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Wallabies to play Cardiff

Monday October 19, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has confirmed the Wallabies will play Cardiff Blues on Tuesday, November 24, as part of a challenging seven-match campaign on their upcoming Spring Tour.

The midweek fixture at the new 27,000-capacity Cardiff City Stadium will fall between the Test against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, 21 November, and the showdown with Wales at Millennium Stadium on Saturday, November 28.

The game will also deliver the Wallabies an opportunity to create a significant footnote in history.

Amazingly, in six previous attempts on tour – dating back to the first ever Wallabies in 1908 – no Australian team has ever beaten Cardiff. Read more

Rugby returns to Olympic fold

Saturday October 10, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has welcomed the historic decision by the International Olympic Committee to return Rugby to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The IOC members, meeting in Copenhagen, voted overwhelmingly 81 to eight in support of Rugby Sevens after the code was one of two recommended by the Executive Board for inclusion in Brazil.

Golf was also accepted into the Games with a supporting vote of 63 to 27.

“This is a wonderful moment for our game, and a momentous decision by the IOC,” said ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill. Read more

Wallabies named for Grand Slam Tour

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

Seven uncapped players have been included among the 35-man Wallabies squad announced today for the 2009 Spring Tour, among a travelling party which also includes a new captain, Rocky Elsom, and vice captain, in Berrick Barnes.

The tour, which kicks off at the end of the month in Japan, will incorporate Australia’s first attempt at a Grand Slam of the four British Home Unions in 25 years.

While Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson and NSW Waratahs utility back Kurtley Beale had been involved within the Wallabies set-up during the Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series earlier in the year, the tour will represent the first Wallabies’ involvements for five others.

These are Queensland Reds halfback Richard Kingi, NSW Waratahs midfield back Rob Horne, Brumbies blindside flanker Mitchell Chapman, NSW Waratahs lock Dave Dennis and ACT Brumbies prop Salesi Ma’afu. Read more

2010 Rugby Tri Nations draw announced

Thursday October 8, 2009 by  

The Wallabies will play the All Blacks in Sydney and Melbourne, and take on the Springboks in Brisbane, as part of the 2010 Bundaberg Rum Tri Nations series.

SANZAR today confirmed the draw for next year’s triangular tournament involving the three highest-placed countries on the official IRB world rankings.

The Wallabies will open their six-match Bundaberg Rum Tri Nations campaign on home soil, playing the world champions South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, July 24.

The match will be the Springboks’ third in succession on the road after opening their tournament schedule with two games against the All Blacks in New Zealand. Read more

Australia’s challenging start to Sevens campaign

Tuesday October 6, 2009 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team will have a challenging start to their IRB Sevens World Series campaign. They will meet defending Series champions South Africa in the Pool rounds at the Dubai Sevens (December 4-5), the first stop on the 2009/10 Series tour.

In these crucial pool matches, Australia will also come up against the Arabian Gulf and Wales – the current IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens champions.

The Dubai tournament will be played at “The Sevens,” Dubai’s purpose-built sporting venue, which staged last year’s event and the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens for both men and women in March.

Last season Australia placed eighth on the overall Series standings. However, for the 11th year of the Sevens World Series they are determined to better this result. Read more

Wallabies to play Gloucester

Monday September 28, 2009 by  

The Wallabies have added further historical overtones to their Grand Slam tour of the UK and Ireland by agreeing to play a midweek match against English club side Gloucester.

The match will be staged on Tuesday, November 3, just three days after a ground-breaking Bledisloe Cup game in Tokyo and four days before the Wallabies open their first Grand Slam campaign in 25 years against England at Twickenham.

It will also be the first time an Australian national team has played at Kingsholm – home ground of Gloucester Rugby – since the inaugural Wallabies beat county side Gloucestershire 16-3 during their famous 1908-09 tour.

Those initial Wallabies left Sydney by steamship 101 years ago without a moniker and known only as the Australian Rugby Union team. Read more

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