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Friend appointed Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach

Tuesday January 5, 2016 by  

The Australian Sevens program has named Andy Friend as the national Men’s Sevens Head Coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Andy Friend named head coach of the Aussie Men’s Sevens team.
Photo courtesy of ARU Media

Friend will join the Australian Sevens program from Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath at the conclusion of the current Japan Top League season later this month.

Prior to his four seasons in Japan, the 46-year-old was previously in charge of the ACT Brumbies, Head Coach at English Premiership club Harlequins, coaching assistant at the NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies and was part of the Wallabies coaching set-up in 2002 and 2003.

Current interim boss Scott Bowen and the coaching staff at the Australian Sevens centralised base in Narrabeen will prepare the team in the lead up to the Wellington and Sydney legs of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series. Read more

Australian Rugby announces new media rights arrangements

Thursday December 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced new and significantly improved media rights arrangements for 2016-2020 which will enable the code to re-energise the game at grassroots level and invest in key strategic areas to ensure its future health and prosperity.

The ARU will receive a total of AUD $285m in media rights revenue from the total package of SANZAAR agreements – a 148% increase on revenue achieved from the previous media rights arrangements (2011-15).

Fox Sports will continue its proud partnership with Rugby after retaining the Australian rights for Test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition which will for the first time feature teams from Argentina and Japan in 2016. Read more

Aussies finish seventh in Cape Town

Monday December 14, 2015 by  

Back-to-back defeats on Finals day has consigned the Australian Men’s Sevens team to seventh place in Cape Town overnight.

Australia lost to hosts and eventual winners South Africa (25-5) in the Cup Quarter-Final and then fell well short against World Series Champions Fiji (38-19) in the Plate Semi-Final.

Australian Men’s Sevens interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “After the results we had yesterday everyone was looking forward to playing the host nation in front of an awesome crowd in a great stadium. However, this game is unforgiving and there is very little room for error against the very top sides. Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens finish sixth at Dubai

Sunday December 6, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side has ended the Dubai Sevens in sixth after narrow defeats to the countries that finished first and second in last year’s World Series.

Australia fell short against Fiji (19-12) in the Cup Quarter-Final before beating Samoa (28-10) in the Plate Semi-Final. Their campaign in the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series ended with defeat to South Africa in sudden death extra-time (19-14).

Australian Men’s interim Head Coach Scott Bowen said: “Even though the end result was disappointing it was probably fair. I thought the game against Fiji was a lost opportunity. We had a plan on how we wanted to play the game which worked well but we couldn’t execute at crucial times. Being the side they are, Fiji capitalised on that. Read more

Late defeat for Aussies on day one in Dubai

Saturday December 5, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has booked a date with Fiji in the Dubai Sevens Cup Quarter-Final, to be played later today (Saturday).

Wins over Kenya (14-12) and Wales (43-0) confirmed a spot in the last eight of the first round of the 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series, but defeat to England (5-21) consigned Australia to a match against the current World Series champions.

Australian Men’s interim coach Scott Bowen said: “We had a slow start against Kenya and we struggled to get hold of the ball. But we did show good composure and belief to hit back twice with only three minutes left on the clock. Read more

Australia’s golden girls claim Dubai crown in style

Friday December 4, 2015 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has laid down a huge marker with the Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon by winning the Dubai Sevens title in stunning fashion.

Emma Tonegato runs away from France in the semi final of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series opening round in Dubai.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby

Tim Walsh’s side lead the fledgling HSBC Women’s World Series after going undefeated throughout the entire two-day event at The Sevens Stadium.

Wins over New Zealand (15-12) and France (26-0) on Day Two preceded a brilliant Cup Final display against a previously red-hot Russia (31-12) as Australia took out their second Dubai title in three years.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “The entire Women’s program deserves this result. We’ve trained hard over the past three years but particularly over the past three or four months.

“It was our day today but it was by no means a fluke. We showed composure and an ability to solve problems on our feet – just like we did in the Cup Final when we fell behind early in the second half. Read more

Australian Men’s Sevens team seal Rio 2016 berth

Sunday November 15, 2015 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has become the tenth team to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Australians defeated Tonga 50-0 in a one-sided Cup Final at the Oceania Rugby Olympic Qualification tournament at The Trusts Arena in Auckland this afternoon.

The green and gold stunned Tonga – who earlier had shocked a much-fancied Samoan side in the Semi-Finals – as they dominated the decider from start to finish. Read more

Wallabies to embark on historic 2016 Grand Slam Tour

Friday November 13, 2015 by  

After falling one win short of a Rugby World Cup triumph, the Wallabies will return to the northern hemisphere next Spring for a history-making shot at the ‘Grand Slam’.

The Australian Rugby Union today announced a five-Test, seven-match Spring Tour for 2016, beginning on November 5.

Not since the Alan Jones-coached and Andrew Slack-captained 1984 Wallabies has an Australian side been successful in conquering the four home nations of Britain and Ireland on the same tour. Read more

Cheika named World Rugby Coach of the Year

Monday November 2, 2015 by  

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been recognised for his rapid transformation of the national team with the World Rugby Coach of the Year Award at tonight’s World Rugby Awards dinner in London.

Cheika took over the Wallabies’ reins less than a year out from the World Cup, on the eve of the team’s 2014 Spring Tour, which they finished with one win from four matches.

Splitting the role with the NSW Waratahs head coaching job during the Super Rugby season, Cheika worked to build a whole squad mentality with regular player briefings during the season. Read more

Wallabies fight to the end in defeat to New Zealand

Sunday November 1, 2015 by  

The Wallabies finished Rugby World Cup 2015 runners-up at Twickenham on Saturday, despite a gallant defensive effort against New Zealand in their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, ultimately defeated 34-17 in a match that lived up to its lofty expectations.

After a gruelling run through the tournament, the Wallabies had to put up one more fight and they drew on everything in front of a sold-out Twickenham Stadium.

Narrowing an 18-point deficit to just four midway through the second half, the Wallabies never stopped competing in yet another brutal contest. Tries to David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani during a 10-minute surge during the second half in the end was not enough to stop the New Zealanders from claiming back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles. Read more