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Wallabies prevail in Edinburgh thriller

Sunday November 13, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have escaped Murrayfield Stadium with a dramatic one-point victory over Scotland, keeping their Grand Slam hopes alive in a 23-22 cliffhanger.

A try to centre Tevita Kuridrani with five minutes left on the clock was the decisive play in the match, after a first half double from 22-year-old Scotland centre Huw Jones had the home side ahead 17-10 at the break.

Kuridrani atoned for an earlier miss on Jones which led to the Scotsman’s second try, reaching out to score next to the posts in the 75th minute with the Wallabies down a man with Will Skelton in the sin bin. Read more

Wallabies start Grand Slam with Cardiff victory

Sunday November 6, 2016 by  

Australia have defeated Wales 32-8 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday morning getting their Grand Slam tour off to a winning start.

The Wallabies have now won 12 in a row against Wales, maintaining a perfect record against the Dragons from 2009.

Australia dominated possession and territory running in five tries to Wales’ one as the Wallabies dismantled the Welsh defence in the first half and finished well in the second. Read more

Historic afternoons set for Wallabies June Series

Thursday November 3, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today announced the schedule for the three-match June Test Series for 2017, where the Wallabies will host Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

Each of the three Tests, to be played at Melbourne’s AAMI Park, Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, will kick off at 3pm AEST in a move to make the matches more appealing for families.

It will be the first time in Australia since the beginning of the professional era that all three matches in the mid-year Test window will be played in the afternoon. Read more

Hooper wins 2016 John Eales Medal

Thursday October 27, 2016 by  

Wallabies vice-captain and flanker Michael Hooper has claimed the 2016 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second time. Hooper’s standout season saw the 24-year-old score four tries for the Wallabies in 2016 to be named Australia’s Man of the Match in three out of the six domestic Tests.

Hooper was the clear leader of the ‘player’s player’ 3-2-1 votes tally, amassing 296 points during the designated period from the pre-World Cup USA Test on 5 September 2015 to the final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand on 22 October 2016.

Despite injuries this year, David Pocock’s incredible World Cup campaign elevated him to second position with 189 votes, finishing ahead of Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Israel Folau who rounded out the top five. Read more

Spirit win NRC Grand Final cliffhanger

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship has crowned a new champion as Perth Spirit ran out 20-16 winners over NSW Country Eagles in an enthralling contest at a chilly Scully Park in Tamworth on Saturday night.

Fuelled by a stirring defensive effort, the West Australians secured their first title in front of an enthusiastic country crowd which was hoping to see the minor premiers come away with the spoils.

Both sides got away to a strong start but it was Perth Spirit, playing in their second NRC Grand Final in three years, who looked set to claim first points when Richard Hardwick barged over in the 13th minute, only to be denied in a desperate tackle by Eagles winger Reece Robinson to prevent the backrower from grounding the ball. Read more

Wallabies denied in Auckland

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been denied in Auckland after falling 37-10 to New Zealand in a match which featured a huge momentum swing in the early stages of the second half.

Trailing by five points shortly after the break, Australia was refused a match-levelling try by the TMO when Dane Haylett-Petty was ruled to have impeded a would-be defender behind the play. From there, the All Blacks scored 22 unanswered points to streak away the win – a world record 18th Test victory in a row.

The Wallabies had an early opportunity to draw first blood but Bernard Foley pushed his penalty goal attempt wide inside the opening four minutes. Read more

Fiji to enter NRC in 2017

Friday October 14, 2016 by  

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

Wallabies defeat Argentina to finish second

Sunday October 9, 2016 by  

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

Wallabies suffer narrow defeat in Pretoria

Sunday October 2, 2016 by  

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

2017 Super Rugby Draw Announced

Tuesday September 20, 2016 by  

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