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Aussie Men’s Sevens through to Sydney Quarter Finals

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has qualified for the Sydney 7s Quarter Finals against Wales after finishing second in Pool C with victories over Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

Australia will play Wales at 1.04pm AEDT tomorrow as the side continues their campaign to win their home tournament.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “You saw what Wales did to Fiji today so we know they are a quality side. We had a good win against them last week in Wellington but we also know that every game and tournament is different so they’ll be tough tomorrow. Read more

Aussie Women finish fourth at Sydney 7s

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in fourth at the Sydney 7s after falling in the Semi Finals to arch rivals Canada and New Zealand in the Third Placed Playoff.

Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals but some handling errors and missed opportunities cost the home side in front of a capacity Allianz Stadium crowd.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach,Tim Walsh lamented his team’s missed opportunity after the semi-final loss to Canada: “It was a devastating way to finish. It was a fantastic atmosphere to perform today. We gave it everything but it wasn’t good enough. We made some crucial errors and got punished for it. Read more

Aussie 7s Women soar through to Quarter Finals

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team have qualified for the Quarter Finals with three wins from three at the Sydney 7s on Friday. The tournament is the first-time Australia’s Golden Girls have played at a World Rugby Series event on home soil.

Australia overcame Brazil, Ireland and Fiji to book a place in the Quarter Final against Fiji in a rematch of their thrilling final Pool B match on day one. The rematch between the two sides will kick off on Kippax Field at 10.44am AEDT.

Australia started the day slowly but built into impressive form for the home fans with Emilee Cherry and Ellia Green scoring three tries a piece. Read more

Injury hit Aussie Sevens finish Wellington in 10th

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Wellington Sevens in 10th position with two wins out of a possible three on day two of competition.

Australia started day two with a tight 17-14 win over Samoa, before accounting for Wales 24-10 to make the Challenge Trophy Final. An injury hit Australia fell at the final hurdle going down to Kenya 17-19 to finish Wellington in 10th position.

Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys and the whole team. Read more

Australia outclassed by experience

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The young Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen to Sevens powerhouses Fiji and South Africa on Day One of the Wellington Sevens but finished the day on a winning note with victory over Japan.

Australia’s Henry Hutchison evades Jasa Veremalua of Fiji to score on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lee/KLC Fotos, World Rugby

An injury to Boyd Killingworth added to the Aussie7s injury woes with Club Captain Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Australia will play in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals against the fourth placed finishers in Pool C on Sunday.

Head Coach Andy Friend: “I thought Fiji was the big game we wanted to target. Going up 12-5 at half time, we had the chance to really take the opportunities to win the match. They took their chances like we knew they would and they over powered us in the end which was disappointing. Read more

Phipps re-signs until the end of 2019

Wednesday January 25, 2017 by  

Experienced scrumhalf Nick Phipps has pledged his future to Australian Rugby, re-signing with the ARU and New South Wales Waratahs until the end of 2019.

The 52-Test veteran has elected to stay in Sydney for a further two years and now has a chance to push for selection in what would be his third World Cup come Japan 2019.

The 28-year old played in 13 of the Wallabies 15 Tests in 2016, sharing the number nine jersey with Will Genia. Read more

Wallabies and Japan to clash in 2017

Thursday December 15, 2016 by  

The Wallabies will visit Japan next November to take on the Cherry Blossoms, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced today.

The November 4 fixture will be the first Test match played on Japanese soil between the two nations, who have met on four previous occasions dating back to 1975.

ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “This Test match will be an historic occasion as the Wallabies play their first Test match against Japan on Japanese soil, less than two years before Japan hosts its first ever Rugby World Cup in 2019. Read more

Australia stumble on day two of Cape Town 7s

Sunday December 11, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have had a disappointing day at the Cape Town Sevens, losing to Argentina in the Challenge Trophy Semi Final on day two.

Australia’s Jesse Parahi takes on the USA defence at the Cape Town World Sevens Series tournament.
Photo courtesy of Christiaan Kotze/SASPA, World Rugby

Australia started the day with a strong victory of Rugby minnow, Uganda (42-12) but the injury affected Australian side didn’t apply critical pressure on Argentina when they had the advantage, which allowed the South Americans to come back in the match.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “We are very disappointed with the whole weekend.

“We made too many simple errors in our game against Argentina. When we should be showing composure, we’re not. We are not working together as a unit at the moment which is disappointing. Read more

Perth to host first ever Bledisloe Cup Test in 2019

Wednesday December 7, 2016 by  

Perth Stadium will play host to the state’s first ever Bledisloe Cup match when the Wallabies and New Zealand clash at the new 60,000-capacity Western Australian venue in 2019.

The 2019 Rugby Championship fixture will be the only Bledisloe Cup Test played in Australia that year before the two countries embark on their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan.

ARU CEO, Bill Pulver said: “We are very proud to be bringing Western Australia its first ever Bledisloe Cup Test and are very grateful for the support of the WA Government, through Tourism Western Australia, which has enabled us to make this historic match a reality. Read more

Wallabies fall to England at Twickenham

Sunday December 4, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been unable to end England’s run of victories in 2016 falling at Twickenham 21-37 in London on Sunday morning.

Despite early dominance by Australia, England was able to work their way into the match, leaving the Wallabies to rue missed opportunities in the opening half.

In the frequently brutal Test match, England were forced to use everything in their arsenal to overcome a committed Wallabies outfit, that fought to the very end of proceedings. Read more