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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.

Wallabies Articles

What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

by , 18 Jan 2017 Video

Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.

Peter Betham extends England rugby stint

Peter Betham extends England rugby stint

by , 12 Jan 2017

Leicester have announced new contracts for former Waratahs and Wallabies winger Peter Betham and lock Graham Kitchener.

Wallabies receive major boost as Lopeti Timani pens contract extension

Wallabies receive major boost as Lopeti Timani pens contract extension

by , 11 Jan 2017

Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels backrower Lopeti Timani has signed a contract extension which will keep him playing in Australia until at least the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Wallabies win percentages tell the Pooper story

Wallabies win percentages tell the Pooper story

by , 5 Jan 2017

With David Pocock’s 2017 sabbatical sure to fire up the debate on what back row arrangement will replace the ‘Pooper’, I crunched some stats on win percentages associated with the different starting back row arrangements the Wallabies have used.

Rebels ready for Wallabies return

Rebels ready for Wallabies return

by , 4 Jan 2017

The Melbourne Rebels admit they’re in unfamiliar territory as they welcome their Wallabies back into the fold next week.

McMahon should get first crack at replacing the ‘Pooper’

McMahon should get first crack at replacing the ‘Pooper’

by , 4 Jan 2017 Popular article!

The ‘Pooper’ is no more. Suddenly Australian rugby is without the crutch upon which it has relied for so long, outstanding openside flank David Pocock.

The Australian rugby year in review

The Australian rugby year in review

by , 30 Dec 2016

This is one of those articles that pops up from time to time, one that you know has to be written, but one that isn’t going to be much fun to write, or read for that matter. And we all know the reasons why.

SANZAAR year in review: Part 4

SANZAAR year in review: Part 4

by , 30 Dec 2016

As another year draws to a close, with the flow of the sands of time as unremitting as ever, it’s time to introspect, before we look forward to another year of hard hits, great tries, reset scrums, the Southern Kings, a spurt of trans-Tasman “love” around mid-August, and Dean Mumm.

2016 year in review: International rugby

2016 year in review: International rugby

by , 28 Dec 2016

This year has been simply astonishing for Rugby. There were upsets, historic wins and losses coming at you left, right and centre as the sport moves on from the 2015 World Cup and prepares for the next.

Why the Wallabies’ attack is improving

Why the Wallabies’ attack is improving

by , 28 Dec 2016 Popular article!

The Wallabies’ end of year tour results were as expected: three wins against the weaker opponents (Wales, France and Scotland) and two losses against the strongest opposition, right at the end.


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