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Friday October 14, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Rugby Union, Fiji Rugby Union and World Rugby have today announced that a Fiji-based team will enter Australia’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship competition in 2017.
Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama joined ARU CEO Bill Pulver at ARU headquarters in Sydney today to deliver the historic news.
The Fiji team will comprise locally-based players from Fiji’s national second XV, ‘Fiji Warriors’ and will play all of its home matches in Fiji. Read more
Sunday October 9, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have defeated Argentina at Twickenham in London 33-21, finishing the 2016 Rugby Championship in second place behind New Zealand.
The match was the first time a Rugby Championship Test had been played in the Northern Hemisphere and continued Australia’s excellent recent record at Twickenham with five wins out of six at the venue since the beginning of last year’s Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies Captain, Stephen Moore said: “It was a very important game for us. We have a lot of young guys in this team who probably haven’t played at this stadium before. I think they learned a lot from tonight. Read more
Sunday October 2, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have been held out by a desperate South Africa to suffer a narrow 18-10 defeat at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
In a tight defensive struggle, the boot of Morne Steyn proved the difference between the two sides as the veteran flyhalf piloted four penalty goals and two drop goals to register all of the home side’s points.
The Wallabies scored the lone try of the contest, to prop Scott Sio in the opening quarter of the match, but failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and ultimately would fall frustratingly short of a maiden win at the notorious venue. Read more
Tuesday September 20, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
After a global audience of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over two million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby competition will kick off on Thursday February 23 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.
In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes. Read more
Saturday September 17, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have defeated Argentina 36 to 20 in front of 16, 202 fans at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday night with scrumhalf Will Genia scoring two tries for Australia in a man of the match performance.
The bonus point victory was built on defence as the Wallabies capitalised on their opportunities to record their 20th win over the Pumas in 26 meetings between the two nations.
The men in gold were able to improve again on their last start victory over the Springboks in Brisbane and will be buoyed for their return matches against South Africa and Argentina (in London) to close out their 2016 Rugby Championship campaign. Read more
Saturday September 10, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have emerged victorious in a tough encounter against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight, retaining the Mandela Challenge Plate with a 23-17 victory.
In front of a crowd of 30,327, Australia and South Africa scored two tries apiece but the precise boot of Bernard Foley proved the difference with his 100% success rate from five opportunities.
In a game that was full of end-to-end Rugby, both sides were adventurous in attack with the Australian halves pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper in particular lighting up the field. Ultimately, it was the Wallabies committed defence that saw them hold on to the lead, as they halted South Africa on their line on several occasions and forced crucial turnovers. Read more
Saturday August 27, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have suffered back-to-back defeats to New Zealand after falling 29-9 in a heated battle at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.
The men in gold came out with renewed energy and commitment following their record defeat in Sydney a week prior, matching the All Blacks physically through the opening exchanges.
In a fiery first half, the Wallabies set the tone with their defensive aggression and remained in the thick of the contest throughout the forty minutes despite conceding a double to New Zealand fullback Israel Dagg. Read more
Saturday August 20, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Wallabies have suffered a 42-8 defeat to a rampant New Zealand in The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in front of 65,328 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.
First half injuries to Matt Giteau (ankle), Matt Toomua (head) and Rob Horne (arm) depleted the home side, while the visitors looked slick from the opening whistle, running in four tries in the opening stanza to take an unassailable 32-3 lead into the break.
Crucially, all three players who left the field injured for the Wallabies – Giteau in the 10th minute, Toomua (30th) and Horne (39th) were all playing at inside centre at the time. Read more
Monday March 14, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
A largely inexperienced Australian Men’s Sevens squad has finished the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in a highly creditable third place.
Coming into the tournament with seven players in its squad with five World Series caps or less, Australia defeated Scotland (24-17) in the Cup Quarter-Finals before losing to New Zealand in the Semis (28-19). However, Australia roused themselves to stun current world champions Fiji in the 3rd Place Play Off (19-12).
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We had to show unbelievable character in that last game [against Fiji]. I’m not too sure how we stayed in the contest but you either have that level of courage, or you don’t, and we had it in spades. Read more
Sunday March 13, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has safely qualified for the last eight at the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens after topping Pool B in Vancouver.
Andy Friend’s side clinically disposed of Russia (43-5) first up but fell at the death to tournament hosts Canada (14-12). Needing to win by a 12-point margin or more, Australia were in scintillating form to destroy the previously unbeaten Wales (49-14).
By qualifying as top seeds, the Aussies booked a Cup Quarter-Final date with Scotland at the sold out BC Stadium tomorrow morning (AEDT). Read more