Wallabies

Wallabies edge Springboks in dramatic opener

Saturday July 18, 2015 by  

The Wallabies have opened their 2015 Rugby Championship campaign in style, reclaiming the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate with a last-gasp 24-20 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Trailing 20-17 with under a minute to play in the match, skipper Stephen Moore immediately pointed to the sideline after the Wallabies were are awarded a penalty deep inside the Springboks half.

Winning the ball from the lineout, the Wallabies kept their composure in the final seconds before powerhouse centre Tevita Kuridrani crashed over the line to steal victory for the home side in front of 37,633 delirious fans at Suncorp Stadium. Read more

Skelton commits to Australian Rugby

Wednesday July 15, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union has locked away one of Rugby’s best young talents with NSW Waratahs lock Will Skelton signing a new two-year contract extension.

Skelton is one of the rising stars of Australian Rugby and at just 22 years of age has already earned eight Test caps for the Wallabies and has made 39 Super Rugby appearances.

The giant lock, who took up Rugby as a 15-year-old at The Hills Sports High School in Western Sydney, will continue his career with the Waratahs and his re-signing has provided a significant long-term boost to Australian Rugby’s forward stocks. Read more

Moore to lead Wallabies in 2015

Monday July 6, 2015 by  

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and the Australian Rugby Union have appointed Stephen Moore to lead Australia this international season.

A veteran of 92 Tests and Australia’s all-time most capped hooker, Moore has been reinstated as Wallabies Captain, following a season-ending injury in his first outing as skipper.

Moore will be well supported in the role with 2014 Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper and Test centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper named as the team’s vice-captains. Read more

Cheika names Wallabies squad

Thursday July 2, 2015 by  

Michael Cheika has named his extended Wallabies Squad at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, ahead of The Rugby Championship opener against the Springboks on 18 July.

The 40-man squad, featuring a combination of youth and experience, will assemble this Sunday for a one-week camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, training out of Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika said: “The extended squad gives the new coaching staff a great opportunity to observe and test some new combinations. Read more

Wallabies to host England in historic 2016 Test series

Friday June 19, 2015 by  

The Wallabies will play England in a blockbuster three-Test series in Australia in June 2016, the Australian Rugby Union announced today.

It will be first time in the century-old rivalry between Australia and England that the two nations will meet in a three-Test series. The teams last met on three occasions in the same year in 2010, although just two matches were played on Aussie soil as part of England’s inbound tour.

Michael Cheika’s men will play their old rivals for the Cook Cup at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Melbourne’s AAMI Park and Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Read more

Hooper to remain in Australian Rugby until 2018

Thursday June 11, 2015 by  

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper will continue his Rugby in Australia after signing a new two-year contract extension through until the end of 2018.

Having previously signed until the end 2016, the 42-Test veteran joins a host of young Wallabies committing to Australian Rugby beyond this season.

At only 23, Hooper has achieved almost every individual accolade in Australian Rugby, including the John Eales Medal, Asteron Life Super Rugby Player of Year and Matthew Burke Cup. Read more

McCalman re-signs for three more

Tuesday June 2, 2015 by  

Rampaging No.8 Ben McCalman will stay with the Western Force after re-signing with the Western Australian club for a further three seasons.

The incumbent Wallabies No.8 will remain with the Force through until the end of the 2018 season, with his flexible contract allowing him to the play the 2015/2016 Top League season in Japan following this year’s Rugby World Cup.

The 27-year-old, who has been one of competition’s form No.8’s throughout the Super Rugby season, has already played 79 matches over six seasons with the Force. Read more

Wallabies veteran continues career with Australian Rugby

Wednesday May 27, 2015 by  

Experienced Wallabies and Brumbies prop Ben Alexander will continue his career in Australia after signing a new one-year contract extension through until the end of 2016.

The new deal will allow Australian Rugby’s most capped Test prop to add to his current tally of 72 Tests after initially making his debut for the Wallabies in 2008.

The 30-year-old currently shares the record-setting mark of 72 caps for a Test prop with NSW Waratahs loosehead and long-time international teammate Benn Robinson. Read more

Wallabies to play USA Eagles at Chicago

Tuesday May 12, 2015 by  

The Wallabies’ final preparations before England will include a two week tour of the USA and a historic match against the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday 5 September.

The match will be the Wallabies’ first Test in the USA in almost 40 years and will be just the forth time Australia has played on US soil.

The Wallabies played against the USA for the first time ever in a tour match in Berkeley in 1912, a game which was not classified as a Test. Australia played their maiden Test match against the Eagles in Los Angeles in 1976, in a game that marked the Eagles’ first ever Test on the world stage. Read more

Elite overseas-based players eligible for Wallabies

Wednesday April 22, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union today announced changes to its Player Contracting Policy by allowing an elite group of overseas-based players to be eligible for Wallabies selection.

Effective immediately, overseas-based players will now be eligible for Wallabies selection if they have played more than 60 Tests for Australia and have held a professional contract with Australian Rugby for at least seven years.

The adjustment to the policy was approved by the ARU Board and endorsed by Super Rugby CEO’s on Monday 20 April 2015. Read more