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Wallabies

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 on the way up

Wallabies on the way up

by , 26 Nov 2014

I watched Sunday morning’s Test with a group of enthusiastic Irish, who like me had been at the sell out International Rules game in Perth. As you can imagine by the time we enjoyed our second Australia versus Ireland International in about six hours started everyone was enjoying the craic. This is my first article. […]

Now is not the time for the Wallabies to panic

Now is not the time for the Wallabies to panic

by , 26 Nov 2014

Like everyone else, I have watched the Wallaby Tests with great interest and I have read a few articles which talk a lot about player changes. I would caution against this for in my experience, teams need stability and consistency to secure and maintain success. It might be worth remembering that Michael Cheika was thrown […]

Loss to Ireland the Wallabies’ best tour performance

Loss to Ireland the Wallabies’ best tour performance

by , 26 Nov 2014 Video

While the Wallabies suffered another loss against Ireland, it was their best performance on this tour. In all areas, apart from the scrum and defusing the high ball, the Wallabies made progress. Michael Cheika is very good with his man management – he showed that at Leinster and at the Waratahs. This week we saw […]

Will Skelton destined for Rugby World Cup greatness

Will Skelton destined for Rugby World Cup greatness

by , 26 Nov 2014

The more I see of Wallabies lock Will Skelton, the more I am convinced he will be a Rugby World Cup star for Australia. This premise is subject to three provisos: He remains injury free. He continues to be exposed to high level technical coaching. We are talking about the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Seemingly […]

Wallabies show they’re halfway there against Ireland

Wallabies show they’re halfway there against Ireland

by , 26 Nov 2014

There has seldom been a day more difficult to be a fan of Australian rugby than Sunday morning’s Test match against Ireland in Dublin. Not because Australia lost, which they did – fair and square – but because so much about how they played left us fans wanting to scream at the rugby gods, “Have […]

Select your Australia A team

by , 26 Nov 2014

This is my first attempt at an article on The Roar so I thought I’d try something fun to ease some of the interstate tensions we have going on around here. This year we have seen a lot of talent unearthed in Australia through the National Rugby Championship. It has been fun to watch our […]

Kuridrani out as Wallabies sink to an all-time low

by , 26 Nov 2014

The Wallabies have suffered a double blow ahead of their tour finale against England, losing in-form centre Tevita Kuridrani to injury and slumping to their equal lowest ever ranking. Kuridrani was hurt early in the second half of Saturday’s 26-23 loss to Ireland in Dublin and tests on Monday confirmed the 23-year-old suffered a low […]

Wallabies prepare for England ‘bombing’

by , 26 Nov 2014

The Wallabies are bracing for another aerial assault against England after admitting to being exposed by Ireland’s clever kicking game. The Irish – led by brilliant five-eighth Johnny Sexton – peppered Australia with 34 kicks in Saturday’s 26-23 win in Dublin, with many deliberately directed away from superstar fullback Israel Folau and finding open spaces. […]

Ireland very good, but the Wallabies not half bad, either…

Ireland very good, but the Wallabies not half bad, either…

by , 25 Nov 2014 Popular article! Video

Well, it was another three-point loss, but whereas the close margin in Paris rather flattered the Wallabies last weekend, the 26-23 scoreline in Dublin was a fair reflection of how the game went. The close scoreline showed how close the Wallabies ran with the Six Nations Champions, but also how Ireland was always just that […]

The Wallabies need to utilise the behemoth in Skelton

The Wallabies need to utilise the behemoth in Skelton

by , 25 Nov 2014

The last few Tests played by the Wallabies have resulted in close encounters, with the Wallabies either falling short, or just scraping home. It suggests that the Wallabies are not pulling their weight enough, resorting to either playing catch up footy, or being complacent after putting on an early lead. Some might say that the […]


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