World Rugby announces RWC 2023 host selection timelines

Wednesday March 4, 2015 by  

The Rugby World Cup 2023 host nation will be announced in May 2017 following announcement by World Rugby of the host selection process and timelines for rugby’s showcase event.

With the Rugby World Cup brand going from strength to strength and England 2015 on track to be a special and record-breaking global celebration of rugby and the host nation, interest in hosting rugby’s showcase event is high.

The expression of interest phase of the process will be launched on 14 May, 2015 and close on 15 June, 2015, providing prospective hosts with a year to benefit from the detailed knowledge-sharing and preparation window ahead of the release of tender documentation in May 2016. Read more

Larkham and Grey join Wallabies

Friday February 27, 2015 by  

Australian Rugby Union today confirmed the appointment of two new assistant coaches for the Wallabies in Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey.

They will join the Wallabies’ coaching staff for the 2015 Test season while continuing in their respective roles at a Super Rugby level, with Larkham as Head Coach of the ACT Brumbies and Grey as Defence Coach of the NSW Waratahs.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said the changes would play an important role in the future success of the team. Read more

Rebels sign Radike Samo

Friday January 16, 2015 by  

Wallaby and three-time Super Rugby Champion Radike Samo will join the Melbourne Rebels for the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season.

Samo, who moves to Melbourne from Kinetsu Liners in the Japanese Top League, has made 23 appearances for the Wallabies, and was part of the squad which finished third at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Speaking prior to moving to Melbourne, Samo said he was excited to join Tony McGahan’s group and have “one final crack at Super Rugby.” Read more

Beale signs to Australian Rugby for another year

Friday January 9, 2015 by  

NSW Waratah and Wallaby Kurtley Beale is the latest player to commit to Australian Rugby beyond the 2015 Rugby World Cup, signing a one year extension to his contract with the Australian Rugby Union.

For the 26 year old, it is a chance to add to his already impressive rugby credentials since he signed his first contract with the NSW Waratahs at age 16 years. The Waratahs inside-centre and prolific point scorer has notched up 475 Super Rugby points since he first debuted for the side in 2007, ultimately going on to achieve 86 of his 100 Super Rugby caps with the Blues.

Known for his versatility in the back line as well as a fast-paced, attacking style of rugby, Beale returned to the NSW Waratahs in 2014 following a short two year stint with the Melbourne Rebels in 2012/13. He flourished under the guidance of Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and went on to play a key role in the Waratahs successful campaign to win the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby title. Read more

Phipps extends commitment to Australian Rugby

Monday December 29, 2014 by  

Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps has signed a two-year contract extension with Australian Rugby that will take him through until the end of the 2017 season.

The 25-year-old has played 28 Tests and played in all 14 Test matches featuring Australia during the 2014 international calendar.

Phipps maintained his starting position in all Test matches since the Wallabies’ thrilling 24-23 win over the Springboks in the 2014 Castrol Edge Rugby Championship. Read more

Cooper re-signs with Australian Rugby

Friday December 12, 2014 by  

Wallabies and Queensland Rugby flyhalf Quade Cooper has committed to Australian Rugby for another year in a deal that will take him through until the end of 2015.

The 26-year-old flyhalf has been impressive during the recent Spring Tour and will be keen to add to his 53 Test caps next year.

“I really enjoyed the Spring Tour, even though some of the results weren’t what we wanted. We’re working hard to improve and I’m confident we’ve got a great group of players going into 2015,” Cooper said. Read more

Wallabies succumb to England at Twickenham

Sunday November 30, 2014 by  

The Wallabies slipped to their third defeat on its end-of-season Spring Tour as Michael Cheika’s charges were defeated by England (26-17) at Twickenham.

While both teams lined up for the national anthems, the Home of English Rugby paid tribute to the late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes with a minute’s applause.


In a first half bereft of genuine try-scoring chances, England took a 10-point advantage to the break. Read more

Wallabies unable to break Ireland’s run

Sunday November 23, 2014 by  

The Wallabies have been defeated by Ireland 26-23 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin continuing the Six Nations Champions’ unbeaten run at home in 2014.

The Wallabies came back from an early 17-0 Irish lead to be locked at 20-20 at half time as Ireland started the match brilliantly.

The Wallabies will now travel to London to play England at Twickenham in the final match between the two sides before next year’s Rugby World Cup clash in Pool A. Read more

Wallabies defeat Wales in Cardiff

Sunday November 9, 2014 by  

A two try effort by Australian fullback Israel Folau has helped the Wallabies to a 33-28 victory over Wales in Cardiff on Sunday morning Australian Eastern time.

The victory means Australia has won ten consecutive Test matches against Wales and gained a mental edge over the side a year out from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Australia will play Wales in Pool A of the tournament. Read more

Australia edge out Barbarians in thriller

Sunday November 2, 2014 by  

The Wallabies have defeated the Barbarians 40 to 36 in a close encounter at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday morning.

The Wallabies scored six tries to the Barbarians five in 77 point match that saw both sides test out their attack with fast attacking Rugby.

The victory is Australia’s first win on their five week tour of Europe with their next match against Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 8 November. Read more