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

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