Media Release Archive

February 2018
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. 


One of stars for Macquarie University in the inaugural year of the Aon University Sevens Series has completed her graduation into Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Squad with the announcement of a full time professional contract today.

The Commonwealth Youth Games Gold Medalist is a product of the Australian Women’s Sevens Pathway having been in the Aussie Youth team, the Aon Uni 7s, on a development contract and has now earned a fulltime professional contract.

On the eve of the 2018 HSBC Sydney 7s, FOX SPORTS, films and Onion TV will take fans on a journey inside one of the most famous triumphs in Australian Rugby history.

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team created history when they captured a ground-breaking Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

For the first time ever, fans at this months’ HSBC Sydney 7s will be served craft beer following a new partnership struck with Gage Roads Brewing Co.
The award-winning brewery will be one of the official partners for the massive three-day event which attracts thousands of people from across Australia and around the world. 

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens side have confirmed their line-up for the Hottest7s in Darwin this weekend.

Qantas Australian Men’s coach Andy Friend has named a strong line-up, with Olympian Jesse Parahi to captain the side over the two day event starting January 20. 

Former Qantas Australian Men's Sevens captain Ed Jenkins has been forced to retire from the game as he battles a shoulder injury. 

Jenkins became the first, and only, Australian to notch 50 Sevens caps, when he ran out in Hong Kong last year. 

Rugby Australia, the NSW Rugby Union and the Victorian Rugby Union are mourning the loss of former Wallabies prop Dr Geoffrey Vaughan who passed away peacefully on January 4, aged 84.

A hard-nosed loosehead prop, Vaughan was known for his fierce tackling and outstanding set-piece skill, playing six Tests for the Wallabies in 1958.

Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and Australia’s four Super Rugby teams are pleased to announce the execution of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), following months of robust but productive and private discussions between the parties.

The new CBA is effective immediately and runs through to the end of 2020, in line with the current broadcast agreement.

December 2017

Queensland Rugby Union, Rugby Australia and Karmichael Hunt have today agreed that it is in the best interests of all parties that Karmichael is stood down immediately from any team-related Rugby activities, including training and playing commitments. 
The parties are awaiting information from the Queensland Police pertaining to the circumstances of the recent allegations before any next steps or return to Rugby activities will be contemplated. 

Rugby Australia was been made aware of an incident involving Wallabies and Queensland Reds back Karmichael Hunt in Brisbane overnight. It is understood Hunt was arrested and has subsequently been released by Queensland Police.
Rugby Australia today mourns the loss of Wallaby 455 and former Captain, Ken Catchpole who has passed away at the age of 78.

Rugby Australia has joined together with the Queensland Reds and the rugby community in mourning the loss of Wallaby 594, Stan Pilecki, who has passed away at the age of 70.

Today it was announced that Vodafone Super Rugby veteran Mitch Chapman will take up a new role as Head Coach of Referees for Rugby Australia.

Chapman spent his playing career at the NSW Waratahs, Brumbies and Queensland Reds.

Now Chapman will oversee Rugby Australia’s growing refereeing team as well as help manage their high-performance requirements and assist in coaching them at an elite level whilst reporting into the Head of Referees, Scott Young.

Rugby Australia today launched the Super W Competition that will re-define the landscape for Women’s XVs Rugby in Australia, with the five-team competition to kick off in March 2018.

Australia’s five State representative teams; Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria, and Western Australia will compete around the country in a six-week competition which will conclude with a final in April.

Rugby Australia has today signaled its intent to secure the hosting rights for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2027 Rugby World Cup (Men's).

The Rugby Australia Board resolved to launch official bids for both the Women’s and Men’s tournaments on the day the code announced a new national women’s competition to kick off in 2018.

Highly-regarded sports administrator Raelene Castle has today been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Australia.
The former Chief Executive Officer of National Rugby League club Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Netball New Zealand will begin in the role January 2018 following the resignation of Bill Pulver in August.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team has had a significantly improved day two of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens finishing in ninth with dominant victories against Uganda, Wales and Spain.

The rear-guard action from the Aussie 7s was clinical on day two after Australia was disappointed with their performance on day one of Cape Town with losses to New Zealand and USA hampering further progression into the tourney.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team has won the Fifth Placed Final against Samoa 22-17, to ensure the side finished just outside the top four for crucial Series points in Dubai this morning.

The Aussie 7s fell to a fast finishing English side (19-26) in the Cup Quarter Finals, before bouncing back to defeat Kenya (19-12) and Samoa in the Fifth Place Final.

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has won the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai, defeating the USA in the Cup Final 34-0.

Australia accounted for England (29-12) and Canada (25-7) in the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals respectively before putting on a clinical display in the Final, out gunning the Americans six tries to zero.

November 2017

With the HSBC Sydney 7s Tournament just around the corner, Rugby Australia is proud to have Sharp on board as a partner to offer the best services for our athletes.  
Sharp have installed high-tech display panels and interactive whiteboards inside the Rugby Australia Building to help the teams prepare for the three day tournament.

Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast will play host to Qantas Wallabies home fixtures in the 2018 edition of The Rugby Championship, it was announced today.

After a second-place finish in 2017, the Qantas Wallabies will be out to go one better in 2018 when they renew their rivalries with New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina in the quad-nations series.

In a thrilling day of Rugby Sevens in Bendigo, NSW Blue has won the Women’s National title with Queensland Red defeating Queensland White in a tense Men's Final to be claimed respective 2017 Champions.

In the Women’s Championship Final NSW Blue shot out to an early lead and were able to hold back a strong Queensland outfit and take the match 24-5 with a brace of tries from Katie Harrison putting the NSW side out of site from Queensland.

The Qantas Wallabies have been defeated by Scotland 53-24 in a disappointing end to their 2017 Spring Tour campaign at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

In Stephen Moore’s final Test in a Wallabies jersey, the men in gold played the entire second half a man down after Sekope Kepu was shown a red card just before the break.

Rugby fans are the big winners from the NSW Government’s Sydney stadium plans announced today.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres confirmed Allianz and ANZ Stadiums will be rebuilt and transformed into world-class facilities, ensuring fans of the NSW Waratahs and Australia’s national teams including the Qantas Wallabies and Qantas Australian Sevens teams will experience their teams like never before.

Today the #MoreThanASpectator campaign launches across the country which urges Australians to challenge sexist behaviours and attitudes that fuel violence against women and children.
Rugby Australia has once again joined forces with Our Watch and three other major sporting codes to push out some powerful messages.

Thousands of school students from regional NSW and Queensland will be taking a break from the classroom to score some new skills and life lessons out on the Rugby pitch.

Next week the Queensland Rugby Union is helping Rugby Australia continue its mission to roll out Australia’s first Indigenous Rugby Program, known as Deadly 7s, to another 11 schools across the two states.

Rugby Australia has today addressed the recent release of a Senate report following an inquiry on ‘the future of Australian Rugby’.

Rugby Australia Chairman, Cameron Clyne said: “We note the recommendations in the report, and thank the Committee for the opportunity to participate in the inquiry.


Rugby Australia has rejected claims that it is responsible for RugbyWA entering voluntary administration and will continue negotiations to settle legal costs.

Legal costs triggered by RugbyWA’s pursuit of Rugby Australia totalled approximately $1.7 million. Rugby Australia is prepared to settle for less than one-third of this amount and has communicated this to RugbyWA on several occasions.

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.
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