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

Want to reignite rugby? Re-think the Bledisloe Cup

Want to reignite rugby? Re-think the Bledisloe Cup

by , 20 Apr 2017

Scott Fardy is wrong to blame the “faceless men of SANZAR” for the state of Aussie rugby. Instead, he should be blaming the men now plying their trade in the Australian Super Rugby teams.

Michael Cheika’s selection conundrum at halfback

Michael Cheika’s selection conundrum at halfback

by , 19 Apr 2017 Popular article!

Suddenly, the summer is nearly here (at least in the UK). The Six Nations has breezed by, the announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand is due in two days, and there are only another six full rounds of Super Rugby before the international break.

The endless torture of being an Australian rugby fan

The endless torture of being an Australian rugby fan

by , 19 Apr 2017

It is often said that Australian rugby fans cannot stand losing, especially to New Zealand sides. This was true, to an extent, but only really for a brief period in the early 2000s.

Mitchell thanks fans for support in retirement announcement

Mitchell thanks fans for support in retirement announcement

by , 18 Apr 2017

Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has announced he will retire at the end of the French Top 14 season.

Wallabies can bring it to All Blacks says Cheika

Wallabies can bring it to All Blacks says Cheika

by , 14 Apr 2017

Master motivator Michael Cheika has revealed his own inspiration as he resorts to brainwashing the Wallabies into believing they can conquer the mighty All Blacks and finally return to the Bledisloe Cup to Australia.

A plan for rugby rehabilitation

A plan for rugby rehabilitation

by , 12 Apr 2017

Recently, Riordan Lee made the mistake of asking Roarers, who are notoriously shy with their opinions, how to fix Australian rugby.

Time for Pulver to go: Bob Dwyer

Time for Pulver to go: Bob Dwyer

by , 6 Apr 2017

World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer is urging ARU chief Bill Pulver and his board to resign as Australian rugby fans endure the gloomiest start to a season in the professional era.

TELL US: What needs to be done about Australian rugby?

TELL US: What needs to be done about Australian rugby?

by , 5 Apr 2017 Video

Australian rugby is in crisis, or so it seems – so this week’s Roar LIVE will be trying to figure out how we can fix it.

Wallabies giant Will Skelton off to England

Wallabies giant Will Skelton off to England

by , 5 Apr 2017

Another promising Australian rugby player is headed overseas, with Will Skelton signing a two-year deal with English Premiership giants Saracens.

Super Rugby: The hard truths

Super Rugby: The hard truths

by , 4 Apr 2017

Australian rugby has fallen in such grace since the 2015 World Cup, one would almost think it an anomaly they ever progressed passed the ‘pool of death’ in the first place.


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