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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 matchday 23 to play Wales

1. James Slipper (Queensland Reds- 59 Tests)
2. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds – 32 Tests)
3. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs – 48 Tests)
4. Sam Carter (ACT Brumbies – 8 Tests)
5. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds – 46 Tests)
6. Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rebels – Uncapped)
7. Michael Hooper (c – NSW Waratahs – 38 Tests)
8. Ben McCalman (Western Force – 34 Tests)
9. Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs – 24 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs – 14 Tests)
11. Joe Tomane (ACT Brumbies – 12 Tests)
12. Christian Leali’ifano (ACT Brumbies – 14 Tests)
13. Tevita Kuridrani (ACT Brumbies – 17 Tests)
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs – 100 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs – 25 Tests)

Reserves
James Hanson (Queensland Reds – 5 Tests)
Tetera Faulkner (Western Force – Uncapped)
Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies – 69 Tests)
James Horwill (Queensland Reds – 56 Tests)
Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs – 4 Tests)
Matt Hodgson (Western Force – 9 Tests)
Will Genia (Queensland Reds – 55 Tests)
Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds – 50 Tests)
Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs – 22 Tests)

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Wallabies Articles

What each rugby nation wants for Christmas

What each rugby nation wants for Christmas

by , 20 Dec 2014

Deep in the unknown stretches of the North Pole, Santa Claus was coming to his favourite part of the year. The Christmas presents had been finalised for all the children of the world and now it was time for him to grant the children’s wishes, wishes of one particular sport. Every year, the Elves would […]

The All Blacks will be hardest hit by the post-World Cup exodus

The All Blacks will be hardest hit by the post-World Cup exodus

by , 20 Dec 2014

Another four-year cycle will conclude in 2015 with the Rugby World Cup. For the three southern hemisphere teams, this always marks a time where their squads change due to the exodus of current players to foreign shores. Australia and New Zealand have a policy of only selecting locally-based players for their national teams. South Africa […]

It’s an emergency, we need to replace every Wallaby

It’s an emergency, we need to replace every Wallaby

by , 19 Dec 2014

Rugby season for Australia is over, Christmas is approaching, and Scott Allen has retired… so it’s understandable that traffic on The Roar is trickling down into slender stream. Encouraged by the general non-negativity and somewhat healthy opinions voiced on my first post on the Wallabies of 2014, I thought I would try to energise the […]

Cheika unfazed by overseas exodus

Cheika unfazed by overseas exodus

by , 19 Dec 2014

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika remains unfazed about the prospect of a mass exodus of stars after next year’s Rugby World Cup despite two more stalwarts having confirmed their departures. Veteran lock James Horwill, captain at the last World Cup, has signed a three-year deal with English side Harlequins, while 104-Test backline utility Ashley-Cooper has secured […]

Let’s hear it for the rugby battlers

Let’s hear it for the rugby battlers

by , 17 Dec 2014

I’ve been busy this month. A little baby girl who was struggling to put on weight has been taking up all my attention. Winter is not a good time to be underweight when you’re a newborn. Actually, I don’t think there’s ever a good season to arrive into the world with weight issues. Santa Claus […]

A true Outsider’s review of the Wallabies’ 2014 season

A true Outsider’s review of the Wallabies’ 2014 season

by , 11 Dec 2014

After silently reading the articles on The Roar for over two years, I have finally decided to try writing something that people might share their opinions on. It is actually just an expansion on the comment I posted on one of the previous articles, which (pleasantly) surprisingly, got a few affirmative responses and did not […]

What we learnt from the Wallabies’ failed tour

What we learnt from the Wallabies’ failed tour

by , 10 Dec 2014

Michael Cheika’s international coaching began with an unconvincing four-point win over the Barbarians at Twickenham. After having a comfortable 18-point lead with 12 minutes to go after Sean McMahon’s converted try, the Wallabies were forced to hold off the fast finishing Barbarians. After his first win Cheika told the media, “The Barbarians game was the […]

Is Michael Cheika steering a leaky ship?

Is Michael Cheika steering a leaky ship?

by , 8 Dec 2014

The dust has settled on a turbulent two months in Australian rugby. The newly-appointed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, is part-time in the job heading in to a World Cup year. This is an unsatisfactory state of affairs that others on this site have commented upon. The Wallabies have put in their worst Northern Hemisphere tour […]

Can Michael Cheika lead the Wallabies to the promised land?

Can Michael Cheika lead the Wallabies to the promised land?

by , 6 Dec 2014

Having watched the machinations of Wallaby rugby over the last year or so, I’ve been moved to write to put my thoughts out there for others to criticise or agree with. The last three coaches of the Wallabies have drawn some attention for me. I did not really think from a year or two into […]

Wallabies must have one eye on the future

Wallabies must have one eye on the future

by , 6 Dec 2014

I have played rugby and watched rugby my whole life. For my fourth birthday I was given a Woodies jumper and I honestly do not think I have missed a single Wallabies match in 20 years. I have thrown my laptop away, screamed countless times at the TV, and enough is enough. Maybe this generation […]


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