Media Release Archive

October 2018

The 2018 National Rugby Championship comes down to the semi-finals this weekend. 

Fijian Drua will have the home ground advantage when they host the Canberra Vikings at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday. The Vikings will be bolstered with Qantas Wallabies stars Tom Banks, Rory Arnold, Joe Powell and Pete Samu to represent Canberra in the must-win clash.  


Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named three uncapped players in his 31-man squad for the third Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand in Japan.
Waratahs forward Jed Holloway has earned his first squad call-up after an impressive season in Vodafone Super Rugby while fellow New South Welshman Jake Gordon and Melbourne Rebels flanker Angus Cottrell are the other two uncapped players.

Qantas Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley has put pen to paper to re-commit to Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.
Fresh from leading the Wallabies to their biggest comeback in Test history last weekend against Argentina, the 29-year old has rebuffed offers from overseas to pursue World Cup glory in Japan next year.

The Qantas Wallabies will wear their indigenous-inspired playing strip for their November 24 clash with England at Twickenham Stadium, it was announced today.
The clash with England is the third and final Test for the Wallabies on their 2018 Spring Tour of the northern hemisphere, and will follow matches against Wales (Cardiff, November 10) and Italy (Padua, November 17).


Buildcorp Wallaroos star Samantha Treherne has been named in the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens squad that will compete in round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Colorado next weekend. 

Treherne impressed Australian Sevens selectors playing for the Buildcorp Wallaroos in the two Test Series against New Zealand, where she played fullback for Australia and backed it up with a strong performance for Griffith University in the Aon University Sevens Series.

Australia’s wingers in Emma Tonegato and Ellia Green have ensured that the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team will have plenty of pace out wide for the next two seasons with both players committing to Rugby Australia until 2020. 

Green and Tonegato were two of Australia’s stars in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with both players crossing for tries in the historic final against New Zealand to win Gold. 


The Buildcorp Wallaroos will play New Zealand’s Black Ferns on Saturday August 10 in 2019, as a part of a Double Header when the Qantas Wallabies take on New Zealand at Optus Stadium in Perth. 

It will be the first time that the Buildcorp Wallaroos have played a Test match in Western Australia. 


The Australian Schools and U18s Squad to tour Ireland and Scotland has been named with 27 players to partake on the unique northern hemisphere tour. 
Australia Schools will take on Scotland U19s and Ireland U19s across the three-week tour, with mid-week games against provincial sides including Munster Academy, to create a big challenge for the young Australians

Griffith University have won the Gold Medal match in round four of the Aon University Sevens Series at Bond University on the Gold Coast on Sunday, defeating Sydney University 31-0.    

Sydney University made the Gold Medal match for the first time since they joined the Aon University Sevens this year and proved they have become a strong force to contend with in their second-place finish. 

The Qantas Wallabies have produced a stunning second half fightback to defeat Argentina 45-34 in Salta on Sunday morning (AEDT).

The Wallabies trailed by 24 points at the main break, with a try inside the opening two minutes by surging back rower Pablo Matera sparking a four-try first half blitz from the Pumas, who by the half time whistle had already registered their highest Test score against Australia.

Australian Schools has gone down to New Zealand Schools 24-12 in a tight battle at Ballymore on Saturday evening.

In torrential conditions in Brisbane, New Zealand shot out to a 0-7 lead and could have scored more if not for some strong defensive work by Australia to hold out waves of New Zealand attack.

Brisbane City has won the inaugural U19s Rugby Championship (URC), defeating Queensland Country 40-7 at Viking Park in Canberra on Friday afternoon. 

Brisbane City scored six tries to one in the impressive victory with Junior Wallaby Isaac Lucas scoring 15 points throughout the match. 

The Aon University Sevens Series heads to Bond University on the Gold Coast this weekend for the penultimate round of the competition with three sides locked in first position. 

Griffith University, Macquarie University and the University of Queensland enter this round knowing that winning the whole series could be within their grasp if they can claim the gold medal this weekend. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his starting fifteen ahead of Australia’s Test against Argentina in Salta on Saturday evening (local time).

Bernard Foley will return to flyhalf for his first Test start since the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland back in August with Kurtley Beale shifting to inside centre.

Before the Australian Invictus Wheelchair Rugby stars hit the international stage, fans will have the chance to watch them in action at the 2018 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship in Sydney this week.

Three of the country’s best teams from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales will all go up against the former servicemen over three action-packed days from October 5 to 7.
September 2018

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting fifteen ahead of Australia’s Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon (local time).
Prop Taniela Tupou will earn his first Test start when he runs out at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium after six appearances off the bench to open his International career.

The draw for the inaugural U19 Rugby Championship (URC) has been confirmed, kicking off on Saturday 29 September at Viking Park in Canberra. 

The tournament will see Brisbane, NSW Country Eagles, Brumbies, Western Force, Sydney, Queensland Country, Melbourne Rebels and the Australian Barbarians battle it out at Viking Rugby Park in Canberra as teams vie for the title of the inaugural champions.

In round four of the National Rugby Championship, the Western Force have returned to winning ways after a thrilling 42-40 victory against Queensland Country on the Gold Coast. A 75th minute match winning try to back Jack McGregor sealed the victory for the Western Australians against the defending premiers. 

Brisbane City made it back to back victories after accounting for the Melbourne Rising 33-28 in Adelaide. Quade Cooper slotted four conversions as in the five try affair, as the Queensland side moved further up the NRC ladder. 

Griffith University have won the Gold Medal match of the Aon University Sevens Series, winning the Final against the University of Queensland 28-7 at the home of UQ in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. 

The Gold medal win is the first time Griffith have stood on the top of the podium in what was an action packed two days of Sevens Rugby for round three of the series. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named two uncapped players in his 30-man squad to tour South Africa and Argentina over the next two weeks.
Melbourne Rebels flanker Angus Cottrell will join the Wallabies fold for the first time with the workhorse impressing during the Vodafone Super Rugby season and in the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship for the Melbourne Rising.

For Eugene Murphy, volunteering is a labour of love. Throughout his time serving as Girls 7's Coordinator and Assistant Coach at Wests Junior Rugby Union in NSW, it’s fair to say that Eugene has made a significant impact on the club. 

With two rugby-playing daughters in the family, Eugene devotes most of his weekends and week days to the game. A passionate rugby player from a young age, Eugene hung up his boots after becoming a father, but has since made it his ‘duty’ to ensure the game can be played and enjoyed by all.

The Aon University Sevens Series heads to the University of Queensland this weekend for round three of the five round series. 

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the University of Queensland side did not make the Gold medal match last round, throwing open a battle for the Series at the top of the ladder.  Macquarie University and Griffith University have thrown down the challenge to the defending champions in what is a tightly contested top three. 

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh has secured his coaching and support team for the Aussie Men’s Sevens program ahead of the Olympic Qualifying year of the HSBC Sevens World Series. 

Joining the Aussie Sevens program as Assistant Coach is Classic Wallaby Stephen Hoiles who will travel with the team for six tournaments throughout the Series. 

Rugby Australia has today announced initial changes to its national talent management model and pathways for men's Rugby aimed at retaining and developing the best young talent in the game.

The changes come following a review by Rugby Australia in conjunction with the state unions and representatives of schools and junior club Rugby on the effectiveness of the current system in exposing, identifying and managing talent.

Qantas Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi has re-committed to Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) until the end of 2019.
The 24-year old is currently sidelined with a bicep injury after cementing his spot in the starting fifteen during the Wallabies' Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series in June.

Rugby’s leading decision-makers will meet in Sydney next week when Rugby Australia hosts key World Rugby committee meetings.
Within a week of scheduled meetings, World Rugby’s Executive, Rugby, Regional, Audit and Risk and Regulations Committees and Rugby World Cup Board will meet to discuss global rugby matters.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens veterans, Sharni Williams, Shannon Parry and Alicia Quirk have committed to the Aussie Sevens program, locking themselves in until the end of 2020. 

Parry and Williams have been the side’s Co-Captains since 2015 and have steered the squad to a Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and to two HSBC Sevens World Series titles. Both players have also been involved in the Buildcorp Wallaroos program, having earned 12 and 19 caps respectively. 

David Pocock and Israel Folau have been named to make their return to the Qantas Wallabies side ahead of Saturday night’s Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.
Pocock has been battling a neck complaint while Folau has trained strongly after suffering an ankle injury in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash.

Qantas Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2019.
The 26-year old has quickly become a Test star for the Wallabies with his aggressive style, in both attack and defence, since returning to 15-man game following a stint in Rugby League.

Qantas Wallabies lock Izack Rodda has committed his future to Australian Rugby re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds until the end of 2020.
The ten-Test forward has become a mainstay of Michael Cheika’s side ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan as he builds his second-row combination with Adam Coleman.

Macquarie University have won their first ever round of the Aon University Sevens Series defeating Griffith University, 26-0 in the Final in Canberra today for round two of the Series.  

The Gold medal win is the first time in the history of the competition that the University of Queensland has not claimed the top spot, opening up a blockbuster remainder three rounds of the series. 

Round two of the National Rugby Championship sees the two NSW sides in Sydney and NSW Country play their first matches of season 2018. Queensland Country take their first match on the road to Townsville, whilst the Western Force get their first NRC match at home. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Kurtley Beale at flyhalf for Saturday night’s Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium with Matt Toomua to play inside centre.
In a further change to the backs, Israel Folau returns to the side at fullback after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.

NSW Waratahs forward, Michael Wells will combine his Vodafone Super Rugby duties with the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens squad, under a new flexible contract arrangement agreed between Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby alongside Wells. 

Wells will be available for the first six tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series, before returning to play for the NSW Waratahs for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season. 

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens player, Charlotte Caslick has committed to Rugby Australia and the Aussie 7s program for a further two years until the end of 2020. 

One of the stars of the HSBC Sevens World Series, Caslick has won the World Rugby Women’s Sevens player of the year in 2016 and was a key part of Australia’s Gold Medal success at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Australian Rugby stars Charlotte Caslick and John Eales are getting behind a major international partnership between World Rugby and ChildFund to change children’s lives through the transformative power of sport, as part of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.


World Rugby Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper said: “We awarded the tournament to Japan because we knew that it could be a powerful game-changer for sporting and social change in Asia. As a transformational rugby for good program, ChildFund Pass It Back is the perfect embodiment of that objective and we are excited about the impact rugby can have to thousands of children within the world’s most populous and youthful continent.

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named three new faces amongst a 31-man squad to face South Africa and Argentina over the next fortnight.
Newly crowned Brumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold as well as Reds pair Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will join the Wallabies squad ahead of the Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night.

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team have received a major boost with star duo Emilee Cherry and Evania Pelite re-signing with the program until 2020.  

The Olympic Gold Medalists from Rio de Janeiro in 2016 have dominated the HSBC Sevens World Series in recent seasons with Emilee Cherry currently sitting in third on the all-time points scorers list in the history of Women’s Sevens. 

The Qantas Wallabies and Australian Sevens teams will use Odawara as their Japanese training base for the next three years.

With key matches and tournaments to be played in Japan in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Rugby Australia (Rugby AU) issued an expression of interest to the Japanese market in late 2017 to establish an Australian Rugby training base in the country.

August 2018

The Australian Schoolboys side to face New Zealand Schools and Tonga Schools in International fixtures at the home of Queensland Rugby, Ballymore in October has been cut down to 23 players. 

The Australian Schools Barbarians will also meet the International visitors ahead of the Australian Schoolboys tour to the UK and Ireland later in the year. 

The non-stop action and entertainment of the HSBC Sydney 7s continues in 2019 with tickets now on sale to the iconic tournament that lights up Sydney’s summer with a multicultural festival of Rugby from February 1-3. 

Teams from all over the world will descend on Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park to battle it out in the annual HSBC Men’s and Women’s Sevens World Series events.

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting fifteen ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park this Saturday.
Brumbies props Allan Alaalatoa and Scott Sio will bookend the scrum with Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu shifting to the bench.

The Buildcorp Wallaroos side to face New Zealand in the second Test at Eden Park has been named with only one change made to the starting XV with the return of centre, Sarah Riordan from injury. 

Riordan was ruled out of the first Test after a freak ankle injury at training prevented her from playing in the first leg of the two Test Series. 


The 2018 Aon University Sevens Series kicks off this weekend with ten Universities to descend on Hobart for round one of the five-round series.
Launching the competition in Sydney today was representatives from the ten Universities: University of Queensland, Bond University, Griffith University, University of New England, Macquarie University, University of Canberra, Adelaide University and tournament newcomers the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.   

For the last 35 years the Victorian Master Rugby Club – a competition created for over 35s – has supported the community in keeping fit and healthy by playing rugby regularly in a social, safe and welcoming environment.


Qantas Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has been ruled out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park in Auckland, after suffering an ankle injury in last night’s clash at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Melbourne Rebels back Sefa Naivalu will travel with the side to Auckland today as part of an updated 28-man squad.

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Reece Hodge to start at outside centre for Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup opener against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
It will be the 23-year old’s first Test start in the number 13 jersey with the versatile back having featured in nearly every other position in the Wallabies backline.

The Buildcorp Wallaroos side to face New Zealand in the first Test of 2018 on Saturday 18 August has been named with nine players to make their debut in the historic clash. 

Emily Chancellor, Georgia O’Neill, Atasi Lafai, Crystal Maguire, and Mhicca Carter will run out as Wallaroos for the time in the starting XV with Darryl Wickliffe, Melissa Fatu, Alice Tonumaivao and Shanice Parker to potentially make their debuts from the bench. 

Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach Dwayne Nestor has today confirmed his leadership group for the 2018 Internationals with Queenslander Liz Patu to captain the side this August. 

Patu will be joined by Rebecca Clough (Western Australia) and Sarah Riordan (Queensland and ADF) as Vice Captains as Australia continues to finalise its preparation for the two Test series against New Zealand. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has today trimmed his squad to 28, ahead of the opening Bledisloe Cup clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 18 August.
Experienced trio Michael Hooper (hamstring), Scott Sio (shoulder) and Dane Haylett-Petty (knee) have all passed fitness tests to be available for Saturday night’s clash against the world’s number one side, New Zealand.

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