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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)

Wallabies Fixtures 2014

2014 Wallabies squad

2014 Wallabies squad profiles

Wallabies Articles

Carter close to re-signing with Brumbies

by , 3 Mar 2015

Workhorse Wallabies lock Sam Carter says he’s close to finalising a deal with the Brumbies and the ARU to extend his contract past 2015. Carter’s impending signature will bring welcome relief to Aussie rugby fans as lock numbers have dwindled in recent times. Emerging Test second rowers Kane Douglas and Peter Kimlin both departed for […]

SPIRO: Can Cheika and Larkham get on and coach the Wallabies together?

SPIRO: Can Cheika and Larkham get on and coach the Wallabies together?

by , 2 Mar 2015 Popular article!

On Friday the ARU issued a statement regarding the upcoming Rugby World Cup that surprised no one. Stephen Larkham was going to be the Wallabies backs coach through to the end of the tournament and Nathan Grey was going to be the permanent Wallabies defence coach at the end of the 2015 Super Rugby tournament. […]

Bernard Foley set to stay in Australia

by , 28 Feb 2015

Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley appears set to stay in Australia with Michael Cheika indicating the No.10 was set to resist overtures from Japanese rugby. A straight-talking Cheika said he had spoken to Foley and believed he was set to re-sign soon with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU). “I’ve got a good idea of where he’s […]

Cheika aims to restore Wallabies’ lustre

by , 28 Feb 2015

Michael Cheika came in for some criticism when he retained his NSW Waratahs post after securing the Wallabies’ coaching job. However, he says having more Super Rugby coaches on the Australian staff will go some way to restoring some of the lost lustre of the Wallabies’ jersey. Cheika on Friday announced former Wallabies Stephen Larkham […]

Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey named Wallabies’ assistant coaches

Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey named Wallabies’ assistant coaches

by , 27 Feb 2015

Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey will act as assistant coaches of the Wallabies under Michael Cheika in the 2015 Test season. Grey is the current defensive coach of the Waratahs, while Larkham is the coach of the Brumbies, and both will fulfil their duties there before working with the national squad for the Rugby Championship […]

Speight and Tomane make Wallabies pact

by , 27 Feb 2015

Brumbies flyers Joe Tomane and Henry Speight say they’ve made it their goal to push each other into the Wallabies’ two starting wing spots at this year’s Rugby World Cup. But with their competition including James O’Connor, Rob Horne, Nick Cummins and possibly Adam Ashley-Cooper, they admit there might only be room for one of […]

Roar Wallaby form teams after Round 2

Roar Wallaby form teams after Round 2

by , 27 Feb 2015

There are three Wallaby form teams after Round 2. These are based on you rankings from my article earlier in the week. The season xomplete form team – Players chosen based on aggregate score across all rounds – Players ONLY picked in the position they play the most – Must have a recognised goal kicker […]

How will new referee interpretations influence the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

How will new referee interpretations influence the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

by , 24 Feb 2015

Since the November Tests of last year I have been pondering referee interpretations and the tactics teams will come up with prior to the Rugby World Cup. With the first two rounds of Super Rugby done and dusted, and observing some of what has transpired during the Six Nations, here are my thoughts. I have […]

Rugby World Cup bolters: It’s never too early

Rugby World Cup bolters: It’s never too early

by , 24 Feb 2015 Popular article!

Don’t let the fact we’re only into the third week of Super Rugby fool you, this is a World Cup year and amateur selection is the name of the game. All. Year. Long. And let’s be honest, we’re going to guess and speculate and overhype and go cold on players all year. One less than […]

Honey Badger aims for Wallabies gold

by , 24 Feb 2015

His trademark lingo was lost in translation in Japan, but Nick Cummins has returned home with a crystal clear message – he wants in at the Wallabies. Cummins is back in the World Cup mix after being loaned back to the Western Force by his Japanese outfit Red Sparks. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is an […]


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