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The Wallabies are one of the finest rugby teams in the world, and representing Australia are currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings despite an up-and-down 2016 season where they had been ranked as high as No.2 and as low as No.4.

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: 28 February, 2017

Wallabies Articles

Imagine an ARU-controlled elite Australian rugby team in Europe

Imagine an ARU-controlled elite Australian rugby team in Europe

by , 27 May 2017

With uncertainty over the future of either the Force or Rebels in Super Rugby continuing to linger, it got me thinking.

Four Wallaby bolters who could be Cheika’s ‘Peter Who?’

Four Wallaby bolters who could be Cheika’s ‘Peter Who?’

by , 26 May 2017

As Wallaby Coach Michael Cheika and his cohorts finalise the Wallaby squad for the upcoming Tests matches against the Fijians, Italians and Scots, I think all Wallaby fans near and far also put pen-to-paper with their mates.

Back row choices for Wallaby coach Cheika

Back row choices for Wallaby coach Cheika

by , 26 May 2017

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has revealed a cluster of emerging players and one familiar face are on his radar in the battle for back-row spots in his first squad of the season.

Wallabies and Waratahs veteran Dean Mumm announces retirement for end of 2017

Wallabies and Waratahs veteran Dean Mumm announces retirement for end of 2017

by , 24 May 2017

Wallabies and Waratahs veteran Dean Mumm has announced he will retire from rugby union at the end of 2017.

Australian rugby needs New Zealand to survive

Australian rugby needs New Zealand to survive

by , 21 May 2017

This is a good news story. The solution to Australian rugby’s degeneration is within reach, and remarkably simple: leverage NZ’s player base by teaming up with the Kiwis and centrally contract all players.

Why All Black fans should be worried about the Wallabies’ and Springboks’ woes

Why All Black fans should be worried about the Wallabies’ and Springboks’ woes

by , 19 May 2017 Popular article!

Too many Kiwis seem to be basking in the downfall of Australian and South African rugby.

One short step to power: Samu Kerevi at the centre of attention

One short step to power: Samu Kerevi at the centre of attention

by , 17 May 2017 Popular article!

There are several positions on the rugby pitch where Australian starting players would struggle to make the squads at New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.

Rugby World Cup draw a blessing for Australia, Ireland and South Africa

Rugby World Cup draw a blessing for Australia, Ireland and South Africa

by , 17 May 2017

The 2019 World Cup draw appears to be a blessing for the Wallabies, as they managed to avoid the pool of death.

Michael Hooper can’t see anyone but Israel Folau as Wallabies’ fullback

Michael Hooper can’t see anyone but Israel Folau as Wallabies’ fullback

by , 16 May 2017

Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper doesn’t expect Karmichael Hunt’s terrific Super Rugby form will be enough to dislodge Israel Folau from fullback.

When Quade battled the beast

When Quade battled the beast

by , 16 May 2017

Most want a bit of glory. A moment to really shine and the recognition that comes with it. But once the ego has had a taste and wants more, and the foundation isn’t fully set that is when the unstable foundation can start to crack.


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