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Friday March 17, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO, Bill Pulver has welcomed World Rugby’s announcement of an optimised International Calendar for 2020-2032.
The historic agreement will see the current June international window shift to July, enabling the Super Rugby competition to run uninterrupted from kick off in February through to a June Final.
There will also be a 39% increase in Test matches played between tier one and tier two nations, with all SANZAAR nations, including Australia set to host emerging Test nations in the July international window. Read more
Monday March 13, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens side have fallen to New Zealand in the Fifth Place Semi-Final of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver.
|Australia’s James Stannard was unable to stop Fijian flyer Masivesi Dakuwaqa on day two of the Vancouver Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby
Earlier in the day, Australia was defeated by Fiji in the Cup Quarter-Final, who put on a masterclass of Sevens Rugby to take the match 28-10.
Australia take 10 points for finishing in seventh in Vancouver, leaving the side in sixth position on the World Series Standings.
The Aussie 7s will return home to begin their preparation for the infamous Hong Kong Sevens, which kicks off on April 7th.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “Both games today were similar in that we created opportunities but in those key moments of execution we weren’t able to finish it off. Read more
Sunday March 12, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens are through to the Quarter Finals in Vancouver after two impressive wins against Japan and France before going down to USA in their final Pool C clash.
Young gun Liam McNamara notched a hat-trick of tries against Japan while Lachie Anderson’s star continues to rise after some dominant performances in the gold jersey.
Australia will play Fiji in a Cup Quarter-Final tomorrow, Monday March 13 at 6:14am (AEDT). Read more
Friday March 10, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.
The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to re-unite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.
A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad. Read more
Monday March 6, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen in the Fifth-Place Final against England 7-10, meaning the side finished the tournament in sixth position.
With the wind blustering at around 55km/h, conditions for expansive Rugby were extremely difficult as both teams looked to crack the opposition defence.
A try on the cusp of half-time to Nick Malouf gave Australia the lead but the men in gold were unable to hold onto to victory with England scoring a match winner as the full-time siren rung around the Ben Boyd Stadium. Read more
The Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen in the Cup Quarter Finals of the USA7s, going down to South Africa 14-17.
|Australia’s Lachie Anderson against Fiji on day two of the Las Vegas Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby
Australia were beaten by Fiji in their last Pool D clash early on Day Two, before taking on South Africa in the Cup Quarter-Final where the Aussie 7s impressed and fought hard against the current HSBC Sevens World Series leaders.
Australia will play Argentina in the Fifth Place Semi Final at 8:00am AEDT on Monday, March 6.
Men’s Sevens Coach, Andy Friend said: “In the match against Fiji we just made too many errors and gave away the ball on nine occasions. I thought we were playing good Rugby but you can’t make that many errors against such a quality side. Read more
The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in second place at the USA7s, falling to New Zealand 5-28 in the Women’s Cup Final.
Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals before knocking off Canada to earn a spot in the Cup Final. However New Zealand’s form was too much for the defending series champions, with Australia left to rue missed opportunities.
Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “We are very disappointed to finish the way we did. Credit to New Zealand, they played a detailed, mistake free game and deserved their victory. Read more
Saturday March 4, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens have made it two from two on Day One of the USA7s in Las Vegas with a brave come from behind victory over Scotland and a clinical performance against Japan which has ensured Australia will make the Quarter Finals.
Young gun, Lachie Anderson impressed throughout the two matches, scoring four tries alongside returning injured players Ed Jenkins, Nick Malouf and Tom Lucas who all added to the score sheet.
Australia will play Fiji on Sunday 5 March at 8.50am in their final Pool match to secure seedings for the Quarter Finals. Read more
Monday February 20, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Test Rugby will return to Canberra for the first time in seven years when the Wallabies host Argentina at GIO Stadium in September this year.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and ACT Government made the announcement today at the venue for the September 16 clash, to be played as part of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
The match will be the Wallabies’ fifth overall Test match in Canberra, and the first to be played in the Nation’s Capital since 2010. Read more
Sunday February 5, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team have finished a valiant fourth at the Sydney 7s – their best placing of the current World Series – with the young team showing their potential for the future after recording some remarkable wins over the last two days.
|Australia’s James Stannard is tackled during the semi final defeat to South Africa on day two of the Sydney Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima, World Rugby
The home side was buoyed by a capacity crowd at Sydney’s iconic Allianz Stadium which hosted 75,412 fans over the three-day tournament.
Andy Friend said he was delighted with the improved performance of the young Australian Sevens side, which featured nine players with less than three international caps to their name.
“I’m really proud of them, and the first-timers all impressed me,” he said. “They showed some really special touches and it wasn’t through lack of effort that we didn’t get further.” Read more