Friday July 4, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Rugby Union and Rugby WA today announced Wallaby and Western Force winger Nick Cummins has been granted an early release from his contract to play Rugby in Japan at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby Season.
The decision has been made based on unique family circumstances.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said Cummins will be missed.
“We have been working with Nick and his management team to explore ways to retain him within Australian Rugby since we were notified of his circumstances.” Read more
Saturday June 21, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have won the Castrol EDGE France Tour 3-0 and brought home the Trophée des Bicentenaries to Australia in front of a record 43 188 fans at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The crowd was the biggest Test Rugby crowd ever at the iconic Sydney Stadium.
The win means the Wallabies have now won seven Test matches in a row, a feat not achieved by the Wallabies since 2000.
For his excellent performance, Wycliff Palu was named the Castrol Edge Strongest Player. Read more
Friday June 20, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian U20s side has beaten France to claim Fifth Place honours at the IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland, following a second half comeback.
Australia ran in five tries to France’s three to secure a 34-27 win over the Junior Six Nations Champions.
Eden Park played host to an afternoon of milestones, with Australian winger Andrew Kellaway scoring two tries in the game, taking his tally for the tournament to 10, the most any one player has scored in a single IRB Junior World Championship. Read more
Saturday June 14, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have emerged victorious against a strong French side 6-0 in front of 27 189 fans in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Castrol EDGE France Tour.
With Les Blues making 11 changes to the team that ran out in Brisbane last week it was a completely different French side in both look and feel as the fired up French looked to attack the Wallabies.
The gruelling win was the Wallabies sixth win in a row, a feat that had not been achieved by Australia since 2005. Read more
The Wallabies have continued where they left off from the 2013 Spring Tour winning their fifth match in row after defeating France 50-23 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Australia scored seven tries in an excellent display of running Rugby to Les Bleus’ two, to take a one match lead in the Castrol Edge France series.
Australian debutant, Sam Carter was named the Strongest Player for his solid performance. Read more
Australian Rugby Union is proud to announce six of the game’s most distinguished legends as the 2014 Classic Wallabies Statesmen.
The Statesmen – Charles Wilson (1950s), Dick Marks (1960s), Stan Pilecki (1970s), Jeff Miller (1980s), Rod McCall (1990s) and Matt Cockbain (2000s) – have been unveiled ahead of tonight’s opening Test of the France Tour in Brisbane.
The six Wallaby legends epitomise what it means to be a champion of the game and will be called upon in 2014 to be ambassadors for the game of Rugby Union in Australia. Read more
Tuesday June 3, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has announced an in-form 23 man line-up for Saturday night’s opening Castrol Edge France Tour clash against the French at Suncorp Stadium.
Following in the footsteps of his father and former Wallaby David Carter, 24-year-old ACT Brumbies lock Sam Carter will become Wallaby No.879 when he makes his Test debut in the starting line-up on Saturday night.
It will also be a memorable occasion for prop James Slipper and No.8 Wycliff Palu with both set to play their milestone 50th Test match for Australia. For Palu, he will become just the second No.8 in Australian Rugby history to reach the mark, behind only Toutai Kefu (57 games). Read more
Wednesday April 16, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Rugby Union today announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 Spring Tour, with fixtures against Six Nations Champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary.
The tour will also include matches against the Barbarians (for the first time since 2011), Wales at the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium as well as France in Paris.
Head Coach Ewen McKenzie will be looking for the trip to be as successful as last year’s Spring Tour. After narrowly losing to England at Twickenham, Australia embarked on a four-match winning run making it the most successful Spring Tour since 2008. Read more
Wednesday March 5, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
David Pocock will miss the rest of the 2014 Super Rugby season after undergoing a full reconstruction on his left knee, Wednesday night.
An arthroscopy earlier on Wednesday confirmed he had re-ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during last Saturday’s match against the Western Force.
Disappointingly for Pocock and the Brumbies, it was the second ACL reconstruction the world class flanker has undergone in as many seasons after a rupture forced him from the field in round four last year. Read more
Wednesday January 22, 2014 by Media Release - Rugby Union
World Cup winning Wallaby Matt Cockbain is well placed to comment on the importance of the new National Rugby Championship (NRC). The RaboDirect Rebels Assistant Coach finished his career off with a stint in the now-defunct Australian Rugby Championship (ARC) in 2007, a competition he thought ended prematurely.
“I was asked by Gary Gray and Rod Macqueen to come down and be a part of the original Melbourne Rebels in the 2007 Australian Rugby Championship, when I was initially going to retire from playing,” Cockbain explains.
“It was the coming together of a number of Sydney & Brisbane club players, but we were very short on experience. That was something which I was able to provide with my background. At the age of 35, I was running around with the young blokes and some of the players in the current Rebels I’ve played with or against! Read more