Media Release Archive

August 2018

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.

Rugby Australia has today offered its congratulations to current Qantas Wallabies’ Assistant Coach Stephen Larkham on being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Friday. 

Larkham was one of five former players inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame, considered to be one of the highest honours bestowed on Rugby identities globally. 

Come meet the Qantas Wallabies squad this Sunday at Grantham Reserve, Seven Hills as they prepare to take on the All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup. 

Rugby Australia has furthered its support for drought-stricken farmers by offering the opportunity for all NSW farmers associated with Rugby clubs across the state to attend the Bledisloe Cup Test on August 18 in Sydney.
The historic double-header will feature the Women’s Test between the Buildcorp Wallaroos and the Black Ferns followed by the opening Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup clash between the Qantas Wallabies and the All Blacks.

Qantas Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has put pen to paper on an historic five-year deal that will keep the star flanker in Australian Rugby until the end of 2023.  
The 26-year old has already amassed 82 Tests, and currently holds the record as the youngest-ever player to reach 100 Vodafone Super Rugby caps.

Today the Gingercloud Foundation and Classic Wallabies team up with a goal to encourage more children and young adults with learning and perceptual disabilities to play Rugby.
The new partnership will support the world-first Modified Rugby Program (MRP) which is a touch-only format of Rugby growing huge momentum.

Rugby Australia today announced Newcastle and the Hunter Valley as the tournament location for its 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup bid. 

Under the plan, the Newcastle and Hunter region will host the world’s showpiece event in Women’s Rugby, with the region’s world class sporting facilities and hotels, combined with its offering as one of Australia’s most popular tourism hubs.  

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has today announced a 36-man squad for a training camp in Cessnock ahead of the opening Bledisloe Cup clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 18 August.
82-Test veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau has been selected after Michael Cheika elected to rest the 33-year old in the Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series.

Rugby Australia and the Qantas Wallabies will throw their support behind drought relief at tonight's Bledisloe Cup trial at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
The clash, which is free to attend, will have collection buckets roaming the stands with the money raised going to aid Australia’s struggling farmers.

Private Suites and Boxes at Optus Stadium in Perth have officially sold out, with the venue confirming that every spot will be taken ahead of the historic Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday 10 August next year. 

Fans interested in corporate Hospitality can still purchase a variety of function packages to the trans-Tasman clash in Perth which includes a range of exclusive dining and cocktail events tailored to enhance guests’ match day experience. 


Michael Cheika has confirmed his matchday squad ahead of tomorrow (Friday) night’s Bledisloe Cup trial at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, which is free for all to attend.
The Qantas Wallabies coach will use an extended squad to fine tune their match preparations ahead of the Bledisloe opener in Sydney on August 18 at ANZ Stadium.

Matt Toomua has put pen to paper on a two and a half year deal with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels, to return to Vodafone Super Rugby next season.
The veteran playmaker is now immediately eligible for the Qantas Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup campaign which kicks off at ANZ Stadium against New Zealand on Saturday 18 August.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) will be known as Sport Australia from today, with a renewed vision to build the world’s most active sporting nation, known for its integrity, sporting success and world leading sports industry.


Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie unveiled Sport Australia today as part of the Australian Government’s national sport plan – Sport 2030.


July 2018

The Australian Super Selection has been confirmed by coach John Manenti, ahead of Friday night’s Qantas Wallabies trial at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
Test veteran James Slipper will mark his return to rugby against some familiar faces while Melbourne Rebels skipper Tom English will lead again on Friday night, in what’s set to be a Bledisloe Cup tune-up.

Rugby Australia have today confirmed the date for the first-ever Bledisloe Cup Test in Perth, with Optus Stadium to host the Qantas Wallabies against New Zealand on August 10 next year.

The fixture will be the only Bledisloe Cup Test played in Australia next year and one of their last games before departing for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Qantas Wallabies squad will square off mate-against-mate next Friday night at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, as preparations ramp up ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener.
The full-contact trial will be a break from recent tradition for the Wallabies with the competition heating up for a berth in Michael Cheika’s side for the Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 18 August.

The Buildcorp Wallaroos squad has been narrowed to 28 players by head coach Dwayne Nestor, as Australia prepares for the historic two Test Series against the Black Ferns kicking off in August in Sydney.  

The Buildcorp Wallaroos will play alongside the Qantas Wallabies for the first time on Australian soil when they run out at ANZ Stadium on Saturday August 18, for the double header clash in what will be Australia’s 50th Test match. 

Rugby Australia welcomes the NSW Government’s plan to bid for 10 World Cups in the next 10 years, as the bidding process for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup nears its conclusion and the organisation starts preparing its bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup (Men’s).
Rugby Australia previously announced its intention to bid for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in December last year as well as the 2027 Rugby World Cup (Men’s).

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side have been pipped by Ireland on day three to finish runners-up in the Challenge Trophy at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
The side won two and lost two over three days at AT&T Park to finish in 10th place at the quadrennial event.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens side have finished third to claim the bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
The side’s first task was against France in a rematch of the World Series semi-final in Paris last month.  The Aussies got out to a strong lead in the first half but France produced a remarkable comeback to pip the World Series champions after the full-time whistle and register a 19-12 win.

Rising star Isi Naisarani will move south for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels.
The backrower lit up Super Rugby in his time at the Brumbies but will re-join former coach Dave Wessels in Melbourne.

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has paid tribute to George Smith as the veteran flanker prepares to say his final farewell to Australian fans at tomorrow night’s Vodafone Super Rugby clash between the Queensland Reds and Japan’s Sunwolves.

A knee injury has forced the 37-year old to sit out what would have been his final game on Australian soil, before he takes up a contract with Bristol in England’s Premiership.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens captain Lewis Holland has committed to a new long-term deal that will see him remain with the Sevens program until the end of 2020.
The 25-year old playmaker weighed up interest from Australian Vodafone Super Rugby sides before re-signing for Tim Walsh’s side.

Rugby Australia is proud to announce the Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens squads for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA next weekend.
Australian Men’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh has named a settled squad with Lewis Holland set to lead the side at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Rugby Australia is proud to announce the Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens squads for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA next weekend.

The Aon University Sevens Series will expand to five rounds in 2018 with the tournament set to kick off in August and conclude in October as it enters its second year. 

The expanded draw comes on the back of the announcement that the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney have joined the series, making it a 10-team Championship in 2018. 

The Qantas Australian Sevens squad has been bolstered with another two re-signings with veteran Jesse Parahi and rising star Tom Connor both committing to the program until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 
Parahi’s signature continues his commitment to the Australian Sevens program, after making his debut eight years ago in London. The 29-year old stood in as captain at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after a hamstring injury ruled skipper Lewis Holland out of the tournament. 

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team have secured the signature of speedster Henry Hutchison ahead of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

The 2016 World Rugby Sevens Rookie of the Year has been lured back to the Sevens fold by coach Tim Walsh after being granted an early release from his contract by the Melbourne Rebels.

Historic rivalries return and exciting new rivalries will be created, as the fifth edition of the National Rugby Championship kicks off on September 1.

Australia’s best club Rugby players will join current Super Rugby contracted players and the next generation of Super Rugby and Wallabies stars to form Australia’s seven NRC sides, alongside fan favourites, Fiji Airways Drua in the eight-team competition

James Holbeck has joined the Classic Wallabies as Career and Pathways Manager, a role designed to help players transition to life after Rugby. 

The role, jointly funded by Rugby Australia and the Classic Wallabies will provide specific support for players transitioning from their professional Rugby careers into the next steps in their professional life off the field. 
June 2018

The Australian Rugby community has today paid tribute to Wallaby 397, Jack Carroll who passed away at the age of 94 this week.

A jack of all trades forward, Carroll played in every position except hooker across his 12 non- Test caps and one Test cap for Australia. 

Qantas Wallabies scrumhalf Joe Powell has committed his future to Australian Rugby, re-signing with Rugby Australia and the Brumbies until the end of 2020.
Fresh off earning his fourth Test cap in the final Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series clash, Powell has inked a two-year extension to remain in the nation’s capital.

In just over a month, more than 350 inspirational athletes and officials from around the world will converge to our shores for the 2018 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship.
The Australian Steelers are ranked number one and will be determined to defend their World Championship title when 11 international teams come to battle it out at Sydney Olympic Park from August 5 to 10.

Leading Commercial, Sales and Marketing Executive Cameron Murray has been appointed to the new role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Rugby Australia.

Murray comes with more than two decades of senior management experience in sport, media and entertainment having built a reputation of achieving transformational commercial outcomes across a long list of leading Australian brands.
Rugby Australia has today announced the appointment of respected sports writer Iain Payten as Editor-in-Chief of
Payten brings 20 years of sports journalism experience to and will oversee all content and development on the growing news platform.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has been issued a warning by the World Rugby Citing Commissioner over an incident during last night's clash with Ireland in Sydney.

Folau received a warning under Law 9.11. 'Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others; and Law 9.17. 'A player must not tackle, charge, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose feet are off the ground' after contesting a restart in the air in the 9th minute of the match.

The Qantas Wallabies have fallen agonisingly short of a series victory after Ireland prevailed 20-16 in a pulsating third and deciding Test match in front of a new ground record crowd of 44,085 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.
Australia twice took the lead early in the contest, but went into the main break trailing by three as Ireland’s points accumulator Johnny Sexton nailed four penalty attempts in the opening half while both sides lost their captain to injury and had a player sent to the sin bin.

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.

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