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ARU submits application for Melbourne

Friday September 25, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has today submitted the application for Melbourne to become the 15th Super Rugby team when the SANZAR competition expands in 2011.

The document has been lodged with SANZAR in accordance with the deadline laid down in a process which will lead to the announcement of the successful applicant on October 21.

There are two competitors for the additional Super Rugby licence – ARU representing Melbourne and the South African Rugby Union representing the Southern Kings from the Eastern Cape.

Both are seeking the sole vacancy in a revamped competition structure where a three-Conference format will apply. Read more

2010 Inbound Tour program announced

Monday September 21, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has today announced the 2010 Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series Test schedule with the Wallabies facing a series of challenges over a four-Test campaign in June.

The BRRS will open with a match against 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalist Fiji at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, June 5.

The following week will see the Wallabies kick off a two-Test showdown with England at Subiaco Oval in Perth.

The second game against the 2003 Rugby World Cup champions will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, June 19. Read more

Wallabies unchanged for Tri-Nations finale

Tuesday September 15, 2009 by  

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and winger Lachie Turner have both been passed fit and will play in Saturday night’s concluding Bundaberg Rum Tri Nations Series Test against New Zealand at Wellington.

The New South Wales pair were today named in the squad that will travel to New Zealand tomorrow, although their Waratahs team-mate, utility back Kurtley Beale, will travel also as cover as the 23rd man.

Both Polota-Nau and Turner, who suffered rib injuries during last week’s 21-6 win over South Africa, have responded well to treatment in order to prove their fitness for selection.

Polota-Nau trained with no discomfort during today’s full contact session – fulfilling the requirement in order to be named in the starting line-up. Read more

ARU encourages Argentina in Four Nations bid

Monday September 14, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has encouraged Argentina to continue the hard work required to meet the SANZAR conditions that would allow the Pumas entry to a Four Nations Championship from 2012.

SANZAR has today issued a conditional invitation for the South Americans to join the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks in an expanded Southern Hemisphere Test series the year after the next Rugby World Cup.

It is a move that would increase the Southern Hemisphere competition from nine games (where each team currently plays the other two on three occasions) to 12 games where each country would play the other three twice (home and away).

SANZAR envisages that the Four Nations would be played over an eight to nine week period with each country playing six matches. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa already play six games each in the Tri Nations. Read more

Wallabies make changes for Brisbane

Tuesday September 1, 2009 by  

Queensland Reds halfback Will Genia and Western Force openside flanker David Pocock have been handed maiden Tri Nations starting roles, among the key changes to the Wallabies side named today for Saturday night’s Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

The pair are among five personnel alterations to the starting combination from last weekend’s match against the same opponent in Perth, with the others seeing Berrick Barnes return from injury in the place of Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell slot in for Peter Hynes on the wing, while Tatafu Polota-Nau takes over from Stephen Moore in the front row.

After being forced to miss the last Test due to the effects of a head knock suffered in the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney two weeks ago, Barnes has proved his fitness and been reinstated.

He returns at inside centre, with Adam Ashley-Cooper shifting out one backline slot from last week to take over from Cross at centre. Read more

Victoria has not been “Spurned”

Friday August 28, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union wishes to clarify its position on the Melbourne bid for the 15th Super Rugby licence following a newspaper report this morning headlined “ARU spurns Victoria in Super deal”.

To avoid further media confusion the ARU Board has endorsed, and continues to support, Melbourne as its preferred location for the additional Super Rugby team when SANZAR expands the competition in 2011.

Therefore, ARU rejects any notion that Victoria has been spurned. To the contrary, ARU has embraced Melbourne.

Any suggestion ARU had turned its back on Melbourne could only have been leveled if Western Sydney or Gold Coast had been nominated as the preferred Australian location. Read more

Melbourne selected as a Super 15 contender

Wednesday August 12, 2009 by  

Melbourne has won endorsement from the ARU Board as Australia’s sole contender for the 15th Super Rugby licence.

The hugely-popular provincial competition will expand by one team in 2011 with the SANZAR joint venture to decide later this year on where the new side will be established.

While the 15th team will play in the Australian Conference as part of a revamped and extended Super Rugby format, interested parties in South Africa and New Zealand are also bidding to have the side based within their national boundaries. Read more

Bledisloe Cup Test confirmed for Tokyo

Tuesday June 30, 2009 by  

Asia will again be the venue for a fourth Bledisloe Cup Test this year with Japan to host a showdown between the Wallabies and the All Blacks on October 31.

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed today at a media conference it will stage the match at the National Stadium in Tokyo – centrepiece of the 1964 Olympic Games and with a capacity of more than 57,000.

Confirmation follows several months of negotiation between the Japan Rugby Football Union, their commercial agents Dentsu, and the Australian and New Zealand Rugby Unions.

ARU Deputy Chief Executive Matt Carroll, in Tokyo for the announcement, said taking another Bledisloe Cup Test to the bigger commercial markets in Asia and developing not only the game’s profile but the brand of the Wallabies and the All Blacks, was an exciting initiative for all involved. Read more

Wallabies open 2011 RWC in Christchurch

Thursday March 12, 2009 by  

The Wallabies will kick off their campaign at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand with a match against Italy in Christchurch – the South Island city where the family of Australian coach Robbie Deans was among the first settlers and where he guided the Crusaders to five Super Rugby titles.

The match schedule for the seventh staging of the third largest sporting event in the world was announced today in Auckland, with the tournament’s opening game to feature host nation New Zealand against Tonga at Eden Park on Friday, September 9.

Australia had already been drawn in Pool C alongside Ireland, Italy and yet to be determined qualifiers in Europe 2 and Americas 2.

The dates and venues for showdowns with those opponents have now been confirmed, with the Australians playing twice in Christchurch either side of matches in Auckland and Wellington. Read more