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Wallabies to play USA Eagles at Chicago

Tuesday May 12, 2015 by  

The Wallabies’ final preparations before England will include a two week tour of the USA and a historic match against the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday 5 September.

The match will be the Wallabies’ first Test in the USA in almost 40 years and will be just the forth time Australia has played on US soil.

The Wallabies played against the USA for the first time ever in a tour match in Berkeley in 1912, a game which was not classified as a Test. Australia played their maiden Test match against the Eagles in Los Angeles in 1976, in a game that marked the Eagles’ first ever Test on the world stage. Read more

Wallabies finish RWC ranked Second

Tuesday October 25, 2011 by  

The Wallabies have ended Rugby World Cup 2011 ranked second on the International Rugby Board’s official world rankings after defeating Wales last Friday night in the Bronze Medal match.

Only the undefeated tournament winners and host nation New Zealand are ahead of Tri Nations champions Australia on the world rankings.

The Wallabies maintained their world ranking after starting the year in second spot, apart from a period of less than a month lying third behind the All Blacks and Springboks. Read more

Lapasset Hails “Exceptional” Rugby World Cup

Monday October 24, 2011 by  

Rugby World Cup 2011 has been hailed an “exceptional event” and an “outstanding success” by Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

The Frenchman also stated that the tournament has achieved the key goals of furthering the profile of Rugby and New Zealand around the world.

New Zealand’s 8-7 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final brought down the curtain on a tournament that achieved all ticketing, sponsorship and broadcast targets as over 100,000 international fans joined New Zealanders in attending matches at Rugby’s showcase event. Read more

All Blacks reclaim Webb Ellis

Sunday October 23, 2011 by  

New Zealand are the World Champions of Rugby again after a thrilling 8-7 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

Ranked number one in the World, it was fitting that after a 24 year wait that the trophy would return to New Zealand against the same nation in which it was first claimed in the inaugural 1987 tournament, and at the same venue.

Eden Park came alive with a sea of black and adoring chants from the passionate locals who came in their droves to witness the historic moment, one that it will saviour and no doubt cherish after many years of disappointment – some at the hands of the French. Read more

Wallabies claim bronze

Friday October 21, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies have salvaged something from their Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign with a 21-18 victory over Wales at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

A 76th minute try to Wallaby number eight Ben McCalman all but iced the bronze medal for the Australians despite an injury time reply by Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny.

The Wallabies dominated possession and territory in the second half, but were made to work for their drought breaking victory at Auckland’s premier Rugby Stadium. Read more

Wallabies team for Bronze Medal Play-off named

Wednesday October 19, 2011 by  

An entirely new starting front row, six new faces among the starting eight, and two new backs, highlight the run on combination that will represent Australia in Friday night’s Bronze Final at the Rugby World Cup against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland.

After last Sunday’s highly physical semi-final defeat by the All Blacks, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and his fellow selectors have opted to freshen up the team for Wales, taking into account both the toll of that match and the five day turnaround, which has allowed just this morning’s training run and a captain’s run at Eden Park tomorrow in terms of on-field preparation. Read more

Wallabies Semi sets Ratings record

Monday October 17, 2011 by  

The Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks in Auckland last night attracted a massive nationwide television audience of 3.234 million people – smashing the all-time Pay TV viewership record for Fox Sports and topping the free-to-air ratings on Channel Nine.

No Rugby match since the World Cup final in 2003 has delivered an audience of the same magnitude.

The tournament decider in Sydney eight years ago was watched by more than four million Australians.

The highest rating match since 2003 was a Test against England in 2006 which drew almost 1.9 million viewers. Read more

All Blacks end Wallabies campaign

Sunday October 16, 2011 by  

New Zealand has progressed to the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final with a clinical display to oust the Australians 20-6 at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

With the weight of the nation riding them through, the All Blacks were led by an all-round team effort along with the hard working winger Corey Jane, named player of the match, and forward Keven Mealamu to end the Wallaby campaign.

An auspicious first kick by Quade Cooper ensured the Wallabies were the back foot from the word go, a position in which they were never able to recover from with penalties in the breakdown and handling errors. Read more

French break Welsh hearts

Saturday October 15, 2011 by  

France is the first team into the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final after breaking Welsh hearts in a thrilling 9-8 victory at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

Flanker Julien Bonnaire was named player of the match for his defensive agility in a French side that was forced to defend against a determined 14-man Welsh outfit for majority of the game.

Wales meanwhile lost two key forwards’, Adam Jones after just eight minutes to a calf injury then, had what has team management outraged, the skipper Sam Warburton was sent off for a lifting tackle in the 18th minute. Read more

Wallabies named to take on the All Blacks

Friday October 14, 2011 by  

The fitness of fullback Kurtley Beale, who is recovering from a strain in his left hamstring, will determine whether Australia fields an unchanged starting XV in Sunday night’s much anticipated Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Auckland.

The Australian selectors have chosen to delay until the final moment a decision on Beale’s fitness as he continues his recovery, with the mercurial NSW Waratahs playmaker bracketed alongside the multi talented Adam Ashley-Cooper for the position, in the line-up announced today.

Ashley-Cooper is similarly bracketed at centre, alongside the Queensland Reds Anthony Fainga’a, who will slot into the midfield in a flow on effect should Beale ultimately be ruled out, and Ashley-Cooper line up at fullback. Read more