The Australian Rugby community is mourning the loss of the first Wallabies representative ever selected from Western Australia, Bob “Tommo” Thompson who passed away at his home in Rotorua, New Zealand on Sunday.
The Rotorua born and bred hooker has the rare distinction of being the only man to play for both the Wallabies and the New Zealand Maori team, which he represented once in 1968 through his mother’s lineage.
A thee-try burst has set up 26-7 victory for the Qantas Wallabies over Italy in Padova overnight, maintaining Australia’s unblemished Test record against the Italians.
Speedster Marika Koroibete crossed for a double in the space of five minutes in the lead up to half time, and hulking prop Taniela Tupou barged over for another five-pointer just after the break to set the Wallabies on course for victory in an otherwise tight contest.
The 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season will see back to back provincial Rugby at its best with no breaks for Internationals across the 18 rounds of competition kicking off on February 15 and concluding with the Final on July 6.
With the Rugby World Cup kicking off in Japan in September, fans can follow the current Wallabies stars and World Cup squad hopefuls battle it out for a ticket to the game’s showpiece event by leading their Super Rugby teams to glory.
Young guns Jake Gordon and Jordan Petaia are each set to make their Test debut for the Qantas Wallabies in their clash with Italy at Stadio Euganeo on Saturday in Padua, Italy.
Gordon will become Wallaby 925 with Petaia to be Wallaby 926, as well as the third-youngest player to ever represent Australia at Test level behind Brian Ford (18 years and 90 days) and James O’Connor (18 years and 126 days).
Rugby Australia will continue its push to further the growth of women’s Rugby in Australia after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to New Zealand early this morning (AEDT).
New Zealand won a vote of the World Rugby Council members (25-17) after a Rugby Australia bid team headed by Chief Executive, Raelene Castle and Chairman, Cameron Clyne presented the bid before the Council meeting in Dublin overnight.
Qantas Wallabies backrower Jack Dempsey has re-signed with Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs on a two-year deal to keep him in Australian Rugby until at least 2020.
The 24-year old marked his return to Test rugby against New Zealand in Japan last month, capping a 12 month injury lay-off.
The Qantas Wallabies have suffered a narrow defeat to Wales in a grinding, tryless contest at Principality Stadium in Cardiff early this morning (AEDT).
Wales emerged victorious for the first time in 14 Tests against the Australians, with replacement back Dan Biggar’s 77th minute penalty goal the decisive blow in a contest that ended 9-6 in favour of the home side.
The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has won the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, defeating New Zealand 14-10 in a thrilling Final at ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday.
In the Men’s Championship, Australia left opportunities out on the park, finishing in fourth place after going down to New Zealand in the Cup Semi Final and Samoa in the Third Place play off.
The Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens sides have had an undefeated start to their 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship campaigns at ANZ Stadium in Suva Fiji on Friday.
The Aussie Women defeated Nauru (58-0), Samoa (45-0) and Papua New Guinea (31-0) with the Aussie Men topping their Pool with victories over Vanuatu (50-0) and Cook Islands (27-0).
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting side for the opening Spring Tour Test against Wales at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Adam Coleman will start at lock after missing the third Bledisloe Cup clash because of a groin strain while Jack Dempsey and Samu Kerevi make their long-awaited return to the starting side after playing off the bench against New Zealand.