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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.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

Wallabies Articles

Wallabies must bring the angry: Byrne

Wallabies must bring the angry: Byrne

by , 26 Sep 2017

The Wallabies must be up for the fight against an angry Springboks side who are tipped to take their trademark physicality to another level in Bloemfontein, assistant coach Mick Byrne has warned.

Wallabies confirm 32-man squad for Springboks, Argentina Tests

Wallabies confirm 32-man squad for Springboks, Argentina Tests

by , 22 Sep 2017

The ARU has released their 32-man squad for the Wallabies’ upcoming matches in South Africa and Argentina.

Uelese looms as test for Cheika’s Super sway

Uelese looms as test for Cheika’s Super sway

by , 22 Sep 2017

Let me attempt to draw some kind of parallel between Donald Trump’s diplomacy at the UN and Jordan Uelese’s Wallabies future.

Michael Cheika needs Christian Lealiifano at 10 or 12

Michael Cheika needs Christian Lealiifano at 10 or 12

by , 22 Sep 2017

On very few occasions since Stephen Larkham’s retirement after the 2007 Rugby World Cup has the Wallaby backline looked fluid and professional in both attack and defence. Since 2007 Australia has been searching for a world class flyhalf to take Larkham’s place.

Why Michael Cheika will live or die by the Waratah ‘holy trinity’

Why Michael Cheika will live or die by the Waratah ‘holy trinity’

by , 20 Sep 2017 Popular article!

The die has already been cast.

The Wallabies forwards make amends, but we need consistency

The Wallabies forwards make amends, but we need consistency

by , 20 Sep 2017

The Wallabies forwards have been consistently inconsistent for a long time now. A miserable showing against the All Blacks in Bledisloe 1 was quickly followed up by a much-improved performance in New Zealand.

The art of not losing

The art of not losing

by , 20 Sep 2017

Somebody wise once said the road to success is paved with failure. I don’t know who that was, but I’ll bet there was plenty of failure in that life because this kind of understanding doesn’t fall from the sky like confetti.

Consistently inconsistent Wallabies won’t fill empty seats

Consistently inconsistent Wallabies won’t fill empty seats

by , 19 Sep 2017 Popular article!

If there’s one thing the Wallabies have managed to do well in recent seasons, it’s frustrate the hell out of rugby fans with their inability to string together anything even remotely resembling consistent performances.

Michael Cheika must relieve Michael Hooper of the Wallabies captaincy

Michael Cheika must relieve Michael Hooper of the Wallabies captaincy

by , 19 Sep 2017

There’s been one theme right through Michael Cheika’s rugby and business life – my way or the highway.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Cheika’s Wallabies at last?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Cheika’s Wallabies at last?

by , 18 Sep 2017 Popular article!

At half-time in the Australia 45–Argentina 20 Test at Canberra, my guess is that every rugby writer covering the game was preparing, mentally at least, to start raising the issue of whether Michael Cheika should take the Wallabies through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.


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