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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
Monday March 7, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen agonisingly short of winning the Las Vegas Sevens after losing to world series leaders Fiji.
Australia saw off South Africa (14-12) in a bruising Cup Semi-Final before Fiji staged a second-half fightback to take all 22 Sevens World Series points on offer (21-15) in another memorable Final.
After finishing runners-up in Sydney last month, Australia’s Cup Final appearance in the USA was the first back-to-back tournament deciders it has reached since May 2010. Read more
Sunday March 6, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens scintillating form in Las Vegas has seen them set up a Cup Semi-Final blockbuster against South Africa (tomorrow morning AEDT).
Andy Friend’s charges swept aside the challenge of England (36-7) in Pool B before seeing off Argentina (26-12) in the Cup Quarter-Finals.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Yesterday I was really impressed with our ball carrying and our attack and today it was our defence that won the day. The boys worked really hard and backed each other up all the time. Read more
Saturday March 5, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens team has won its opening two games of the Las Vegas Sevens to clinch a spot in tomorrow’s Cup Quarter-Finals.
Healthy Pool B wins over Scotland (26-0) and Japan (35-5) saw Australia book a place in the last eight with one group game – against old adversaries England – to play.
Day One at the Sam Boyd Stadium was also notable for the long-awaited Sevens debut of Wallaby wizard Quade Cooper as well as returning forward Pat McCutcheon. Read more
Monday February 22, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Women’s Sevens team finished undefeated at the Sao Paulo Sevens, after dominating against Canada to win the final 29-0.
After back to back victories on the Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai and Sao Paulo, Australia now sits 12 points clear of their closest rival, New Zealand in the World Series standings with three more tournaments to play before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games kick off in August.
Australia’s defence was crucial to the tournament victory with the Aussie side not conceding any tries in all three finals matches on day two. Read more