Media Release Archive

June 2018

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his starting side ahead of the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series decider, to be played in front of a sold-out Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

David Pocock shifts to number 8 to make way for Lukhan Tui at blindside flanker while Nick Phipps will start in the number nine jersey after Will Genia suffered a fractured arm in game two.

NSW Waratahs scrumhalf Jake Gordon has joined the Qantas Wallabies Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series squad after Will Genia underwent surgery on a fractured arm.
Gordon returned from Japan this morning after playing for the Waratahs in an exhibition game against NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo yesterday.

The Junior Wallabies have won the Fifth Place Final of the World Rugby U20s Championship on Sunday night, defeating Argentina U20s 41-15 at the Stade De La Mediterranee, Béziers.

Australia scored five tries to two as the young men in gold secured Fifth Place from the Championship in the battle for rankings for the 2019 tournament.

The Qantas Wallabies have fallen to a desperate Ireland 21-26 in another tight battle at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Irish drew level in the best-of-three Mitsibushi Estate Ireland Series in a contest where they controlled possession and dominated territory to set up a blockbuster series decider at Allianz Stadium in Sydney next weekend.

The Junior Wallabies have defeated Italy 44-15 in the Fifth Place Semi Final at the World Rugby U20s Championship overnight in Narbonne. 

Australia scored six tries to Italy’s three with the boot of Ryan Lonergan causing more damage on the scoreboard as the young men in gold secured a place in the Fifth Place Final.  

Rugby Australia has today paid tribute to the sport’s Queens Birthday Honours recipients for 2018.

A total of seven recipients named among the outstanding contributors to Australian society were acknowledged for their service to Rugby Union, headlined by Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) Chairman, Bruce Hodgkinson, and Moruya’s Robert Bradley, who both received an AM.

The Junior Wallabies will face off against Italy early on Wednesday morning as the young Australian side continues its battle for rankings at the World Rugby U20s Championship in France. 

Australia will play in the Fifth Place Semi Final, kicking off at 12.30am AEST from Narbonne on Wednesday 13 June with the match to be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS. 

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have finished fourth in the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, despite a disappointing 11th place result at the HSBC Paris Sevens.

The side claiming three podium finishes throughout the 10-leg series, bronze in Hamilton, silver in Singapore and the highlight of the season, gold in front of their home crowd in Sydney at the HSBC Sydney 7s. 

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has gone down to New Zealand in the Cup Final of the HSBC Paris Sevens (33-7). 

The second-place finish in Paris, has ensured that Australia has won the overall battle for the Series Championship on 92 points. In a photo finish over five tournaments, New Zealand fell short on 90 points with France in third on 68 points. 

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens side will be crowned overall series champions of the HSBC Sevens World Series after ensuring a place in the Final in Paris overnight. 

The side will meet New Zealand in the tournament decider but can’t be beaten on the overall ladder, leading their Trans-Tasman rivals by four points heading into the final leg of the Series.

The Qantas Wallabies defeated Ireland 18-9 in an enthralling opening Test of the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night. In front of 46, 273 fans in Brisbane, the Qantas Wallabies scored two tries and held the visitors try-less in a fierce contest. It was Ireland’s first defeat in 13 Test matches and Wallabies flanker David Pocock was immense in his return to International Rugby, commanding the breakdown and scoring the match-winning try inside the final eight minutes of the contest.

Australia’s top Rugby athletes will be powered by the nation’s favourite beverage brands after a new partnership between Coca-Cola Amatil and Rugby Australia was announced today.
The new two-year partnership for 2018 and 2019 involves a wide-ranging, multi-beverage, multi-team deal which includes Coca-Cola South Pacific and Coca-Cola Amatil flagship products including Powerade, Pump water, Coca-Cola, Cascade mixers, Barista Brothers, Zico coconut water, and Monster and Mother energy drinks.

The Junior Wallabies have fallen to New Zealand 18 to 27 at Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan on Friday morning in an entertaining Pool A World Championship battle.

Australia fought hard against their Trans-Tasman rivals coming within two points on two occasions, but New Zealand held out Australia’s pressure long enough to earn the win and top Pool A.

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu to start in the first Test of the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series.

Saturday night’s clash will cap a remarkable rise for Paenga-Amosa who was playing for Southern Districts in Sydney’s Shute Shield this time last year.

The Junior Wallabies have been bolstered by the return of the Queensland Reds players Hamish Stewart, Harry Hockings and Jordan Petaia ahead of their final Pool A clash against New Zealand at the World Rugby U20s Championship on Friday morning. 

The three players have joined the squad following on from the clash between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs in the last round of Super Rugby before the International break, following injuries to James Ramm, Len Ikitau and Trevor Hosea, who have returned to Australia.  

New South Wales hooker Tolu Latu has been added to Michael Cheika’s Qantas Wallabies squad for the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series ahead of the first Test at Suncorp Stadium.
Latu has played four times for Australia and completes the 33-man squad following the withdrawal of Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese after confirmation of his anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens side has been named for the last leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris, with Tim Walsh making three changes to his squad for the series finale.

Jeral Skelton, Brandon Quinn and Dylan Pietsch join the starting squad, with Joe Pincus moving to 13th man, replaced by Liam McNamara as Australia hunts for an improved performance after bowing out in the Quarter Finals of the London Sevens last weekend. 

For the first time ever Foxtel Touch 7s will be recognised on the world stage after being listed as one of the major sports at the 2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November.
In another Australian Rugby first, there will be no qualification needed to take to the field. Anyone aged 30 or over is welcome to compete in either the women’s or mixed teams.

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has been announced for the final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris this weekend, with the Aussie 7s holding on to first position on the HSBC Sevens World Series standings.  

New Zealand is in hot pursuit after their dominant performance in Langford, leaving them in second position on the ladder, four points behind Australia. 

The Junior Wallabies have defeated Japan 54-19 overnight in the second pool game of the World Rugby U20s Championship at Stade de la Mediterranee, Bézier.  

Australia scored eight tries in the high scoring affair as the Junior Wallabies moved into second in Pool A on six points with New Zealand leading the pool on 10 points. Wales sits in third after losing to New Zealand on four points. 

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have exited at the fifth-place Semi-Final stage in a disappointing day two at the HSBC London Sevens.

The Aussies first task was the Cup Quarter Final against hosts England at Twickenham. The Australians off to the better start and held a slender five-point lead at the break, however they were unable to hold on in the second stanza, going down in a thriller 17-21.

Qantas Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese has returned to Melbourne after suffering a suspected ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Melbourne Rebels’ win over the Blues in Auckland.
The 21-year old will have further scans on his left knee in Melbourne this week with a replacement player for the Qantas Wallabies squad to be confirmed today. 

Peter Samu has joined the Qantas Wallabies squad in Brisbane ahead of the opening Test of the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series after an agreement was reached between Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby (NZR).
Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said: “I want to thank New Zealand Rugby for their consideration in releasing Peter for international duties.

Rugby Australia recently announced John Manenti as the new Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach until 2021, officially taking over the reins from Tim Walsh after serving in an interim capacity. 

Manenti comes into the role following a three-year apprenticeship as an Assistant Coach for both the Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens programs, before transitioning to the Women’s side in a full-time capacity in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 
May 2018

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (June 1) to the general public for the 2018 Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship, with three huge Test matches including the Bledisloe Cup opener to feature on Australian soil.

In the seventh year of the tournament, the Qantas Wallabies will play home Tests against New Zealand in Sydney on August 18, South Africa in Brisbane on September 8, and Argentina on the Gold Coast on September 15.

The Junior Wallabies have fallen 21-26 to Wales U20s in their opening match of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Bézier, France on Thursday morning. 

Both sides scored two tries a piece but it was the boot of Welsh kicker, Cai Evans that proved the difference from penalties. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his squad for the blockbuster three-Test Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series that kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 9 June.
The squad includes five uncapped players including boom rookie Jack Maddocks and in-form Brumbies fullback Tom Banks.

Japanese real estate developer Mitsubishi Estate has today been announced as the Qantas Wallabies Test match naming rights partner for the next two years.

Mitsubishi Estate boasts the leading position in the Japanese market, operating a range of businesses connected to real estate development, including office developments, retail property, residential and hotel businesses.

The Aon University Sevens Series will expand to a ten-team competition in 2018 following on from the success of the inaugural year of the tournament with the announcement that the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney will join this year’s competition.

Sydney and Melbourne will be joining the established pack of Bond University, Griffith University, University of New England, Macquarie University, University of Canberra, University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania and 2017 Champions the University of Queensland.   

The Junior Wallabies side to play Wales U20s in the opening clash of the World Rugby U20s Championship has been named with Ryan Lonergan to captain the side in the match on Wednesday (Thursday AEST). 

Head Coach Jason Gilmore has made four changes to the side that faced New Zealand in the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship with Melbourne Rebels squad member, Semisi Tupou to play his first game in Junior Wallabies colours for 2018. 

Rugby fans will be able to watch the next generation of stars in action at the World Rugby U20 Championship from Thursday (May 31), following confirmation that FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will broadcast all 30 games.


FOX SPORTS’ EXCLUSIVE coverage includes all three Junior Wallabies pool clashes ad-break free during play, along with LIVE coverage of the Semi Finals, Final and bronze medal match.

The HSBC Sydney 7s is heading west with the announcement today that the 2019 tournament will be played at Spotless Stadium in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

Having had three successful years at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, the hugely popular tournament will light up Sydney’s west over three action-packed days from February 1-3.

Wallabies and Queensland Reds prop James Slipper has been sanctioned over violations of the Rugby Australia Illicit Drugs Policy.

Slipper returned two positive tests for cocaine taken from urine samples between February and May 2018.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh has welcomed back captain Lewis Holland for the London Sevens, that will kick off at Twickenham on June 2.
Holland hasn't featured for the Men's Sevens since early March in Vancouver after a hamstring injury cruelled his Commonwealth Games campaign.

Rugby Australia has today paid tribute to veteran prop Ben Alexander who became just the fifth Australian player to play 150 Super Rugby matches in the Brumbies’ clash with the Lions in Johannesburg yesterday.
Alexander is the first Brumbies player to hit the landmark and joins just eleven others in Super Rugby history who have played 150 matches, including Australians Stephen Moore, Nathan Sharpe, George Smith and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

I have been in my role as Chief Executive of Rugby Australia for four months. During this time, I have met with many people in the game, from a variety of different roles, backgrounds and experiences.  These conversations have covered a diverse range of topics from community Rugby to professional Rugby, the business of Rugby, and everything in between. I have been welcomed by the Rugby community wherever I have gone and there has been a willingness and openness to share views and opinions with me.

As the countdown draws closer for the Irish Test Series, Australians will once again witness how the game demands an equal mix of strength, speed and stamina in order to claim gold. 

To help maximise performance, Rugby Australia has partnered with the world’s leading sports compression brand 2XU in a three-year deal.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens side have finished with Silver at the HSBC Canada Sevens after going down to New Zealand in the Cup Final in Langford.
Australia defeated Fiji and France to progress through to the Final but New Zealand overpowered their great rivals to take the crown at Westhills Stadium.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have bolstered their stocks ahead of the Tokyo Olympics with the squad starting to take shape under coach Tim Walsh.
Nick Malouf, who played for the Men's Sevens at the Rio Olympic Games, will return to Australian shores following a two-year stint in the English Premiership with Leicester where the 25-year old featured prominently on the wing.

The Junior Wallabies Squad for Australia’s campaign at the World Rugby U20s Championship has been confirmed today with 28 players to depart for France later this month.

Australia takes on Wales, Japan and New Zealand in Pool A kicking off on Wednesday May 30 as the Junior Wallabies side looks to secure a position in the top four Semi Finals.

The Junior Wallabies have fallen to New Zealand in round three of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship 28-43 on Saturday night at Bond University on the Gold Coast. 

The victory sees New Zealand defend their Oceania Rugby U20s Championship title ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship. 

Rugby Australia today announced the creation of the U19s Rugby Championship (URC) that will supersede the former Super U20s competition running from September to October each year. 

The URC will create a clearer pathway for players into the Junior Wallabies squad and move the season to fit better with the International U20s calendar, Club and School Rugby.   

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens star Charlotte Caslick has been named in the Australian squad for round four of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Langford, Canada.
Caslick suffered concussion in the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Final on the Gold Coast and was forced to sit out the World Series event in Kitakyushu, Japan as she completed the return-to-play concussion management protocols.

Prop Jermaine Ainsley has committed his future to Australian Rugby after re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2020.
The highly rated 22-year old featured for the Wallabies in their clash with the Barbarians in Sydney last October but injury cruelled his chances of a Test debut on the 2017 Spring Tour.

Fresh from coming second in Singapore last weekend, the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have re-signed two of their rising stars with Ben O’Donnell and Lachie Anderson inking new deals until the end of 2020.
Anderson and O’Donnell starred in Singapore with the latter earning selection in World Rugby’s Dream Team for the tournament.

The Australian Rugby community has today paid tribute to three-Test Wallaby Bruce Taafe, who passed away on Sunday night following a long battle with illness, aged 73.

Melbourne-born Taafe is remembered as an outstanding hooker from the Gordon Rugby Club in Sydney who owns a slice of history as the first Wallabies representative produced by the Lindfield Junior Rugby Club, having grown up on Sydney’s north shore.

The Junior Wallabies have outclassed a spirited Tongan U20s side 91-7 in round two of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship.

The Junior Wallabies were never troubled by their Pacific neighbours as they put on 15 tries to one setting up a showdown with New Zealand on Saturday 5 May.

A new-look Qantas Wallabies jersey for the 2018 international season has been unveiled today, featuring a traditional twist on a modern design.
Asics, the official performance apparel and footwear partner of the Qantas Wallabies, have looked to the past to take the Wallabies into the future with subtle highlights of the new design reminding players and fans of great Wallabies teams of yesteryear.

April 2018

The Junior Wallabies will have fresh players take on Tonga at Bond University on Tuesday 1 May for round two of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship with Head Coach Jason Gilmore making a raft of changes from the side who defeated Fiji 51-5. 

The all new front row hailing from Queensland of Harry Hoopert, Matt Faessler and Josh Nasser will have the opportunity to test themselves against Tonga’s large forward pack, as they look to bounce back from a loss last Friday to New Zealand.  

The Junior Wallabies have defeated Fiji U20s 51-5 in the opening round of the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship at Bond University on the Gold Coast on Friday night. 

Australia scored eight tries to Fiji’s one in the rout as the Junior Wallabies kick started their International U20s season in emphatic fashion.  

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