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November 2017

The Qantas Wallabies have had their winning run ended in a controversial showdown with England on a rain-soaked Twickenham Stadium in London.

England scored three tries in the final eight minutes to blow out the final scoreline to 30-6, however the game had taken a dramatic turn after a potentially match-levelling try to Marika Koroibete in the 70th minute was disallowed for an obstruction.

Today Rugby Australia renewed their partnership for a further four years with OPRO who are the world’s largest mouthguard manufacturer.
OPRO will continue to provide mouth protection to hundreds of Rugby athletes for the next four years, including the Qantas Wallabies, Buildcorp Wallaroos, Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams, the Australian Under 20s and the Australian School Boys.

The Qantas Wallabies have opened their 2017 Spring Tour with a 29-21 victory over Wales at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

Three first half tries for the Wallabies through Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman and Michael Hooper set up a 22-13 advantage at the break, however it was a runaway five-pointer from Kurtley Beale midway through the second half that provided the fatal blow as Wales were surging in front of a vocal home crowd.

The Qantas Australian Women’s team has finished second at the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship after falling to New Zealand 5-12 in the Championship Final, with the Aussie Men’s team taking third place in a torrential and stormy Fiji today.

The young Aussie 7s Men’s side fell to New Zealand in the Championship Semi Final 0-31, but despite the score line, Australia asked questions of New Zealand’s defence.  

Queensland Country won their first NRC title after defeating Canberra Vikings 42-28 in an electrifying match at Viking Park on Saturday November 11, in front of a fired-up crowd of more than three thousand people.
Their six tries to four win means the Country boys have gone from wooden spooners to Champions in just 12 months. 

The Qantas Wallabies scored a comprehensive 63-30 victory over Japan at the venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final in Yokohama on Saturday November 4.

It was the fifth meeting between the two nations since 1975 but the first on Japanese soil, where a bulging home crowd saw the Brave Blossoms fight hard throughout the contest and pile on three second half tries to record their highest-ever score against the Wallabies.

Australian Rugby fans will have to keep an eye out for the new Falken 914 Rugby balls being thrown around the stadium for some fun at upcoming Test matches.
The strong grip balls feature Falkens’ tyre tread which helps to enhance performance both on the field and on the road.
The production of the new balls follows the announcement that Falken Tyres have re-signed as an official partner of the Qantas Wallabies for a further two years.

October 2017

The Rugby Australia Building was officially opened in Sydney today and is the first facility of its kind in Australia to house iconic national sporting teams alongside one of the country's leading tertiary education institutions.

Coinciding with its move to a brand-new headquarters, the national body for Rugby Union in Australia has been rebranded to Rugby Australia.
Israel Folau has won the John Eales Medal for an historic third time at the Rugby Australia Awards at Randwick Racecourse on Thursday evening.

The Qantas Wallabies have defeated New Zealand 23-18 in a Bledisloe Cup clash for the ages at a rain-soaked Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

10 Wallabies will be officially graduated into the Classic Wallabies family at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday night with a ceremony honouring their commitments to Australian Rugby and the Wallabies jersey over the years.
The Qantas Wallabies will host Ireland in the first three-Test series ever played between the two nations in June next year.

Qantas Wallabies assistant coach Mario Ledesma has today confirmed that he will head home to his native Argentina, to take up the role as Head Coach of the Jaguares for the 2018 Vodafone Super Rugby season.

The excitement of the HSBC Sydney 7s returns to the harbour city in 2018 with tickets for the General Public going on sale today.
The HSBC Volunteer of the Year award received a record number of nominations this year; undoubtedly a testament to the value placed on those that go above and beyond to care for our clubs and schools nationwide. 
September 2017
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has locked away seven of his stars with James Stannard, Jesse Parahi, John Porch, Sam Myers, Simon Kennewell, Liam McNamara and Ben O’Donnell all re-signing. 
With only one week to go until the HSBC Volunteer of the Year program closes, now is the time to think about and formally recognise the outstanding efforts of club volunteers across the country. 

Whilst it understands Western Australia’s disappointment following the outcome of Tuesday’s court decision, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is surprised to learn that it will be subject to a senate inquiry in relation to the future of Australian Rugby.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) welcomes today’s decision in the NSW Supreme Court, which provides legal certainty to all stakeholders.
August 2017
Every weekend across Australia volunteers give up their time so that you, your mates, or your kids, can enjoy the game of rugby. It’s an often forgotten role but the reality is that without volunteers, our clubs wouldn’t run.
Ten years ago the Wests Bulldogs rugby club in Brisbane was in need of some help. The club house was run-down; filled with weeds and the odd graffiti tag. Junior player numbers were dwindling and the Club struggled with a solution to turn this around. The on field results told a similar concerning story – no finals football for over ten years and a premiership was a distant memory. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence.
Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell has named his match-day 23 ahead of the team’s opening pool game of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World, against host-nation Ireland, at the University College Dublin (UCD) Bowl at 4:00am (AEST) on Thursday, 10 August.
July 2017
The inaugural Aon Women’s University Sevens Series (Aon Uni 7s) was officially launched at Macquarie University in Sydney today, hailing the evolution of Women’s Rugby Sevens in Australia with the five-week tournament to kick off on August 25. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has appointed former Qantas Wallabies playmaker Rod Kafer to a project role within its High Performance department, where he will lead the facilitation of Australia’s elite coach development program.
For the first time in history, the Qantas Wallabies will wear an Indigenous jersey to commemorate the role of Indigenous Australians in rugby’s past, present and future
June 2017

Sydney Airport have confirmed their support for the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team for a further three years

Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation systems, has partnered with Australian Rugby Union as its official enterprise technology partner for the next two years

On Friday June 16, Classic Wallabies rugby legends farewelled eight young Indigenous Australians taking part in the Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange Program

The Buildcorp Wallaroos squad to take on England this Friday 9 June at 10.30am AEST in Wellington, has been named for Australia’s first international match of 2017

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has published its Reconciliation Action Plan progress in the ARU Reconciliation Action Plan Progress Report

May 2017

The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss of former New South Wales and Wallabies inside centre, Peter Phipps

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has joined forces with the GingerCloud Foundation in an official partnership that will foster and promote the development of GingerCloud’s Modified Rugby Program

The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss off former New South Wales and Wallabies flanker, Denis O’Callaghan, who passed away earlier this week, aged 77

The entire Australian Women’s Sevens squad will play in the upcoming Women’s Aon Uni 7s Series, with players to link up with the university teams around the country

Rugby fans around the country will get to watch their gold medal-winning Australian Women’s Sevens heroes in action as the Aon Uni 7s teams vie for supremacy in the Aon Uni 7s Series

General public tickets have gone on sale today for the Qantas Wallabies’ three afternoon Test matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy this June

General public tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow for the Qantas Wallabies’ three afternoon Test matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy this June

The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss of former Wallabies and New South Wales flanker, Terence Reid, who passed away over the weekend, aged 82.

April 2017
Fans from across the Oceania region and the world will be able to watch the next generation of professional Rugby players in the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship with the entire tournament to be streamed LIVE through and Oceania Rugby.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced its 2016 results at the ARU Annual General Meeting, held in Sydney
Central to Australian Rugby’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, is making rugby ‘a game for all’. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

This International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and ChildFund Australia are highlighting the importance of sport in a unique partnership.

Women in sport is a hot topic in Australia, and for good reason.

The Australian Rugby refereeing team continues to receive high accolades on the World stage with Amy Perrett selected for her second Women’s Rugby World Cup alongside up and coming official, Graham Cooper. 

Australian Rugby has strengthened its commitment to the safety and inclusion of all participants in rugby with a nationwide roll-out of new and updated policies and procedures

March 2017

The Super U20s Championship Final will be contested at Ballymore Stadium this Sunday from 2pm between defending Champions Queensland U20s and NSW Gen Blue U20s.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has rejected the research findings recently published by Roy Morgan on the number of ‘active participants’ in the sport of Rugby in Australia.

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