Wallabies

Wallabies Test locked in for Canberra

Monday February 20, 2017 by  

Test Rugby will return to Canberra for the first time in seven years when the Wallabies host Argentina at GIO Stadium in September this year.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and ACT Government made the announcement today at the venue for the September 16 clash, to be played as part of the 2017 Rugby Championship.

The match will be the Wallabies’ fifth overall Test match in Canberra, and the first to be played in the Nation’s Capital since 2010. Read more

Phipps re-signs until the end of 2019

Wednesday January 25, 2017 by  

Experienced scrumhalf Nick Phipps has pledged his future to Australian Rugby, re-signing with the ARU and New South Wales Waratahs until the end of 2019.

The 52-Test veteran has elected to stay in Sydney for a further two years and now has a chance to push for selection in what would be his third World Cup come Japan 2019.

The 28-year old played in 13 of the Wallabies 15 Tests in 2016, sharing the number nine jersey with Will Genia. Read more

Wallabies and Japan to clash in 2017

Thursday December 15, 2016 by  

The Wallabies will visit Japan next November to take on the Cherry Blossoms, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced today.

The November 4 fixture will be the first Test match played on Japanese soil between the two nations, who have met on four previous occasions dating back to 1975.

ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “This Test match will be an historic occasion as the Wallabies play their first Test match against Japan on Japanese soil, less than two years before Japan hosts its first ever Rugby World Cup in 2019. Read more

Perth to host first ever Bledisloe Cup Test in 2019

Wednesday December 7, 2016 by  

Perth Stadium will play host to the state’s first ever Bledisloe Cup match when the Wallabies and New Zealand clash at the new 60,000-capacity Western Australian venue in 2019.

The 2019 Rugby Championship fixture will be the only Bledisloe Cup Test played in Australia that year before the two countries embark on their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan.

ARU CEO, Bill Pulver said: “We are very proud to be bringing Western Australia its first ever Bledisloe Cup Test and are very grateful for the support of the WA Government, through Tourism Western Australia, which has enabled us to make this historic match a reality. Read more

Wallabies fall to England at Twickenham

Sunday December 4, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been unable to end England’s run of victories in 2016 falling at Twickenham 21-37 in London on Sunday morning.

Despite early dominance by Australia, England was able to work their way into the match, leaving the Wallabies to rue missed opportunities in the opening half.

In the frequently brutal Test match, England were forced to use everything in their arsenal to overcome a committed Wallabies outfit, that fought to the very end of proceedings. Read more

Wallabies pipped by Ireland in Dublin

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

An electrifying second half resurgence hasn’t been enough to keep Australia’s hopes of a Grand Slam alive after a 24-27 defeat to a spirited Ireland at Aviva Stadium.

The home side starved the Wallabies of possession in the first half, holding the ball for over 80% of the time. Adding to that, over three-quarters of the opening stanza was played in the Australians’ half as Ireland raced out to a 17-0 lead.

A stunner on the stroke of half time to Dane Haylett-Petty, and two futher tries would give the Wallabies the lead midway through the second half, but a 66th minute try to Ireland winger Keith Earls proved to be the match-winner in a superb contest. Read more

Wallaby XV fall to French Barbarians

Friday November 25, 2016 by  

The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.

In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team. Read more

Wallabies overcome France for Third Consecutive Win

Sunday November 20, 2016 by  

The Wallabies showed their mettle to overcome a spirited French outfit 25-23 in a nail-biting match at Stade de France this morning.

David Pocock, leading the Wallabies as captain for the first time since 2012, was instrumental in the victory forcing crucial turnovers and halting the French attack with his brick-wall defence.

The Wallabies won 12 turnovers compared to France’s six, outshining the French in their commitment for the ball. The French however won the offloads tally, racking up 26, as their adventurous backline showed lightning pace and flair to slice through the Wallabies defence on several occasions. Read more

Global law trials set for 2017

Saturday November 19, 2016 by  

Five changes to law will be trialled globally next year after they were approved by World Rugby Council in London this week.

The amendments, which deal in aspects of law including front-row replacements, advantage, touch, penalty tries and time-keeping, were first proposed by member unions and then considered by the Law Review Group and Rugby Committee before being trialled on a closed basis in various competitions around the world.

Having achieved positive results from those trials, LRG and Rugby Committee recommended to Council that the trials be expanded globally. Read more

Wallabies prevail in Edinburgh thriller

Sunday November 13, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have escaped Murrayfield Stadium with a dramatic one-point victory over Scotland, keeping their Grand Slam hopes alive in a 23-22 cliffhanger.

A try to centre Tevita Kuridrani with five minutes left on the clock was the decisive play in the match, after a first half double from 22-year-old Scotland centre Huw Jones had the home side ahead 17-10 at the break.

Kuridrani atoned for an earlier miss on Jones which led to the Scotsman’s second try, reaching out to score next to the posts in the 75th minute with the Wallabies down a man with Will Skelton in the sin bin. Read more