Wallabies

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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The Wallabies are one of the finest rugby teams in the world, and representing Australia are currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings despite an up-and-down 2016 season where they had been ranked as high as No.2 and as low as No.4.

The Wallabies hold the distinction of having competed in all eight editions of Rugby World Cups, having won the tournament twice, finished runners-up twice and made the semi-finals and quarter-finals twice each.

The Wallabies, along with the All Blacks and Springboks, are the most successful nation in World Cup history winning the Webb Ellis Trophy on two occasions, while also losing a final at home to England in 2003. They took sweet revenge in 2015 knocking England out of their home tournament in the pool stages and went on to face the All Blacks in the final at Twickenham.

The Wallabies compete in the annual Rugby Championship tournament with New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina, which is a four-team tournament that evolved from the Tri-Nations in 2012 to include the South American team. The Wallabies have won the Tri-Nations on three occasions in 2000, 2001 and 2011, and most recently won the Rugby Championship in 2015.

Australia’s rivalry with the All Blacks culminates in the showdown for the Bledisloe Cup, which the Wallabies have held 12 times in the history of competing for the trophy.

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In addition to the All Blacks and Springboks, the Wallabies also have firmly-established rivalries with England and France and compete for the Cook Cup and Trophee des Bicentenaires respectively.

Former captain George Gregan currently holds the record for the highest-capped Wallabies player, having played in the green and gold 139 times, 59 of those as captain. Flanker George Smith remains the most-capped forward, having represented Australia on 110 occasions. David Campese holds the record for the most Wallabies tries scored, while Michael Lynagh remains the Wallabies all-time leading point-scorer, with 911.

Michael Cheika is the current head coach of the Wallabies, having taken the reigns from former coach Ewen McKenzie who resigned in October 2014.

Wallabies Articles

Roy Morgan’s rugby participation numbers are fake news

Roy Morgan’s rugby participation numbers are fake news

by , 28 Mar 2017 Popular article!

A worrying story landed in my inbox late last week, pointing to the imminent death of Australian rugby. And not just at the professional level.

The Wrap: Super Rugby speculation misses the mark, England miss the slam

The Wrap: Super Rugby speculation misses the mark, England miss the slam

by , 20 Mar 2017

It was a relief to see some rugby break out over the weekend. Yet another comeback win by the Crusaders, more muddling from the Waratahs, Quade being Quade, and in Paris, a reiteration of that old cliché, rugby is a game that goes for the whole 100 minutes.

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

by , 17 Mar 2017

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has been dropped to the bench with Andrew Ready set to start for the Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg.

Top sell Cheik, now play Beale at inside centre and get things firing

Top sell Cheik, now play Beale at inside centre and get things firing

by , 11 Mar 2017

A long chat with Wallaby coach Michael Cheika made up Kurtley Beale’s mind – he’s not going to take up a second year option with London Wasps, and is coming home to the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale to return home

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale to return home

by , 10 Mar 2017

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has confirmed he is to leave Wasps and return to Australia at the end of the English domestic rugby season.

Beale’s back! Kurtley coming home to the Waratahs in 2018

Beale’s back! Kurtley coming home to the Waratahs in 2018

by , 10 Mar 2017

Kurtley Beale is coming home, with the ARU announcing that he has signed a two-year deal to return to Australia from English rugby in 2018.

Tahs hopeful on Phipps and Skelton

Tahs hopeful on Phipps and Skelton

by , 8 Mar 2017

The NSW Waratahs are hopeful injured Wallabies Will Skelton and Nick Phipps will be back to bolster their Super Rugby side against the Sharks after the poor defensive effort last weekend.

Rona’s form a Super Rugby positive: Cheika

Rona’s form a Super Rugby positive: Cheika

by , 7 Mar 2017

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn’t happy with the early-season form of the Australian Super Rugby teams, but has identified former NRL star Curtis Rona as one player making an impact.

Kurtley Beale a ’50-50 chance’ to come home

Kurtley Beale a ’50-50 chance’ to come home

by , 7 Mar 2017

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says it’s 50-50 whether Kurtley Beale will stay in England or return to Australia but has foreshadowed an upgraded role in the Test team for the gifted back.

How to fix Australian rugby’s biggest problem, part 2

How to fix Australian rugby’s biggest problem, part 2

by , 3 Mar 2017

Well that caused a bit of a stir!


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