Friday March 17, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Friday March 10, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.
The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to re-unite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.
A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad. Read more
Monday February 20, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday January 25, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Thursday December 15, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday December 7, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Sunday December 4, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Sunday November 27, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Friday November 25, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Sunday November 20, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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