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The Wallabies are one of the best rugby teams in the world and representing Australia, they are currently ranked four in the World Rugby rankings. After dropping to fifth in the rankings due to a disastrous June Test series, the Wallabies have improved to current rank after a number of solid performances in the back half of 2017.

The Wallabies hold the distinction of having competed in all eight editions of the Rugby World Cup, 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 one of 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: 18 December, 2017

Wallabies Articles

David Pocock’s Super Rugby return delayed by knee surgery

David Pocock’s Super Rugby return delayed by knee surgery

by , 22 Jan 2018

David Pocock’s much-anticipated return to Super Rugby will be delayed because of a knee surgery.

Show me the players to bring Australia the 2019 World Cup

Show me the players to bring Australia the 2019 World Cup

by , 18 Jan 2018

In my rather short Roar career, I have a had a decent crack at the Wallabies ‘brains trust’ because of the attacking and defensive structures they employ. In doing so, I have also had a decent crack at their selections.

Why opportunity is knocking on door number two

Why opportunity is knocking on door number two

by , 17 Jan 2018 Popular article!

For the first time in over twelve years, there is a vacancy in the middle of the Australian front row.

Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

by , 10 Jan 2018 Popular article!

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Here’s another, rather more contemporary rugby truth: David Pocock will be welcomed back to Australia with open arms in 2018.

Rugby Australia announces major pay increase for Super Rugby players

Rugby Australia announces major pay increase for Super Rugby players

by , 10 Jan 2018

2017 was a tumultuous year for rugby union in Australia, but 2018 has started off on a positive foot with Rugby Australia announcing a pay increase for Super Rugby players on Wednesday morning in their new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

‘Cheika-Ball’: Making two playmakers and dual opensides work

‘Cheika-Ball’: Making two playmakers and dual opensides work

by , 10 Jan 2018

We’ve heard of ‘Warren-ball’ to describe the mid-field crash-ball game of Warren Gatland’s Wales and his 2013 British and Irish Lions.

Australian rugby players set for bumper pay rise

Australian rugby players set for bumper pay rise

by , 10 Jan 2018

Australian Super Rugby players will reportedly receive about a 10 per cent pay rise despite waning interest in the game and uncertainty over the competition.

Are the Wallabies overemphasising attack off the lineout?

Are the Wallabies overemphasising attack off the lineout?

by , 7 Jan 2018

If there is a signature characteristic of the Wallabies that has developed since the 2015 World Cup, it is the variety of attacking moves off the lineout that we see them converting into tries.

The South needs to worry – the North is coming fast

The South needs to worry – the North is coming fast

by , 5 Jan 2018

As we’ve reached the end of 2017 and 2018 has kicked off the inevitable annual reviews come flooding in – so here’s another one to add to the deluge.

Oh for the box kick Down Under

Oh for the box kick Down Under

by , 1 Jan 2018

Now that the dust has settled on the Wallabies’ trip to the UK, it is surely time for Michael Cheika and his backline coach, Stephen Larkham, to face and address a glaring problem.


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