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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

Oh no, Waratahs 0! What has happened with skills coaching in Australian rugby?

Oh no, Waratahs 0! What has happened with skills coaching in Australian rugby?

by , 23 Apr 2018 Video

The kindest thing that can be said about the Waratahs’ 29-0 loss to the Lions, at their Sydney Allianz Stadium “fortress” (sigh!), is that they were so inept at the basic skills of attacking rugby they were lucky to get zero points.

Former Wallaby Horne forced to retire

Former Wallaby Horne forced to retire

by , 22 Apr 2018

Former Wallabies centre Rob Horne has been forced to retire from rugby after suffering an arm injury while playing for Northampton Saints in the UK Premiership.

How does Australia find a world-class No.8?

How does Australia find a world-class No.8?

by , 20 Apr 2018

Finding 110-120kg athletes who have superb balance and eye-to-hand coordination, are nearly two metres tall, can run explosively over 20-40 metres, and who have the physicality and mental attitude required for collision sports is a difficult task.

Issues for the Wallabies going forward

Issues for the Wallabies going forward

by , 17 Apr 2018

As we progress further into Super Rugby season, here are a few questions for Michael Cheika and his staff concerning the Wallabies.

The Folau case is a public relations disaster for Qantas and Rugby Australia

The Folau case is a public relations disaster for Qantas and Rugby Australia

by , 16 Apr 2018 Popular article!

What has happened to Israel Folau indicates that the inclusion and diversity programs run by Qantas and Rugby Australia seem to be, to coin a Trumpsim, ‘fake’ initiatives.

Channel Ten’s Loss could be rugby’s gain

Channel Ten’s Loss could be rugby’s gain

by , 14 Apr 2018

The new cricket broadcast deal has left a reported $100 million on the table between Channel Nine and Ten, and Rugby Australia must try and grab as much of it as possible.

Israel Folau feeling ‘positive’: Michael Hooper

Israel Folau feeling ‘positive’: Michael Hooper

by , 13 Apr 2018

NSW Waratahs and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says embattled teammate Israel Folau is in a positive headspace despite being engulfed in a storm of controversy.

Five big questions Rugby Australia must ask Michael Cheika

Five big questions Rugby Australia must ask Michael Cheika

by , 13 Apr 2018

With the June Tests coming up sooner than we realise, and the World Cup just around the corner next year, here are five questsions Rugby Australia should be asking Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Folau row a Waratahs “teaching tool”

Folau row a Waratahs “teaching tool”

by , 11 Apr 2018 Video

Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts have provided the NSW Waratahs with a “teaching tool” to educate players about online conduct, says coach Daryl Gibson.

Israel Folau avoids punishment for anti-gay comments following meeting with rugby bosses

Israel Folau avoids punishment for anti-gay comments following meeting with rugby bosses

by , 10 Apr 2018 Popular article! Video

Israel Folau has met with Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and her NSW Rugby counterpart Andrew Hore, and while he hasn’t been issued with any sanction, the Wallabies star has given no clear commitment to stop his comments demonising gay people.


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