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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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Wallabies squad for end of year tour announced

Wallabies squad for end of year tour announced

by , 22 Oct 2014

The Wallabies squad for the 2015 end of year tour has been announced, with form flanker Scott Fardy the notable omission from the squad. Fardy has withdrawn from the squad due to knee surgery, and his absence has led to the inclusion of uncapped flanker Sean McMahon. Fellow promising Rebels platers Tom English and Luke […]

Michael Cheika named Wallabies coach – to take team to 2015 World Cup

Michael Cheika named Wallabies coach – to take team to 2015 World Cup

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

Michael Cheika has been named as the new coach of the Wallabies, and will take Australia to end of year tour and the 2015 World Cup. Cheika will take over as Australian coach from Ewen McKenzie, who controversially resigned after Saturday’s one-point loss to the All Blacks. Cheika took the NSW Waratahs to the Super […]

So close and yet so far for the Wallabies

So close and yet so far for the Wallabies

by , 22 Oct 2014

Ignoring what happened after fulltime in the third Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallabies and All Blacks, it was a pretty good night for the Wallabies. They may have lost the match but they showed that they do have the potential to compete with the best team in the world. The All Blacks certainly weren’t […]

SPIRO: The All Blacks system is the way to go for the Wallabies

SPIRO: The All Blacks system is the way to go for the Wallabies

by , 22 Oct 2014

You know an organisation is in trouble when jokes about it start making the rounds, like this gem from New Zealand that mocks the ructions that have rocked the Wallabies in recent weeks. The Queensland police reported this on Sunday morning: ‘Many people are reporting a robbery at Suncorp Stadium last night. Sorry guys, we […]

Don’t believe the hype: ARU culture is not rotten

Don’t believe the hype: ARU culture is not rotten

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

The great shame is that we expect rugby to imitate life. We expect every pass to stick. But, guess what, we are human. That includes Kurtley Beale and Ewen McKenzie. Both made mistakes. But frankly, that makes them human; it does not make the Wallabies toxic. Jack Welsh, who ran General Electric for 30 years, […]

Deans backs Cheika as Wallabies coach

by , 22 Oct 2014

Robbie Deans has endorsed Michael Cheika as the Wallabies’ coach-in-waiting. Fifteen months after ending his five-year reign as Wallabies coach, Deans on Tuesday said Cheika was the man to revive the side’s flagging fortunes following Ewen McKenzie’s shock resignation on Saturday. Cheika is considered a fait accompli to be appointed as McKenzie’s replacement on Wednesday, […]

Alan Jones calls John Eales overrated

Alan Jones calls John Eales overrated

by , 22 Oct 2014

He played in Australia’s two Rugby World Cup victories, captained his country during one of the Wallabies’ most successful eras and even earned the nickname ‘nobody’ – because nobody’s perfect. Yet according to radio personality Alan Jones, John Eales was very overrated. Former Wallabies coach Jones launched a short but astonishing attack on Eales on […]

Lack of on-field leadership lets the Wallabies down

Lack of on-field leadership lets the Wallabies down

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

I tried to be positive, I really did. I sat down with the remote and a notepad to watch the replay of Bledisloe III and had notions of writing a ‘five positives’ article to submit. However as I watched and rewound and watched again I kept coming back to certain key moments, moments that while […]

Cheika won’t make the same mistakes as McKenzie

Cheika won’t make the same mistakes as McKenzie

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

With the Wallaby squad leaving on Friday for their last chance to trial themselves in European conditions before next year’s world cup, it is extremely important we get the most out of them and the tour. We need to think about not making the same mistakes we have made across the past 12 months. So […]

Was Link too outdated for the Generation Y Wallabies?

Was Link too outdated for the Generation Y Wallabies?

by , 22 Oct 2014 Video

Last year, Australia’s rugby fathers banished the outlander Robbie ‘Dingo’ Deans. As his replacement, they chose favourite son Ewen ‘Link’ McKenzie over brash South African Jake White, to wide acclaim. Link brought the whole package. A great relationship with rugby media and liked by the scribes and pundits. An old prop – he wasn’t a […]


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