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wallabies-iconThe Wallabies are one of the heavyweight nations of international rugby and are currently ranked second in the IRB world rankings since reaching the semi-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Wallabies hold the distinction of having competed in all seven editions of Rugby World Cups, having won the tournament twice, made the final on one separate occasion and made the semi-finals and quarter-finals twice each in the remaining four editions of the tournament.

The Wallabies traditionally compete in the annual Tri-Nations tournament with New Zealand and South Africa, and have won the competition on three occasions.

The Wallabies compete in the Rugby Championship with the All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina, with the four-team tournament introduced in 2012, replacing the existing Tri-Nations format that had been in operation since 1996.

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.

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.

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 Tophie 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.

Wallabies squad to play New Zealand in the Bledisloe three

Ben Alexander, Tetera Faulkner, Sekope Kepu, Benn Robinson, James Slipper, Saia Fainga’a, James Hanson, Josh Mann-Rea, Sam Carter, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Scott Fardy, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Michael Hooper (c), Luke Jones, Jake Schatz, Will Genia, Nick Phipps, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley, Kyle Godwin, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali’ifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tom English, Israel Folau, Rob Horne, Henry Speight, Joe Tomane.

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Set Australian rugby’s phoenix to flight mode

Set Australian rugby’s phoenix to flight mode

by , 1 Nov 2014

It was Saturday afternoon and me and the boys were getting ready for our soccer game in the change rooms, struggling through the weekly pulling of socks over shin-pads. As we do, we were having a chat. For some reason, it turned to rugby union, probably because I brought it up. I was soon to […]

Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

by , 1 Nov 2014

New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. Four selections stand out. Naming the tireless Matt Hodgson as skipper for the opener is a masterstroke, recognising the huge season he had leading the Force. The selection of […]

A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

by , 1 Nov 2014

Rookie Wallaby coach Michael Cheika will get his first taste of international rugby early Sunday morning (AEDT) when the Wallabies take on the Barbarians at Twickenham. Cheika has sprung a few selection surprises, and has gone for an experienced team with a sprinkle of youth across the 23. Given the exhibition nature of this match, […]

“He’s had a lot of chances” – Pulver says Beale’s on his final warning

“He’s had a lot of chances” – Pulver says Beale’s on his final warning

by , 1 Nov 2014

The ARU on Friday issued Kurtley Beale a last-chance warning after slapping the controversial playmaker with another fine following the completion of a second investigation into his recent off-field conduct. Beale was fined $3000 over his in-flight verbal altercation with former staffer Di Patston and other members of the Wallabies management team while en route […]

Cheika wants to make Aussie rugby too good to leave

by , 1 Nov 2014

Michael Cheika’s plan to keep top talent in Australian rugby involves making the Wallabies experience simply too good to pass up. The drain to cashed up overseas clubs looms as one of the new Wallabies coach’s biggest headaches in the coming years, with fears of another exodus of players after next year’s Rugby World Cup. […]

Cheika a ray of sunlight after Australian rugby’s false dawn

Cheika a ray of sunlight after Australian rugby’s false dawn

by , 1 Nov 2014

Let’s wind the clock back three months. The Waratahs had just won the Super Rugby title, beating the Crusaders in an epic match in front of over 61,000 fans, ending an era of under achievement and years of disappointment for supporters of the Sydney franchise. A new national competition was due to begin, heralded as […]

Setting the scene for the Wallabies’ Welsh adventure

Setting the scene for the Wallabies’ Welsh adventure

by , 1 Nov 2014

The profile of the Welsh rugby team on the world stage belies the country’s small population of just under four million people. In neighbouring England, football rules supreme and rugby union lies a distant second in the battle of the winter sporting codes. In contrast, rugby union is the national sport of Wales, with only […]

Further punishments for Kurtley Beale, ARU to reopen contract negotiations next year

Further punishments for Kurtley Beale, ARU to reopen contract negotiations next year

by , 31 Oct 2014

The ARU have announced a further $3000 fine for breaching team protocols, after the Integrity investigation into the altercation on the plane from South Africa to South America concluded. The full release is below, with the key takeouts being: – Beale has been found guilty of breaching team protocols and fined $3,000. – The ARU […]

Cheika is not the messiah – only the Wallabies can turn themselves around

Cheika is not the messiah – only the Wallabies can turn themselves around

by , 31 Oct 2014

As a neutral fan of Australian rugby, I cannot tell you how tired I am of hearing the names of Ewen McKenzie, Di Patston and Kurtley Beale. I am, however, not sick of hearing about their contributions to Australian rugby. I am sick of hearing about their off-field antics. Make no mistake, I fully understand […]

SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

by , 31 Oct 2014

Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’. Cheika’s contract with the ARU allows him to coach the Waratahs during the 2015 Super Rugby tournament, courageous decision number one. This decision leaves Cheika open – especially from wild-eyed Reds supporters (think of the claque that support Quade […]


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