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The Wallabies are one of the best rugby teams in the world and representing Australia, they are currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings. After dropping to fifth in the rankings due to a disastrous June Test series, the Wallabies have improved to current rank after a number of solid performances in the back half of 2017.

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: 30 October, 2017

Wallabies Articles

The Wrap: 2017 World XV announced, so who’s in your team?

The Wrap: 2017 World XV announced, so who’s in your team?

by , 11 Dec 2017

With Test rugby now completed for the year and the prevailing mood seemingly endorsing a shift in on-field power to the northern hemisphere, will this change be reflected in The Wrap’s World Test XV for 2017?

From Frank’s Vault: South Africa vs Australia – 1992

From Frank’s Vault: South Africa vs Australia – 1992

by , 11 Dec 2017

In 1992, the Wallabies toured South Africa, putting their reputation as World Champions at stake.

Two decades on, Australian rugby’s hope and dreams remain elusive

Two decades on, Australian rugby’s hope and dreams remain elusive

by , 11 Dec 2017

Last weekend I finally got around to clearing my study of unwanted books, magazines not revisited in many years and reams of scrap paper with double-up scribblings.

From Frank’s vault: Australia vs France – 1987 World Cup semi-final

From Frank’s vault: Australia vs France – 1987 World Cup semi-final

by , 1 Dec 2017

The 1987 Rugby World Cup semi-final, contested between France and Australia at Concord Oval in Sydney on June 13 1987, is one of the greatest Tests of rugby union in history.

2017 in review for (most) top rugby nations

2017 in review for (most) top rugby nations

by , 30 Nov 2017

We’ve come to the end of another enthralling and surprising rugby year. Here’s my report card for each of the teams.

Wallabies’ 2017 report card

Wallabies’ 2017 report card

by , 30 Nov 2017

It was one match too many probably for the Wallabies in 2017, but the interesting thing in Test rugby is the closeness of standards of the teams in the top 10.

Why Eddie Jones is winning his duel with Michael Cheika

Why Eddie Jones is winning his duel with Michael Cheika

by , 29 Nov 2017 Popular article!

June 25, 2016, is a date that may return to haunt Michael Cheika. On that day, Australia were playing the third Test of their series against England in Sydney.

The Wallabies’ end of season report card: Part 2

The Wallabies’ end of season report card: Part 2

by , 29 Nov 2017

The Wallabies’ season has finally finished, here is the best, the worst and the most contentious from the 2017 international series.

Scotland the blueprint as Wallabies end 2017 with another backward step

Scotland the blueprint as Wallabies end 2017 with another backward step

by , 28 Nov 2017 Popular article!

I’ve often thought that the way Ireland structured themselves for the professional game was the model Australian rugby should be looking at.

Wallabies 2017 season player ratings

Wallabies 2017 season player ratings

by , 28 Nov 2017

The Wallabies’ 2017 campaign is officially wrapped up after Sunday’s loss to Scotland, so now’s a good time to look back at the year that was.


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