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Saturday January 28, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday January 25, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Thursday December 15, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Sunday December 11, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Wednesday December 7, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
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
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Dubai Sevens tournament in fifth position with victories over New Zealand and Scotland rounding out a solid day for Andy Friend’s young squad.
|Australia’s James Stannard avoids Japan’s advances on day one of 2016/17 Dubai World Rugby Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Micheal Lee/Taiwan Mike, World Rugby
Australia fell in their Cup Quarter Final against Wales but made amends for that loss with a 20-12 victory over the All Blacks Sevens side and the in-form Scotland 19-12.
The Aussie 7s Men’s squad will now head to Cape Town for the second leg of the Sevens World Series.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend: “We were really disappointed this morning with that performance to Wales. Credit to Wales they are a good aside and they played better than us and they took their chances. Read more
Sunday November 27, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
An electrifying second half resurgence hasn’t been enough to keep Australia’s hopes of a Grand Slam alive after a 24-27 defeat to a spirited Ireland at Aviva Stadium.
The home side starved the Wallabies of possession in the first half, holding the ball for over 80% of the time. Adding to that, over three-quarters of the opening stanza was played in the Australians’ half as Ireland raced out to a 17-0 lead.
A stunner on the stroke of half time to Dane Haylett-Petty, and two futher tries would give the Wallabies the lead midway through the second half, but a 66th minute try to Ireland winger Keith Earls proved to be the match-winner in a superb contest. Read more
Friday November 25, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallaby XV have fallen to the French Barbarians side 19-11 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Friday morning in front of a 30,028 crowd.
In an historic match for Australian Rugby, the Wallaby XV showcased the past, present and future of the Wallabies, being comprised of former Australian Internationals currently plying their trade in Europe, promising young Wallabies squad members and a range of up-and-coming players with the potential to push for selection in the national team. Read more
Sunday November 20, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies showed their mettle to overcome a spirited French outfit 25-23 in a nail-biting match at Stade de France this morning.
David Pocock, leading the Wallabies as captain for the first time since 2012, was instrumental in the victory forcing crucial turnovers and halting the French attack with his brick-wall defence.
The Wallabies won 12 turnovers compared to France’s six, outshining the French in their commitment for the ball. The French however won the offloads tally, racking up 26, as their adventurous backline showed lightning pace and flair to slice through the Wallabies defence on several occasions. Read more