuipulotu scored Australia’s only try and the kicking of Harrison Goddard kept Australia in front for the entire first half, which was dominated by the youthful Australian side.

After France beat Georgia 54-0 in their Pool, Australia needed to win to make it into the semi finals as the second seed, or draw with a bonus point to secure the coveted wildcard spot for the best runner-up in the Pools. Read more

Australia two from two at World Rugby U20s Championship

Sunday June 4, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have continued their unbeaten run in the World Rugby U20s Championship with a tough 33-26 win against Oceania rivals, Samoa U20s on Sunday night.

Australia scored four tries to ensure the bonus point win, which gives the young men in gold nine points in the battle of Pool A against England, Wales and Samoa.

Australia will face England in the final match of Pool A on Friday 9 June at 2.30am AEST, with the match to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports. Read more

Australia U20s emerges victorious in tough Welsh battle

Thursday June 1, 2017 by  

The Australia U20s have defeated Wales U20s 24-17 in a tough first match of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia on Thursday morning.

The match went right down to the wire with the winning try coming in the 78th minute through Queensland Reds flier, Izaia Perese when the scores had been locked at 17-17.

The victory puts Australia in second position in Pool A on four points, behind England on five points who won their first match against Samoa 74-17. Read more

Eight rookies named for June Test action

Tuesday May 30, 2017 by  

Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika has named eight uncapped players within his 34-man squad for the upcoming ‘Arvo’ Test Rugby Series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, kicking-off on June 10. Cheika made the announcement live on Fox Sports’ Super Rugby:Kick & Chase tonight.

Eight uncapped players named in the Australian Wallabies June Test Series squad.
Photo courtesy of the Australian Rugby Union

Young forwards Lukhan Tui, Richard Hardwick and Ned Hanigan have earned selection in their first Wallabies squad after a series of impressive performances in Vodafone Super Rugby.

Backs Joe Powell, Eto Nabuli and Karmichael Hunt will get their second taste in camp after featuring in the June squad last year, while Marika Koroibete has been named after experiencing his first taste in Wallabies camp on the 2016 Spring Tour.

Jack Dempsey, a development player on last year’s Northern Hemisphere Tour, has earned selection in the main squad after returning from an ankle injury last weekend for Gordon in Sydney’s Shute Shield. Read more

Wallabies drawn with Wales and Georgia

Wednesday May 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Wallabies have been drawn alongside Wales and Georgia in Pool D at the 2019 Rugby World Cup following the official draw held this evening at the Kyoto State House in Japan.

The William Webb Ellis Cup is displayed during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby via Getty Images

Similar to the 2015 draw, the Wallabies were again the third seed and entered into the first of five pool bands at today’s team draw.

The Australians were runners-up to New Zealand at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and despite their inconsistent 2016 Test form were able to hold onto third place on the official World Rugby rankings following the end-of-year Northern Test season last December.

Japan will host Rugby’s premier event for the first time from September 20 to November 2 with the Final scheduled for Yokohama’s International Stadium. Read more

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