Wallabies to play Gloucester

Monday September 28, 2009 by  

The Wallabies have added further historical overtones to their Grand Slam tour of the UK and Ireland by agreeing to play a midweek match against English club side Gloucester.

The match will be staged on Tuesday, November 3, just three days after a ground-breaking Bledisloe Cup game in Tokyo and four days before the Wallabies open their first Grand Slam campaign in 25 years against England at Twickenham.

It will also be the first time an Australian national team has played at Kingsholm – home ground of Gloucester Rugby – since the inaugural Wallabies beat county side Gloucestershire 16-3 during their famous 1908-09 tour.

Those initial Wallabies left Sydney by steamship 101 years ago without a moniker and known only as the Australian Rugby Union team. Read more

2010 Inbound Tour program announced

Monday September 21, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has today announced the 2010 Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series Test schedule with the Wallabies facing a series of challenges over a four-Test campaign in June.

The BRRS will open with a match against 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalist Fiji at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, June 5.

The following week will see the Wallabies kick off a two-Test showdown with England at Subiaco Oval in Perth.

The second game against the 2003 Rugby World Cup champions will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, June 19. Read more

All Blacks sweep Bledisloe Cup series

Saturday September 19, 2009 by  

New Zealand’s recent dominance over Australia has continued with a blistering 33-6 victory at Westpac Stadium in Wellington this evening.

The All Blacks responded from an ordinary performance against the World Champion South Africans last weekend with a devastating and merciless display of running rugby, set-piece control and a high-level of possession.

Three converted tries to nil along with four penalty goals proved the difference in the end with the Wallabies exposed on a mild evening in the New Zealand capital.

Both teams went into the game as named during the week with only the pride of not finishing last in the Tri-Nations to play for tonight. Read more

Wallabies unchanged for Tri-Nations finale

Tuesday September 15, 2009 by  

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and winger Lachie Turner have both been passed fit and will play in Saturday night’s concluding Bundaberg Rum Tri Nations Series Test against New Zealand at Wellington.

The New South Wales pair were today named in the squad that will travel to New Zealand tomorrow, although their Waratahs team-mate, utility back Kurtley Beale, will travel also as cover as the 23rd man.

Both Polota-Nau and Turner, who suffered rib injuries during last week’s 21-6 win over South Africa, have responded well to treatment in order to prove their fitness for selection.

Polota-Nau trained with no discomfort during today’s full contact session – fulfilling the requirement in order to be named in the starting line-up. Read more

ARU encourages Argentina in Four Nations bid

Monday September 14, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has encouraged Argentina to continue the hard work required to meet the SANZAR conditions that would allow the Pumas entry to a Four Nations Championship from 2012.

SANZAR has today issued a conditional invitation for the South Americans to join the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks in an expanded Southern Hemisphere Test series the year after the next Rugby World Cup.

It is a move that would increase the Southern Hemisphere competition from nine games (where each team currently plays the other two on three occasions) to 12 games where each country would play the other three twice (home and away).

SANZAR envisages that the Four Nations would be played over an eight to nine week period with each country playing six matches. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa already play six games each in the Tri Nations. Read more

Wallabies defeat Springboks in thriller

Saturday September 5, 2009 by  

Australia has ended its four-match Tri-Nations winless streak with a thrilling 21-6 victory against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane this evening.

Led by the usual stars Matt Giteau, Berrick Barnes and captain George Smith, the Wallabies asserted pressure in the second half for two tries after three earlier attempts were denied on or over the line.

Wallaby forward Benn Robinson was named man of the match for his outstanding performance in the rucks, mauls and scrums.

The winter Test season started with a blaze of glory for the Wallabies with wins over the Italy and France. Read more

Wallabies make changes for Brisbane

Tuesday September 1, 2009 by  

Queensland Reds halfback Will Genia and Western Force openside flanker David Pocock have been handed maiden Tri Nations starting roles, among the key changes to the Wallabies side named today for Saturday night’s Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

The pair are among five personnel alterations to the starting combination from last weekend’s match against the same opponent in Perth, with the others seeing Berrick Barnes return from injury in the place of Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell slot in for Peter Hynes on the wing, while Tatafu Polota-Nau takes over from Stephen Moore in the front row.

After being forced to miss the last Test due to the effects of a head knock suffered in the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney two weeks ago, Barnes has proved his fitness and been reinstated.

He returns at inside centre, with Adam Ashley-Cooper shifting out one backline slot from last week to take over from Cross at centre. Read more

Springboks win in Perth

Saturday August 29, 2009 by  

South Africa has kept alive its hopes for Tri-Nations glory with a pulsating 32-25 victory over Australia at Subiaco Oval in Perth this evening.

The Springboks were awesome in both attack and defence, becoming the first side in this year’s tournament to score four tries in a match with speedster Bryan Habana crossing for a double.

Fourie du Preez was named man of the match for his outstanding performance at scrum half, while Drew Mitchell was rated as the best Wallaby at fullback.

Eight changes from last weekend’s defeat to New Zealand though seemed to disrupt the Wallabies game plan. Read more

Bledisloe Cup Test confirmed for Tokyo

Tuesday June 30, 2009 by  

Asia will again be the venue for a fourth Bledisloe Cup Test this year with Japan to host a showdown between the Wallabies and the All Blacks on October 31.

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed today at a media conference it will stage the match at the National Stadium in Tokyo – centrepiece of the 1964 Olympic Games and with a capacity of more than 57,000.

Confirmation follows several months of negotiation between the Japan Rugby Football Union, their commercial agents Dentsu, and the Australian and New Zealand Rugby Unions.

ARU Deputy Chief Executive Matt Carroll, in Tokyo for the announcement, said taking another Bledisloe Cup Test to the bigger commercial markets in Asia and developing not only the game’s profile but the brand of the Wallabies and the All Blacks, was an exciting initiative for all involved. 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