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Wallabies advance to Rugby World Cup Final

Monday October 26, 2015 by  

An Adam Ashley-Cooper hat-trick helped send the Wallabies into their fourth Rugby World Cup Final, as they beat Argentina 29-15 in a tense Semi-Final at Twickenham on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Australia have set up an epic showdown with New Zealand at Twickenham next Saturday (Sunday, 3am AEDT) in the first decider between the two nations, with a record third Webb Ellis trophy on offer for the victor.

The three-try performance, which also came with 58 metres and two clean breaks, earned the 113-Test veteran Ashley-Cooper man of the match honours and helped stave off a spirited performance from Los Pumas who once again chanced their arm in attack. Read more

Wallabies book Semi Finals berth after last gasp victory

Monday October 19, 2015 by  

A last-minute Bernard Foley penalty has sent the Wallabies into their sixth Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, where they will meet Argentina after a heart-stopping 35-34 win over Scotland.

Foley missed some difficult chances with the boot in the opening half but as the heavens opened up on Twickenham he found his radar, with a penalty goal inside the last 60 seconds of the match sealing a high-scoring Quarter-Final encounter which had five lead changes throughout.

A Mark Bennett intercept try looked like spelling the end of Australia’s tournament with just six minutes left as Greig Laidlaw converted the try to put the Scots two points up, before Foley’s penalty shot. Read more

Wallabies overcome Wales in gripping Pool A decider

Sunday October 11, 2015 by  

Australia will meet Scotland in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals after a 15-6 win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday night.

The Wallabies will meet Pool B runner-up Scotland at Twickenham in a knock-out final eight match next Sunday (Monday 2am AEDT), after clinching their pool with the victory.

Renowned for their pace and width in attack, it was a phenomenal defensive effort from the Wallabies that proved defining in the win and saw them scale the summit of the so-called “Pool of Death”. Read more

Wallabies outclass England for third straight Cup win

Sunday October 4, 2015 by  

Australia sealed a Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-finals berth with a 33-13 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday night, ending the host’s tournament in the pool stages.

The visitors set up the win with an almost flawless first half performance and carried a 17-3 advantage into the break on the back of a Bernard Foley double.

Things didn’t go all the Wallabies’ way, when a 17-point deficit early in the second half was narrowed to just seven with 15 minutes to play. Read more

New battle lines drawn under the Rising Sun

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

SANZAR today confirmed that Super Rugby is set for its most significant evolution yet with four conferences, three new teams, two new countries and a brand new trophy for the 2016 season.

New look trophy and 2016 Super Rugby draw has been released.
Photo courtesy of ARU Media

The 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby Draw, released today along with the unveiling of a new trophy for the competition, was packed with highlights for Australian Rugby fans.

This year fans will be treated to more Super Rugby than ever before, with a regular season consisting of 135 matches (up from 120 matches in 2015) and an eight-team finals series featuring seven crucial Finals matches including the Asteron Life Super Rugby Final.

The next chapter of the toughest and most exciting provincial rugby competition on earth begins with a double-header on Friday February 26 as the Highlanders begin their title defence against the Blues in Auckland before the Brumbies host the Hurricanes to cap an enormous opening night involving three of last year’s four semi-finalists. Read more

Wallabies post eleven tries in thumping of Uruguay

Sunday September 27, 2015 by  

Drew Mitchell made the most of his starting opportunity, becoming Australia’s most prolific World Cup try-scorer as the Wallabies notched a 65-3 win over Uruguay at Birmingham’s Villa Park on Sunday.

Mitchell, Ben McCalman and Sean McMahon all scored doubles in a match where the Wallabies produced moments of sizzling attack, producing the highest score of the tournament thus far. With the victory, the Wallabies climbed to the top of Pool A, joining Wales on 9 points after collecting their first bonus-point win of the tournament.

Two tries in four minutes in the second half made Mitchell the nation’s most prolific World Cup try-scorer with his 12th five-pointer, overtaking Chris Latham. Read more

Wallabies open campaign with win over Fiji

Thursday September 24, 2015 by  

David Pocock proved it doesn’t matter what number he wears on his back, with a scintillating first-half performance setting up a 28-13 Wallabies Rugby World Cup victory over Fiji at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Pocock turned in a man of the match performance at number eight, including two first-half tries off the back of rolling mauls.

Australia’s strong opening half set up the win over the Flying Fijians, as they joined England and Wales as first-up winners in Pool A. Read more

Wallabies overpower spirited Eagles in Chicago

Sunday September 6, 2015 by  

The Wallabies have run out 47-10 winners over the USA Eagles in an historic Test match at Soldier Field, Chicago on Sunday morning (Australian time).

In energy-sapping conditions the Wallabies responded in emphatic fashion in the second half after a tight first half where the Americans fought back after conceding two early tries to trail by just four points at the break.

A man of the match performance from Wallabies flanker Sean McMahon helped the vistors to overpower their rivals in what was a spirited display from the home side in front of a vocal Chicago crowd. Read more

Folau becomes first to win consecutive John Eales Medals

Thursday August 27, 2015 by  

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has claimed the 2015 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second consecutive year.

In just his third year in the code, Folau’s meteoric rise in Rugby has continued as he becomes just the third player in the 14-year history of the John Eales Medal to collect the major award for a second time, joining George Smith (2002, 2008) and Nathan Sharpe (2007, 2012).

At a packed gala dinner at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, the ARU celebrated and acknowledged the men and women in the Australian Rugby community – players, coaches, fans, match officials and administrators – for their dedication, commitment and outstanding performance. Read more

Cheika names 31-Man Wallabies Squad for RWC 2015

Friday August 21, 2015 by  

In front of a packed gallery in the Qantas Hangar at Sydney Airport, Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika has announced his squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Comprising 17 forwards and 14 backs, and with over 1,200 Test caps between them, the Wallabies squad will be captained by Stephen Moore in his third consecutive Rugby World Cup.

2003 Rugby World Cup finalist Matt Giteau and Wallabies Vice-Captain Adam Ashley-Cooper will join Moore in their third Rugby World Cup campaign. Read more