Media Release Archive

April 2018

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens squad for round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series has been named, as the Aussie 7s look to bounce back after taking the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Interim Head Coach John Manenti has made three changes from the squad that competed at the Commonwealth Games with Sharni Williams (ankle) and Ellia Green (knee) to miss the tournament because of injury.

Qantas Wallabies lock Lukhan Tui has committed his future to Australian Rugby re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds until the end of 2020.
The four-Test forward enjoyed a breakout year in 2017 after making his international debut in the 27-all draw with South Africa in Bloemfontein.

The Australian Men’s Sevens side have finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games after accounting for Kenya and Scotland on the final day.
Australia started brightly on Sunday as they brushed aside Kenya 33-5 in front of a sold out crowd at Robina Stadium.

The Australian Women’s Sevens side have claimed Silver at the Commonwealth Games following an epic Final against New Zealand on Sunday. 
The two great rivals were locked at 12-all at the end of regular time before an 80 metre effort from New Zealand well into extra-time sealed the Gold.

The Junior Wallabies Squad for the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship has been named for the clashes against Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand U20s later this month on the Gold Coast. 

The Australian squad will descend on Bond University for the tournament’s fourth year, where the young men in gold will be striving to win the championship for the first time. 


This morning the Waratahs training field was packed with excitement as dozens of students from the Royal Institute for the Deaf and Blind (RIDC) were given their first lesson in rugby from the codes’ top teachers.
The Tahs took the students through some basic drills and weaved into the training were some important messages about the game.

Rugby Australia’s Annual Report is available here

Rugby Australia (Rugby AU) today announced its 2017 results at its Annual General Meeting, held at the Rugby Australia Building in Sydney.

In 2017, Rugby AU continued working under its revised 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for Australian Rugby to achieve its vision: “To inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game”.

The stage is set for the inaugural Buildcorp Super W Final with arch rivals NSW Women and Queensland Women to meet at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Friday 20 April. 

The match will be played alongside the NSW Waratahs when they take on the Lions from Johannesburg, with the Buildcorp Super W Final to kick off at 4.45pm AEST.   

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side’s campaign has come to an end at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after falling short to France in the Challenge Trophy semi-final.
The Aussies got showed a lot of fight in their Challenge Trophy quarter-final against England, coming from behind twice to score the match winner well after the 14-minute mark to progress to the semi-finals.

Veteran Jesse Parahi has been named the acting captain of the Australian Men’s Sevens team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. 

Parahi inherits the position from James Stannard who was ruled out of the Games following an off-field incident on Good Friday.

Round four of Buildcorp Super W has seen the Brumbies Women post their first win, defeating the Melbourne Rebels Women in Melbourne, while Queensland Women emerged victorious, in a two-point victory over the Western Force Women, to secure a berth in the Final against NSW.
March 2018

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have named seven new faces for Hong Kong with Andy Friend’s side focused on the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast the following weekend. 
Olympian Con Foley returns to the Australian fold as does Sam Figg, with Australia’s next generation to take centre stage at the world famous tournament.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle has today reiterated the importance of the NSW Government’s Sydney stadiums redevelopment plan following the release of a report into the economic benefits of hosting the Rugby World Cup.

The report, which was undertaken by EY on behalf of the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 organising committee, estimates the 44-day tournament will generate a record total output of around £2.97 billion (A$5.47 billion) for the Japanese economy, attract up to 400,000 international visitors and support up to 25,000 jobs.

Rugby Australia has today launched its new brand campaign #PartOfMore which showcases Rugby in a whole new light. 

The national campaign kick starts an exciting new era for the code with a goal for the game to become more relevant, inclusive and accessible to all Australians

Qantas Wallabies winger Henry Speight has signed a new deal with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of 2019.

The 19-Test star has put to paper on a one-year extension to see him remain on Australian soil until at least the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Qantas Wallabies have announced Simon Raiwalui as Australia’s new forwards coach until the end of 2019.

The former Fiji international will assume the role following the completion of his club duties with Biarritz in France.

Round three of Buildcorp Super W saw NSW Women continue their winning ways as they defeated the Brumbies Women in Sydney, while Queensland Women registered their second win from three games after a strong performance over Melbourne Rebels Women in Brisbane.

The Junior Wallabies will play Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in April and May, in the fourth year of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship at Bond University on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Australia will take on the flying Fijians in the first match, then will play tournament newcomers, Tonga, with the final match to be against arch rivals New Zealand on Saturday 5 May.

Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens captain Lewis Holland has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after scans revealed the severity of his hamstring injury.
Holland will be sidelined for two months after injuring his hamstring in Vancouver during the most recent leg of the Sevens World Series.

Rugby Australia has today concluded its disciplinary process into the off-field conduct of Wallabies and Queensland Reds back Karmichael Hunt following his arrest in Brisbane on December 30, 2017.

Hunt was the subject of criminal proceedings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty on separate charges of possessing a dangerous drug (Alprazolam) and contravening a Police direction. He was fined $300 by the Court for each offence.

Rugby Australia has today confirmed Olympic Gold medal-winning Coach Tim Walsh as the next Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach.

Walsh announced in January he would vacate the Head Coach position with the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team following the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, having guided the team to an historic Gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and a HSBC Sevens World Series title in 2016.

Round two of Buildcorp Super W has seen Queensland Women get onto the winners list defeating the Brumbies Women in Canberra, whilst NSW Women put in a dominant performance over the Western Force Women to remain undefeated in the series.

Both matches were played as double headers to Vodafone Super Rugby matches with the Brumbies playing the Sharks on Saturday evening and the Waratahs playing the Melbourne Rebels in an Australian conference clash on Sunday afternoon.

With the first Irish Test match kicking off in just 84 sleeps, two Australian icons have come together to undertake extensive sleep research with the Qantas Wallabies.
Online furniture retailer Koala has partnered with the team to help them achieve the perfect nights’ sleep before taking to the field.  

Commonwealth Games Australia is pleased to announce the Men’s and Women’s Australian Rugby Sevens squads for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.

This will be the first time Women will compete for Rugby Sevens Gold at the Commonwealth Games after the initial introduction of Rugby Sevens in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle has today reaffirmed Rugby Australia’s support for the NSW Government’s Sydney stadiums redevelopment plan.

Rugby Australia announced its intentions last December to bid for the hosting rights for the next Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 as well as the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have finished sixth at the HSBC Canada Sevens after going down to England in the fifth-place playoff on finals day in Vancouver.
The Aussies Cup quarter-final against defending World Champions South Africa was a heartbreaker, with Australia surrendering a 19-point lead to lose after the final siren.

NSW Women and Western Force Women have both started their Buildcorp Super W campaigns with victories in the opening round of the competition this weekend.

NSW took on arch rivals Queensland Women in a double header match at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, taking bragging rights with an 18-0 victory.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has committed to helping Rugby Australia roll out its first Indigenous Rugby program known as Deadly 7s in 2018. 

The ASC has agreed to support the initiative through the Australian Government’s $160 million Sporting Schools Program.

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have gone undefeated on day one to top their pool and set-up a Cup Quarter-Final clash with defending World Champions South Africa at the HSBC Canada Sevens.
Fielding the same 12 for the first time in his coaching career, Andy Friend’s side started their day with a match-up against the host nation where 30,000 fans packed BC Place in Vancouver.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has retained the same 12-man squad for this weekend’s Vancouver Sevens.
Australia finished sixth in Las Vegas last weekend after a nail biting extra-time defeat to New Zealand in the fifth-place playoff.

After months of training, the final drills have been run, the teams have been selected and the gates are ready to be opened for the inaugural season of Buildcorp Super W which kicks off this weekend.

150 Women will participate in the new competition as each of the five state-based sides vie to be crowned national champions and individual players fight for selection in the Buildcorp Wallaroos squad for 2018.

The wait is almost over for Rugby fans looking to take part in history with tickets going on sale to the general public at 10.00am AEST tomorrow for the 2018 Test Series between the Qantas Wallabies and Ireland. 

The June series will be the first ever three-Test series between the two nations with matches to be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on June 9, AAMI Park in Melbourne on June 16, and Allianz Stadium in Sydney on June 23.

Queensland and NSW will headline the opening round of the 2018 Buildcorp Super W, with the arch rivals set to do battle at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane as part of a blockbuster double-header on March 10.

The interstate rivalry was reignited when the two sides played out an epic final at the Brisbane Global Rugby 10s last month, and the explosive rematch is set to share the big stage with the Vodafone Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Bulls.

Buildcorp has today been confirmed as the official naming rights partner of the inaugural Buildcorp Super W.

The family owned Sydney-based construction firm has been one of Rugby Australia’s longest serving partners and has given the ground-breaking national women’s XVs competition the ultimate boost by signing off on a multi-year partnership.
February 2018

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh will take a near full-strength side to Las Vegas next weekend for their final hitout before the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The defending Olympic Gold Medalists will take on USA in a five-game exhibition series in a format that will mirror what the squad will face on the Gold Coast in April.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has made three changes to his side ahead of the Las Vegas Sevens next weekend.
Skipper Lewis Holland and veteran Jesse Parahi return to the side after missing the Hamilton leg while rookie Jeral Skelton is set for just his second HSBC Sevens World Series cap.

Following months of anticipation, the 2018 Vodafone Super Rugby season is upon us with the action set to kick off in Australia this weekend.
Across the four Australian teams 156 players have been signed to the 2018 season including 22 fresh faces who are in line to make their Super Rugby debut.
Each Australian team will also welcome back a stellar line up of experienced players with 21 of them set to celebrate a career landmark of either 50 or 100 Super Rugby caps during the season.

Following the conclusion of criminal proceedings against Karmichael Hunt in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, Rugby Australia has resumed its investigation in relation to his conduct. 

Hunt pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous drug (Alprazolam) and contravening a police direction. A separate charge of cocaine possession was dropped.

The Queensland Reds and Wallabies back will continue his voluntary stand-down from all Rugby duties until the matter is resolved by Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU). 

A further update will be provided at the appropriate time.

The Qantas Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams will be spotted wearing a new back-of-shorts logo throughout the of the 2018 HSBC Sevens World Series following an extended partnership with Invast Global.
The investment firm will sponsor the Men’s tournaments in Hong Kong on April 6 and Singapore on April 28 as well as the Women’s final three tournaments in Japan on April 21, Canada on May 12 and Paris on June 8.

Rugby Australia (Rugby AU) today announced significant changes to Junior and Senior Rugby aimed at ensuring maximum safety and enjoyment for all participants, with the introduction of new national Size for Age guidelines and the Blue Card concussion management system.


As excitement brews ahead of another action-packed season of rugby, Yenda has come on board as the official beer of the Qantas Wallabies and Vodafone Super Rugby competition.
Owned by the Australian Beer Company, the three-year partnership will see Yenda take part in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Dwayne Nestor has today been confirmed as the new head coach of the Buildcorp Wallaroos.

The Wallaroos former assistant coach will take the reins effective immediately as the side gears towards the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The Australian Rugby community is in mourning today at the loss of one of its iconic figures, former Wallabies Captain Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC, OBE.

Sir Nicholas passed away peacefully in Sydney on Sunday night, surrounded by family including his wife the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, and children Michael, Susan, and Alexandra.

The 2018 Vodafone Super Rugby season was officially launched in Brisbane this morning as the four Australian teams begin their quest to bring home the world’s most coveted provincial Rugby trophy.
The four Australian Super Rugby Captains Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Adam Coleman (Rebels), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), and Scott Higginbotham (Reds) opened up about their teams’ preparations just two weeks out from their opening battles.

Rugby Australia today announced Land Rover has become the Official Vehicle partner of the Qantas Wallabies ahead of the 2018 season.

The three-year deal, which runs until the end of 2020, will see the Land Rover brand mark on the Gilbert Test match Rugby balls in all matches involving the Qantas Wallabies in Australia. The Land Rover logo will also appear on the back of the Qantas Wallabies team shorts.

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have backed up their win last week in Sydney with a bronze medal in New Zealand at the HSBC Hamilton Sevens in New Zealand on Sunday with a trilling 8-7 win over New Zealand. 

The side got off to the perfect start on finals day in Hamilton with a huge 33-12 win over day one surprise packets, Kenya to set-up a replay of the Sydney decider against South Africa.

January 2018

With today's decision by the Brisbane Magistrate's Court to adjourn Karmichael Hunt's case for three-weeks, Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) have confirmed Hunt's voluntary stand-down will continue through to the next scheduled Court hearing on February 19.

Rugby Australia and the QRU will provide further comment at the appropriate time.

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have broken their HSBC Sevens World Series tournament drought after a 29-nil demolition of reigning Series champions South Africa. 

Australia hadn't won a World Series tournament since Tokyo in 2012 but waltzed their way to the 2018 Sydney7s crown following day three victories over New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens side have created history after claiming the HSBC Sydney7s title thanks to a 31-nil victory over New Zealand in the Cup final. 

Since the HSBC Sevens World Series began in 1999, no team - in either Men's or Women's - has ever won a tournament without conceding a point but Australia did it in style, as they ran in 213 points in attack in front of a boisterous local crowd. 

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Andy Friend has made two changes to his side ahead of the Sydney7s this weekend at Allianz Stadium kicking off on Australia Day. 

Veteran Jesse Parahi returns to the team while speedster Charlie Taylor has earned his first start of the 2017/18 season after impressing in Darwin last weekend at the Hottest7s. Matthew Hood and Jeral Skelton drop out of the squad that won the Challenge Trophy in Cape Town. 

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