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The Wallabies are one of the finest rugby teams in the world, and representing Australia are currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings despite an up-and-down 2016 season where they had been ranked as high as No.2 and as low as No.4.

The Wallabies hold the distinction of having competed in all eight editions of Rugby World Cups, having won the tournament twice, finished runners-up twice and made the semi-finals and quarter-finals twice each.

The Wallabies, along with the All Blacks and Springboks, are the most successful nation in World Cup history winning the Webb Ellis Trophy on two occasions, while also losing a final at home to England in 2003. They took sweet revenge in 2015 knocking England out of their home tournament in the pool stages and went on to face the All Blacks in the final at Twickenham.

The Wallabies compete in the annual Rugby Championship tournament with New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina, which is a four-team tournament that evolved from the Tri-Nations in 2012 to include the South American team. The Wallabies have won the Tri-Nations on three occasions in 2000, 2001 and 2011, and most recently won the Rugby Championship in 2015.

Australia’s rivalry with the All Blacks culminates in the showdown for the Bledisloe Cup, which the Wallabies have held 12 times in the history of competing for the trophy.

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In addition to the All Blacks and Springboks, the Wallabies also have firmly-established rivalries with England and France and compete for the Cook Cup and Trophee des Bicentenaires respectively.

Former captain George Gregan currently holds the record for the highest-capped Wallabies player, having played in the green and gold 139 times, 59 of those as captain. Flanker George Smith remains the most-capped forward, having represented Australia on 110 occasions. David Campese holds the record for the most Wallabies tries scored, while Michael Lynagh remains the Wallabies all-time leading point-scorer, with 911.

Michael Cheika is the current head coach of the Wallabies, having taken the reigns from former coach Ewen McKenzie who resigned in October 2014.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

Wallabies Articles

The Wallabies’ defensive woes show the need for connectivity and communication

The Wallabies’ defensive woes show the need for connectivity and communication

by , 23 Aug 2017

Sydney on a Saturday night – 54 points and eight tries conceded.

Come on Wallabies, where’s your pride and passion?

Come on Wallabies, where’s your pride and passion?

by , 23 Aug 2017

There isn’t a writer in Australia enjoying bollocking the Wallabies’ rubbish rugby. But it’s been hell watching the game they used to play in heaven.

Wallabies set to free fall in the world rankings

Wallabies set to free fall in the world rankings

by , 23 Aug 2017

A couple of weeks back, a Roarer posited the idea that, after the Rugby Championships and the Spring Tour, the Wallabies’ world ranking would plunge to as far down as nine.

Kicking game key for Wallabies: Bernard Foley

Kicking game key for Wallabies: Bernard Foley

by , 23 Aug 2017

Playmaker Bernard Foley admits the Wallabies need to find a better balance in attack and kick for territory more often to avoid another All Blacks slaughter.

‘Yeah, well, that’s like your opinion man’: Cheika cops Lynagh’s blast

‘Yeah, well, that’s like your opinion man’: Cheika cops Lynagh’s blast

by , 23 Aug 2017

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says only an improved performance in Saturday’s second Bledisloe Cup Test can provide an adequate answer to criticism from rugby luminaries like Michael Lynagh.

Who is the Wallabies’ backline defensive general?

Who is the Wallabies’ backline defensive general?

by , 22 Aug 2017

History is replete with examples of leaders who rallied voters not so much with what they said, but the conviction they had when saying it. Similarly, Michael Cheika said Saturday’s defensive lapses were not down to attitude, but because doubt was creeping in.

Wallabies on the defence about defensive frailties

Wallabies on the defence about defensive frailties

by , 22 Aug 2017 Popular article!

“One hundred per cent, mate,” came the direct response from Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

A back-row must be more than the sum of its parts

A back-row must be more than the sum of its parts

by , 22 Aug 2017

The back-row, or loose forwards, are absolutely key when it comes to both dominating the breakdown – and therefore both securing possession and slowing down the opposition’s possession – and in forward ball-carrying.

A guide to Dunedin for the Wallabies

A guide to Dunedin for the Wallabies

by , 22 Aug 2017

In his brilliant 2010 autobiography, Life, legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards devoted a memorable passage to slamming the city of Dunedin much like one of his beloved open G chords.

Let’s respect our opposition and start playing defence

Let’s respect our opposition and start playing defence

by , 22 Aug 2017

On Saturday night Australian rugby fans witnessed an attacking master class for the best part of an hour of play. Sadly it was the Wallabies’ opposition who showed the confidence, skill and expertise of a superior rugby team.


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