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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

I’m not Beale’s social worker: Cheika

I’m not Beale’s social worker: Cheika

by , 22 Nov 2014

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sees his role in Kurtley Beale’s comeback as rugby coach not social worker, saying it’s up to the controversial playmaker to make the most of his latest career lifeline. Beale is set to return to Test rugby for the first time since the text message scandal that rocked Australian rugby after […]

Wallabies must choose: Silver, or gold jersey

by , 22 Nov 2014

Michael Cheika won’t be pushing for a rule change to make overseas-based players eligible for Wallabies selection, vowing to stick by players who value playing for their country over money. The player drain to cashed up overseas clubs remains an ongoing headache for Australian rugby, with fears of another exodus of players after next year’s […]

Speight’s wait comes to an end in Dublin

by , 22 Nov 2014

Henry Speight wants to repay the country that’s given him a better life when he makes his long-awaited Test debut for Australia against Ireland. It’s taken four years for the rampaging Fijian-born winger to become eligible to play for his adopted homeland. But Speight says whatever the outcome at Lansdowne Road on Saturday (Sunday morning […]

Toomua learnt the importance of the team by not being in it

by , 22 Nov 2014

Many Wallabies overlooked for Test selection on the spring tour so far have politely accepted it as being all part of the experience. Centre Matt Toomua, who gets his chance against Ireland this week, hasn’t found sitting on the sidelines quite so easy to stomach. “It’s sucked actually, I’ve hated it,” Toomua told AAP on […]

Four starting changes and the longest Wallabies bench ever

Four starting changes and the longest Wallabies bench ever

by , 21 Nov 2014

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika hasn’t quite gone as far as I thought – or as far as I hoped, on Tuesday – but I do like that he’s gone some way to shaking the side up ahead of their Test against Ireland in Dublin, in the early hours of Sunday morning, AEDT. Cheika has made […]

Test Rugby versus Super Rugby: Is there a difference?

Test Rugby versus Super Rugby: Is there a difference?

by , 21 Nov 2014

I have read a lot of articles over the past month in relation to the opinions of coaches and players, and the scandals they had found themselves caught up in. But, the one common theme that keeps surfacing is just how different Test rugby is to Super Rugby. In all reality, I just can’t get […]

Wallabies’ Fijian connection to face Ireland

by , 21 Nov 2014

They share Fijian roots, a close bond and a room on the spring tour, now Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight will experience Test rugby together for the first time. Speight’s four-year wait to become an Australian Test player will end in Dublin on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT) after being named on the wing to face […]

Wallabies and Ireland vie for inside edge

by , 21 Nov 2014

Michael Cheika’s coaching history in Ireland is adding an element of intrigue to preparations for this weekend’s Test match in Dublin. The Wallabies coach spent half a decade working in the Emerald Isle as head coach of Leinster and a tactical battle based on inside knowledge has been playing out in the lead-up to Saturday’s […]

D’Arcy and Best get nod to face Wallabies

by , 21 Nov 2014

Veterans Gordon D’Arcy and Rory Best are the only two changes in the starting line-up for Six Nations champions Ireland for the one-off rugby union test with Australia at Lansdowne Road on Saturday from the one that beat South Africa a fortnight ago. D’Arcy, who will win his 81st cap, comes in at centre for […]

SPIRO: Rolling Maul: Can Cheika create a Wallaby real Beale?

SPIRO: Rolling Maul: Can Cheika create a Wallaby real Beale?

by , 20 Nov 2014

Kurtley Beale is back in the Wallabies fold, the IRB has changed its name and Ireland have deposed Australia as third-best in the world. These are some of the big topics in this week’s rolling maul. 1. Can Michael Cheika create a Wallaby real Beale? It is no secret in rugby circles that the ARU’s […]


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