Wallabies

Wallabies defeat South Africa in Brisbane thriller

Saturday September 10, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have emerged victorious in a tough encounter against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight, retaining the Mandela Challenge Plate with a 23-17 victory.

In front of a crowd of 30,327, Australia and South Africa scored two tries apiece but the precise boot of Bernard Foley proved the difference with his 100% success rate from five opportunities.

In a game that was full of end-to-end Rugby, both sides were adventurous in attack with the Australian halves pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper in particular lighting up the field. Ultimately, it was the Wallabies committed defence that saw them hold on to the lead, as they halted South Africa on their line on several occasions and forced crucial turnovers. Read more

Wallabies go down fighting in Wellington

Saturday August 27, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have suffered back-to-back defeats to New Zealand after falling 29-9 in a heated battle at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.

The men in gold came out with renewed energy and commitment following their record defeat in Sydney a week prior, matching the All Blacks physically through the opening exchanges.

In a fiery first half, the Wallabies set the tone with their defensive aggression and remained in the thick of the contest throughout the forty minutes despite conceding a double to New Zealand fullback Israel Dagg. Read more

Wallabies overpowered in Bledisloe opener

Saturday August 20, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have suffered a 42-8 defeat to a rampant New Zealand in The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in front of 65,328 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.

First half injuries to Matt Giteau (ankle), Matt Toomua (head) and Rob Horne (arm) depleted the home side, while the visitors looked slick from the opening whistle, running in four tries in the opening stanza to take an unassailable 32-3 lead into the break.

Crucially, all three players who left the field injured for the Wallabies – Giteau in the 10th minute, Toomua (30th) and Horne (39th) were all playing at inside centre at the time. Read more

Australian Rugby announces new media rights arrangements

Thursday December 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced new and significantly improved media rights arrangements for 2016-2020 which will enable the code to re-energise the game at grassroots level and invest in key strategic areas to ensure its future health and prosperity.

The ARU will receive a total of AUD $285m in media rights revenue from the total package of SANZAAR agreements – a 148% increase on revenue achieved from the previous media rights arrangements (2011-15).

Fox Sports will continue its proud partnership with Rugby after retaining the Australian rights for Test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition which will for the first time feature teams from Argentina and Japan in 2016. Read more

Wallabies to embark on historic 2016 Grand Slam Tour

Friday November 13, 2015 by  

After falling one win short of a Rugby World Cup triumph, the Wallabies will return to the northern hemisphere next Spring for a history-making shot at the ‘Grand Slam’.

The Australian Rugby Union today announced a five-Test, seven-match Spring Tour for 2016, beginning on November 5.

Not since the Alan Jones-coached and Andrew Slack-captained 1984 Wallabies has an Australian side been successful in conquering the four home nations of Britain and Ireland on the same tour. Read more

Cheika named World Rugby Coach of the Year

Monday November 2, 2015 by  

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been recognised for his rapid transformation of the national team with the World Rugby Coach of the Year Award at tonight’s World Rugby Awards dinner in London.

Cheika took over the Wallabies’ reins less than a year out from the World Cup, on the eve of the team’s 2014 Spring Tour, which they finished with one win from four matches.

Splitting the role with the NSW Waratahs head coaching job during the Super Rugby season, Cheika worked to build a whole squad mentality with regular player briefings during the season. Read more

Wallabies fight to the end in defeat to New Zealand

Sunday November 1, 2015 by  

The Wallabies finished Rugby World Cup 2015 runners-up at Twickenham on Saturday, despite a gallant defensive effort against New Zealand in their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, ultimately defeated 34-17 in a match that lived up to its lofty expectations.

After a gruelling run through the tournament, the Wallabies had to put up one more fight and they drew on everything in front of a sold-out Twickenham Stadium.

Narrowing an 18-point deficit to just four midway through the second half, the Wallabies never stopped competing in yet another brutal contest. Tries to David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani during a 10-minute surge during the second half in the end was not enough to stop the New Zealanders from claiming back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles. Read more

Wallabies advance to Rugby World Cup Final

Monday October 26, 2015 by  

An Adam Ashley-Cooper hat-trick helped send the Wallabies into their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, as they beat Argentina 29-15 in a tense Semi-Final at Twickenham on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Australia have set up an epic showdown with New Zealand at Twickenham next Saturday (Sunday, 3am AEDT) in the first decider between the two nations, with a record third Webb Ellis trophy on offer for the victor.

The three-try performance, which also came with 58 metres and two clean breaks, earned the 113-Test veteran Ashley-Cooper man of the match honours and helped stave off a spirited performance from Los Pumas who once again chanced their arm in attack. Read more

Wallabies book Semi Finals berth after last gasp victory

Monday October 19, 2015 by  

A last-minute Bernard Foley penalty has sent the Wallabies into their sixth Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, where they will meet Argentina after a heart-stopping 35-34 win over Scotland.

Foley missed some difficult chances with the boot in the opening half but as the heavens opened up on Twickenham he found his radar, with a penalty goal inside the last 60 seconds of the match sealing a high-scoring Quarter-Final encounter which had five lead changes throughout.

A Mark Bennett intercept try looked like spelling the end of Australia’s tournament with just six minutes left as Greig Laidlaw converted the try to put the Scots two points up, before Foley’s penalty shot. Read more

Wallabies overcome Wales in gripping Pool A decider

Sunday October 11, 2015 by  

Australia will meet Scotland in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals after a 15-6 win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

The Wallabies will meet Pool B runner-up Scotland at Twickenham in a knock-out final eight match next Sunday (Monday 2am AEDT), after clinching their pool with the victory.

Renowned for their pace and width in attack, it was a phenomenal defensive effort from the Wallabies that proved defining in the win and saw them scale the summit of the so-called “Pool of Death”. Read more