News Archive

July 2014
Former Wallaby captain George Gregan, along with Senior Development Officer John Searl from the Australian Rugby Union, recently led a group of seven junior rugby coaches from Sydney on a charity-related coaching mission to Livingstone Zambia. 
NSW Waratahs winger Peter Betham will join the Qantas Wallabies 32-man Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship squad, with a hamstring injury sidelining ACT Brumbies flyer Henry Speight for a month.
Australian Rugby Union would like to recognise the recent achievements of referees who continue to excel on the field and pave the way for young Aussie officials following in their path. 

The Australian Rugby Union today announced the launch of four Rugby Sevens national competitions split over two weekends in Sydney in February and March 2015.

Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Geraint John praised the desire of his side after overcoming Semi-Final disappointment to demolish Samoa in the Bronze Medal match at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John said “the day could not have gone any better” after his side beat England, Uganda and Sri Lanka on Day One at the XX Commonwealth Games overnight. Australia will play Wales for a place in the Medal matches at 9.28pm on Sunday evening (AEST) after topping Pool D at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
With the Australian Men's Sevens side set to take the field at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow starting tonight (AEST), current Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh knows all about what it means to compete at the event.
Australian Rugby was saddened to learn of the passing of Wallaby number 491, Ian Moutray, who was laid to rest on Thursday 24 July 2014 in Sydney. 
Brisbane-born Shannon Parry has been named the Wallaroos World Cup captain for next month’s IRB 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Men's Sevens captain Ed Jenkins has been chosen to represent the Australian Commonwealth Games team at a Royal Lunch in Glasgow.
Ahead of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, we take a look at previous campaigns the Rugby Sevens team has taken part in since the sport's inception in 1998.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has announced a strong 32-man squad for the 2014 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.
Men's Sevens star Cameron Clark has warned the Australian team of the perils of looking too far ahead when their Commonwealth Games campaign kicks off next weekend in Glasgow.
Brumbies Man (aka Trevor Hancock) is among the nominees for HSBC Volunteer of the Year - an initiative aimed at recognising the efforts and skills of people who have contributed to the development, promotion and advancement of Rugby Union within Australia.
The Australian Rugby Union has today unveiled Qantas Wallabies player allocations for the inaugural year of Australian Rugby’s new domestic competition, the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
The Wallaroos today started their final preparation camp before next month’s IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen.
Two females referees will be breaking new ground this weekend when they officiate Premier and First Grade games in Brisbane and Sydney.
The organisers of the Gold Coast Sevens today announced that the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team will play Canada in a three-match series at the adrenaline-filled event on the weekend of 11-12 October.

The Australian Rugby Union is delighted to announce Buildcorp as the Official Naming Rights Partner of Australian Rugby’s new domestic competition, the National Rugby Championship.


Samsung Electronics Australia will launch the SlideLiner, an exciting Samsung innovation to give Australian Rugby fans a money-can’t-buy seat between the grandstand and the pitch during three matches of the 2014 Rugby Championship.
The Australian Rugby Union congratulates the NSW Waratahs and University of Canberra Brumbies for their outstanding performances in securing a spot in the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby Finals Series.
Australian Mens Sevens Head Coach has agreed to release Liam Gill to the Queensland Reds this weekend for the team's Asteron Life Super Rugby clash with the New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.
Taleena Simon has become the first Aboriginal woman to receive a full time professional contract in Australia’s Sevens program.
International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has hailed the global growth of Rugby Sevens after the International Federation confirmed it had received tender documents from 17 National Unions wishing to host a round of the record-breaking IRB Sevens World Series from 2015/16.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people through Rugby, as Australians come together this week to mark NAIDOC Week.


The Australian Commonwealth Games Association is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens squad nominated by the Australian Rugby Union for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.
NSW I has defeated NSW II to win the 2014 Australian Schoolboys Championships with the score of 38-24 at St Ignatius’ College Riverview on Saturday afternoon.
Australian Rugby in partnership with TNT Express has brought together some of the best young referees for an in-depth training session, the TNT Junior Referee Development Clinic at the Australian Schoolboy Championships at St Ignatius’ College in Sydney on Thursday.
Australian Rugby Union and Rugby WA today announced Qantas Wallaby and Western Force winger Nick Cummins has been granted an early release from his contract to play Rugby in Japan at the end of the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby Season.
The Australian Rugby Union and the Australian Turf Club today announced a strategic partnership that will see the two parties work closely across future events and activations.
June 2014
The best of the best Australian Schoolboy players will this week meet at St Ignatius College Riverview, Sydney for the Australian Schoolboy Championships.
The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for The Rugby Championship 2014, with Australian Rugby to be represented by Steve Walsh and Rohan Hoffmann.
Over 18,000 coaches across Australia selflessly give their time to Rugby players across every community, but not everyone will be the next Qantas Wallabies Head Coach. In 2014, Asteron Life, naming rights partners of Super Rugby in Australia, is to recognise those coaches that have given incredible service to Rugby Union.
The Australian Rugby Union has successfully hosted its first ever NAIDOC Cup Sevens Tournament with schools from across NSW and the Torres Strait Islands competing at Granville Park in Western Sydney on Tuesday.

The Australian Rugby community has congratulated Australia’s oldest Wallaby, Gordon Stone, on achieving the wonderful milestone of 100 years of age at the third Test of the Castrol EDGE France Tour in front of a record crowd of 43 188 people at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

Qantas Wallabies and ACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane has signed a new two-year deal with Australia Rugby that will take him through until at least the end of 2016.
New Qantas Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Geraint John today took his first training session with his new charges this morning in Sydney.
Qantas Australian Women's Sevens and Fifteens representative Shannon Parry has been appointed to join the Board of Directors following the Rugby Union Players’ Association  Board meeting on Thursday 19 June 2014, RUPA has announced. The appointment is effective immediately. Adding to her existing commitments on the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Player Advisory Panel, Shannon will provide valuable insights for the Board not only as a Women’s Rugby representative, but as a Sevens specialist as well.

Australian Rugby Union has announced that tickets for the rest of the home international season will be on sale to the general public from Tuesday, 24 June at 9am via Ticketek.


Australian Rugby Union in partnership with NSW Rugby will launch the inaugural NAIDOC Cup tomorrow, Tuesday 24 June in Granville Park in Western Sydney in the lead up to NAIDOC Week (6-13 July).
Australian Rugby today announced the passing of Wallaby number 360 and former Wallabies captain Nev Cottrell at the age of 87. He passed away peacefully on Friday. 
The Qantas Wallabies have won the Castrol EDGE France Tour 3-0 and brought home the Trophée des Bicentenaries to Australia in front of a record 43 188 fans at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The crowd was the biggest Test Rugby crowd ever at Allianz stadium.  
The Australian U20s side has beaten France to claim Fifth Place honours at the IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland, following a second half comeback. 

The Australian Under 20s side to take on France in the Fifth Place Final of the IRB Junior World Championship tomorrow has been named with Head Coach Adrian Thompson backing his side to topple the Junior Six Nations Champions.

NSW Waratahs enforcer Will Skelton will make his Test debut for the Qantas Wallabies as they target a clean sweep of the French in the final match of the 2014 Castrol EDGE France Tour at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kickoff 3:00pm).

 

Australia continued its assault on the World Series as the season headed towards an exciting climax.
The Wallaroos squad that will travel to Paris for the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in August was announced today with three regulars from the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team named.

The 2013/14 season proved a breakthrough season for the Australian Women’s Sevens side. New Head Coach and former Australian Sevens player Tim Walsh turned around the fortunes of a side that had an indifferent 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow into genuine World Series contenders. Elsewhere, Australia can now proudly boast that it has the best Women’s Sevens player in the world as it motors full-steam ahead towards the 2014/15 season and hopefully the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

The Australian Under 20s have ensured that will compete in the Fifth Place Playoff Final after defeating Samoa 53-16 in the IRB Junior World Championship on Sunday.

Qantas Wallabies and Queensland Reds scrumhalf Will Genia will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with the 55-game Test veteran to undergo surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday.


The Qantas Wallabies have emerged victorious against a strong French side 6-0 in front of 27 189 fans in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Castrol EDGE France Tour.

The Australian Under 20s side to play Samoa this Sunday 15 June in the first Fifth Place semi-final in the IRB Junior World Championship has been named with Head Coach Adrian Thompson rewarding form players with selection. 

The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.
The Australian Under 20s have called NSW Under 20s and Sydney University representative Matt Sandell into the squad for Australia’s crucial last two games of the IRB Junior World Championship.
Yesterday, we reviewed the first half of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series season. Today, we take a look at the second half of the season.
The Australian Under 20s have probably missed out on making the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship despite defeating Italy 29-3 at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe this afternoon.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the appointment of Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician Dr Ryan Kohler to the position of Concussion Specialist.

 

Qantas Wallabies lock James Horwill will celebrate his milestone 50th game for Australia as part of a matchday squad boasting three potential debutants in Saturday night’s second Castrol EDGE France Tour clash at Etihad Stadium.

It’s been a huge season for the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team, starting the season so promisingly, a dip in form mid-season, the centralisation of the Rugby Sevens program in Sydney at the turn of the year, a change of Head Coach before being involved in one of the most memorable Cup Finals in recent memory against New Zealand at Twickenham.

The Australian Under 20s side to tackle Italy in their final pool match of the IRB Junior World Championship has been named as Australia look to make strong run to the finals.
Qantas Wallabies openside flanker Michael Hooper will become Australia’s 82nd Test captain in Saturday night’s second Castrol EDGE France Tour clash at Etihad Stadium.
The Qantas Wallabies will be without captain Stephen Moore for the 2014 season and lock Sam Carter for the remainder of the Castrol EDGE France Tour following injuries they sustained in last night’s 50-23 victory over France.

 The Qantas Wallabies have continued where they left off from the 2013 Spring Tour winning their fifth match in row after defeating France 50-23 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. 

The Australian Under 20s have been beaten by defending champions England 38-24, at the IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland on Friday afternoon.
Head Coach Paul Verrell was buoyant despite seeing his Wallaroos side fall to Canada 22-0 in their second and final match of the Tri-Nations Series in Tauranga, New Zealand on Friday afternoon.
Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell has named senior player Tui Ormsby as captain for Australia’s first ever clash against Canada in Women’s XVs Rugby in the Tri-Nations tournament being held in New Zealand.

The Australian Under 20s side which will take on England this Friday in the IRB Junior World Championship has been announced by Head Coach Adrian Thompson. 


Australian Rugby Union is currently accepting nominations for HSBC Volunteer of the Year - an initiative to recognise the efforts and skills of people who have contributed to the development, promotion and or advancement of Rugby Union within Australia.
The Australian Rugby Union today announced the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens will take place on the weekend of 11-12 October at Cbus Super Stadium.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has announced an in-form 23 man line-up for Saturday night’s opening Castrol EDGE France Tour clash against the French at Suncorp Stadium.
The Australian Under 20s have defeated Argentina with a four try bonus point win in the opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland on Monday by 36-17.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie today announced that stalwart hooker Stephen Moore will lead Australia in Saturday night’s opening Castrol EDGE France Tour clash against the French at Suncorp Stadium.
The Wallaroos have been defeated by the New Zealand Black Ferns at Rotorua International Stadium on Sunday evening, going down 38-3 in Australia’s first match of 2014. 

The Australian Under 20s side to take on Argentina in the opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship has been named with Melbourne Rebels Forward, Sean McMahon to captain the side.


NSW Waratahs tighthead prop Paddy Ryan will be elevated into the Qantas Wallabies 32-man Castrol EDGE France Tour squad with Ben Alexander being given an opportunity to rehabilitate an ongoing nerve compression injury.
May 2014
It may be the off-season for the 2013/14 IRB Women's Sevens World Series runners-up, but the Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team has been on the road this past week spreading the word about Rugby Sevens.
The Australian Under 20s side has departed for New Zealand to compete in the IRB Junior World Championship. The ARU Media Team caught up with scrumhalf Joe Powell to talk Rugby, camp and his sporting family. 
The Wallaroos Tri Nations Squad reunited at the Sydney Academy of Sport yesterday as they finalise their preparation for the Tri-Nations tournament to be hosted by New Zealand.
The Australian Youth Olympic Team has been bolstered by the selection of an impressive women’s Rugby Sevens outfit.
The Australian Under 20s have won four matches in a row for 2014, setting up the perfect platform for the IRB Junior World Championship with a 59-22 victory over the Australian Barbarians at Chatswood Oval on Tuesday night.
Australian Rugby Union today announced Geraint John as the new Qantas Men’s Sevens Head Coach.
Australian Rugby Union today joined Federal Treasurer the Hon Joe Hockey MP and Senator the Hon Kate Lundy in launching the Parliamentary Friends of Rugby Union Group in Canberra.
Australian Rugby Union today announced a $19.5 million surplus for 2013, in a year that saw the return of the British & Irish Lions to Australia; increased participation; a new Head Coach for the Qantas Wallabies; and a new strategy to grow the game.

The Australian Under 20s have continued their excellent preparation for the IRB Junior World Championship with a 53-5 victory over the NSW Country Cockatoos in front of a passionate crowd at Chatswood Oval in Sydney’s North on Saturday night.

Head Coach Ewen McKenzie was last night in Melbourne to promote the Qantas Wallabies clash with France on Saturday, 14 June.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has launched the 2014 Castrol EDGE France Tour with the announcement of a strong 32-man Australian squad.
The Qantas Wallabies will continue to call IHG home when they’re travelling, thanks to the company renewing its agreement to be the Official Hotel Group of the Qantas Wallabies. 
The National Under 20s will today reunite in camp at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen when the squad meets to start final preparations for the IRB Junior World Championship, being held from Monday 2 June to Friday 20 June in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team has finished the 2013/14 IRB Sevens Womens World Series runners-up after slipping to defeat against eventual Champions in the Cup Final of the Amsterdam Sevens (12-29).
The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team’s tilt at the IRB World Series crown is alive and kicking after recording three wins out of three in the pool stage to progress to the Cup Quarter-Finals at the Amsterdam Sevens.
Qantas Australian Women's Sevens captain Sharni Williams has one message for the team she leads: Only our best will be good enough in Amsterdam.
Australian Rugby Union is calling on fans to think of innovative experimental laws that could be submitted for review and adopted as part of Australian Rugby’s new domestic competition, the National Rugby Championship.
ACT Brumbies duo Scott Fardy and Jesse Mogg remain committed to representing Australia at the Rugby World Cup after re-signing new deals that will take them through until at least the end of 2015.
The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens pair of Emilee Cherry and Charlotte Caslick have been shortlisted for the the prestigious IRB Women’s Sevens Player of the Year award.
Qantas Wallabies playmaker Christian Leali'ifano becomes the third ACT Brumbies representative to re-sign with the Australian Rugby Union in the past week, signing a new two-year deal.
Michael O'Connor's swansong as Qantas Men's Sevens Head Coach ended in heartache after his side pushed the 2013/14 HSBC World Series Champions New Zealand to the limit, eventually falling short in a points-laden Cup Final at the London Sevens.
The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens side will play Kenya in the Cup Quarter-Finals after turning on the style to win all three pool matches on Day One of the London Sevens in front of a record Sevens crowd of 74,969 at Twickenham.

Qantas Wallabies and ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White has committed his future to Australian Rugby after signing a new two-year deal that will take him through until the end of 2016.

Qantas Australian Women's Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh has named the 12-strong squad that he hopes will bring home the country's first ever IRB Sevens World Series title. 


Qantas Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua has signed a new three-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and ACT Brumbies that will take him through until the end 2017.

ASICS, the True Sport Performance brand, today unveiled the new 2014 Qantas Wallabies jersey inspired by iconic jerseys of the past and infused with modern technology. It will be worn for the first time when the Qantas Wallabies take on France in Brisbane on June 7th.

The Qantas Australian Men’s team head to a sold-out Twickenham this weekend looking to end the 2013/14 HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series on a high at the London Sevens.

The Australian Under 20s squad will include seven players with Super Rugby experience when they head to the IRB Junior World Championships in Auckland next month.

Fans of top quality international Rugby will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to watch the Qantas Wallabies take on 2011 World Cup Finalists France next month from 9am tomorrow, Tuesday, 6 May.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team slipped to defeats against a powerful New Zealand outfit and an inspired England side on Day Two to finish their Glasgow Sevens campaign in joint-seventh place at Scotstoun 
Stadium.

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens side has recovered from an indifferent start to safely progress to the Cup Quarter-Finals after Day One at the Glasgow Sevens in Scotland.

The Australian Under 20s have continued their strong start to the 2014 calendar year with a rampant 60-5 victory over the Samoan Under 20s at Somerset College on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Fans will continue to see Australian Super Rugby teams take on teams from the world’s top-ranked Rugby-playing nations, with an increased focus on greater interaction between Australian and New Zealand teams and an expanded finals series, under the new structure approved by the competition’s governing body SANZAR and its Member Unions.

The Australian Under 20s have got their 2014 campaign off to a winning start with a convincing 34-5 victory over the Samoa Under 20s at Bond University on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

April 2014

ACT Brumbies rookie Tom Staniforth has been given the honour of captaining the National Australian Under 20s side in their first international fixture of 2014 against Samoa Under 20s at Bond University on Wednesday April 30 (kick-off 3:00pm).

Qantas Australian Sevens star Con Foley has warned his side they face a tricky opening day on Day One of the penultimate leg of the 2013/14 HSBC sevens World Series season.

Australia will send a Women’s Sevens representative team to two high-profile invitational tournaments in October and November, the ARU has confirmed.

Lausii Taliauli is set to make his HSBC World Series debut after being declared fit for Glasgow by ARU medical staff.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Michael O’Connor has named his 12-man squad that will travel to Glasgow for the penultimate leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series next week.

The Australian National Under 20s side has intensified its preparation for the IRB Junior World Championships with a special training session with former Qantas Wallabies captain, George Gregan at Bond University on the Gold Coast today. 

Australian Rugby Union today announced a new partnership with InteractSport Pty Ltd, to deliver an interactive online system for competition and membership management for Rugby in Australia.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development team enjoyed a thoroughly successful fundraising dinner on Wednesday night. The annual event is the premier evening in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development team calendar.  

Australian Rugby Union today announced the dates for the Qantas Wallabies 2014 Spring Tour, with fixtures against Six Nations Champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary.

NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been ruled out of tonight's match against the Western Force in Perth by Australian Rugby Union, following further medical advice regarding his throat injury. 

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver today confirmed Australian Rugby will strengthen its commitment and resolve to eliminate discrimination in the sport by implementing an Inclusion Policy by August this year.

The Wallaroos have had their Women’s Rugby World Cup dates confirmed by the International Rugby Board.

The world’s leading compression manufacturer, SKINS, is delighted to announce it has extended its support of the Qantas Wallabies until 2017. The partnership, which began in 2010, sees SKINS continue as the Official Compression Garment of the Qantas Wallabies. 

The Australian Rugby community has laid to rest former Wallaby Max Howell and honoured him at his former Sydney Club, Randwick. 

The inaugural Junior Gold Cup has finished competition for the year with Western Australia claiming the Under 17s title against Victoria and Victoria winning the Under 15s at Suncorp stadium against Brisbane Purple.

A brave effort from the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team in the Cup Final of the Guangzhou Sevens was not enough to see them slip to a 26-12 defeat to New Zealand in the pouring rain in China.

The Australian Rugby community joins together today in celebrating the 100th birthday of Australia’s oldest Wallaby, Gordon Stone. He is the first former Wallaby to reach the milestone. 

The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens side has qualified for the last eight of the Guangzhou Sevens despite a late defeat against a fired-up England on Saturday night.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver has announced the winners of the Junior Gold Cup Fundraiser.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team travelled to China earlier this week ahead of the fourth leg of the 2013/14 IRB Women's Sevens World Series.

The new ‘Bush2Bledisloe’ team initiative was created by Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and will bring passionate NSW country supporters closer to the national team than ever before with a range of community activities planned during each stage of the tour. The team will embark on a five-day rural road trip through Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Penrith from Monday 4 August. We spoke to Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie about his program.

The Qantas Wallabies pursuit of their first Bledisloe Cup triumph since 2002 will this year start in country New South Wales, with the team to embark on a five-day rural road trip through Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Penrith from Monday 4 August.

The IRB has announced its list of appointments to a host of international tournaments and matches this year, with nine Australian Rugby Union-affiliated referees featuring prominently.

The Australian Rugby Union today announced it has reached agreement for Dove Men+Care to be the Official Deodorant & Male Grooming Supplier of the Qantas Wallabies.

The Junior Gold Cup Grand Finals, featuring the best under 15 and under 17 talent from across Australia will be contested this weekend, with teams from Brisbane and Western Australia to take on Victoria in both age groups. 

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens captain Ed Jenkins reflected on his side’s tour of Asia and is excited at what lay in store for the final two rounds of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series season.

March 2014

The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team recorded their second best placing of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series season after finishing fourth at a packed-out Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday night.

The Qantas Men’s Australian Sevens team turned the formbook on its head after producing one of its best performances of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series season so far to beat South Africa on day two of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Head Coach Michael O’Connor declared himself happy after his Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens side brushed aside the challenge of relegation-threatened Spain on Day One of the Hong Kong Sevens.


In an exciting development the National Rugby Championship was launched earlier in the week and will provide another layer of development for the code in Australia. Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie discusses the competition and its impact on the pathways to professional Rugby. 

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is delighted to announce that GILBERT has signed a new five-year contract to be the exclusive Ball and Body Armour supplier to the ARU and the Qantas Wallabies.

Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh has made three changes to the squad that will travel to China next week for the fourth leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.

Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Michael O’Connor has called up Paul Asquith to the squad for the trip to Hong Kong after Allan Fa’alava’au was ruled out for the rest of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series with a shoulder injury.

Australian Rugby Union today announced nine teams will compete in the inaugural season of its new domestic Rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, which will kick off in August this year. 

Stand-in skipper Con Foley praised his side as the Qantas Australia Men’s Sevens team bounced back from earlier defeat to New Zealand to claim the Plate trophy in the sixth leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in Tokyo.

Qantas Australian Men’s Head Coach Michael O’Connor is relishing the opportunity for his young charges to take on series leaders New Zealand in tomorrow’s Cup Quarter-Finals in Tokyo.

Qantas Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens Head Coach Michael O’Connor has identified Canada as a team to look out for ahead of the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Japan this weekend.

With just two more weeks until the finals, all Junior Gold Cup teams took to their respective fields on Sunday afternoon for week five of the competition. 

Australian Rugby Union today announced its squad of 26 players for this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, with 15 uncapped players named. This followed an extensive selection process that included the Women’s National Championship, a National Selection camp, the National Women’s Sevens Championship and satellite training around the country.

Winger Afa Pakalani is set to make his debut for the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team after being named in the squad that will travel to Japan in the sixth round of the 2013-2014 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The highly-anticipated clash between the ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs headlines round five of the Asteron Life Super Rugby competition.  We caught up with Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to break down the clash.

Australian Rugby Union has announced ticket pricing and on-sale dates for all seven Qantas Wallabies home international fixtures in 2014, with a host of special deals available for families (two adults, two children) to see the world’s best players in action.

With just two more rounds until the Junior Gold Cup finals, each team has given their best efforts to securing top spots in their pools. 


Player of the tournament Charlotte Caslick was jubilant after guiding her Queensland Red side to a clinical Cup Final win over a tough New South Wales Blue side (19-0) at the Institute of Sport in Canberra on Sunday.

The ACT, Queensland Red and New South Wales Blue all emerged unbeaten from Day One of the 2014 National Women's Rugby Sevens Championship at the Institute of Sport in Canberra.

This week on Ewen-Me we catch up with Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to see how preparations are going for their upcoming three-game home Test series against France in June.

Canberra plays host to the best talent in the country when the 2014 National Women's Rugby Sevens Championship hits the Australian Institute of Sport this weekend (8-9 March).

Australian Rugby Union today announced the appointment of former University of Canberra Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan to the position of General Manager – National Teams & Competitions. 

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the dates for the HSBC Sevens World Series 2014/15, which has gained in significance with the recent announcement that the top four-ranked nations will qualify from it directly for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Round three of the Junior Gold Cup saw some interesting games across the board in the Under 17 competition.

The International Rugby Board has confirmed an unprecedented level of interest in hosting elite international Rugby Sevens events, underscoring the enormous global appeal of the newest Olympic sport.
February 2014

Gen Blue has managed to hold off a rampant Samoa A outfit to claim a solid victory against their Pacific Island opponents in the Pacific Rugby Cup, 17-14.

The Qantas Australian Sevens Women's team returned to training yesterday and Head Coach Tim Walsh issued a warning to his side's rivals: We will only get better.

Week two of the inaugural Junior Gold Cup has brought with it a keenly fought battle between Gold Coast and Central Queensland U17s teams.

Round two of the Junior Gold Cup saw yet another weekend of exciting games take place across Australia.

Australian Rugby Union today announced Michael O’Connor has resigned from his position as Head Coach of the Qantas Men’s Sevens team.

The Qantas Australian Women's Sevens team has reclaimed its position at the top of the IRB Women's World Series standings after defeating New Zealand 24-12 in a pulsating Cup Final in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

 

The Qantas Women's Sevens team emerged unbeaten after three solid performances saw them cruise through to a Cup Quarter-Final showdown with Japan tomorrow, leaving Head Coach Tim Walsh satisfied with his side's display in the Arena Barueri, Sao Paulo.

Representatives from the Australian Rugby Union this week travelled to south-eastern Brazil to help the spread the word about Rugby Sevens at a two-day clinic for up-and-coming South American coaches.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced it has signed a three year integrity partnership with Sportradar.

The first week of the inaugural Junior Gold Cup saw some entertaining games take place across 18 of the 24 Centres throughout Australia.

Two Australian referees have been appointed to take charge of Men’s Sevens tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced.

The Australian Women’s Sevens team will be looking to add another Cup to the trophy cabinet and regain the number one spot on the 2013–2014 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series standings when the competition heads to Barueri, São Paulo this weekend.

Star winger Emilee Cherry praised her side’s never-say-die attitude after Australia dug deep to finish third in the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series despite a gruelling loss to Canada in the Cup Semi-Final in Atlanta.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh refused to be downbeat after a narrow loss to Canada saw his side qualify for the Cup Quarter-Finals in second spot at the IRB Women Sevens World Series in Atlanta.

After 18 months of preparation for the competition, the Junior Gold Cup commences tonight at Ballymore with Brisbane Yellow taking on Gold Coast. The competition has 24 competing centres across Australia with teams in both the 15’s and 17s category will compete over six weeks to see who will be crowned the inaugural Junior Gold Cup champion. 

The opening round of the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season kicks-off this weekend, and Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie lent his time to share his experiences on coaching in one of the world’s most challenging Rugby tournaments.

Sydney referee Amy Perrett will represent Australia in the 2014 Women’s Six Nations Championships after being appointed by the International Rugby Board (IRB) Match Official Selection Committee.

The Australian Women’s Sevens team will be looking to rekindle the spirit of Dubai when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the second round of the 2013 – 2014 IRB Women’s Sevens series this weekend.

The 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season is ready for kick off following today’s official launch, with two Australian derbies headlining the opening round of the competition for Australian teams on February 22-23. 

Qantas Men's Sevens coach Mick O'Connor praised the never-say-die-attitude of his side after Australia came from behind to defeat an experienced Canadian outfit in the Plate Final and move up to fifth in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings.

Qantas Men's Sevens coach Michael O'Connor labelled his side "outstanding" after his side finished Day One of the Wellington Sevens with three wins out of three from a tricky-looking Pool D.

The qualification process for Australia’s path to Olympic glory has been confirmed overnight by the IOC, with both the Qantas Men’s and Women’s teams needing to secure a top four berth in their respective 2014/15 Sevens World Series.

Following the opening round of the Six Nations last weekend, the ARU Media team spoke to Wallabies Head Coach Ewen McKenzie to hear his thoughts on the competition.

The 2013 - 2014 HSBC World Sevens Series resumes in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday 7 - Saturday 8 February, with the Qantas Men's Sevens set to face Samoa, Kenya and Tonga on the first day.

Australian Rugby today announced the passing of former Australian Centre, Max Howell, aged 86, following a long battle with Cancer.

January 2014

Australian Rugby today announced it will increase the number of match officials nationally by 20% over the next five years, with a particular focus on recruiting women and increasing the number of referees aged between 25 and 35, as part of its first ever Match Official Strategic Plan.

Australian Rugby Union today congratulated General (Ret.) Peter Cosgrove AC MC on his appointment to be Australia’s next Governor-General from March this year. 

After a nail-biting extra time victory against Argentina in the Plate semi-final, Australia have just failed to overcome England in the Plate Final of the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series which finished in Las Vegas on Sunday (local time).

A late try to Samoa in a gripping quarter-final on Saturday night has snatched away Australia’s place in the last four of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas

Qantas Wallabies Head Coach, Ewen McKenzie has been travelling around to the five Australian Super Rugby teams over the last few weeks to see how they are shaping up for the 2014 season. The ARU Media team sat down with Ewen to get his thoughts on how the provinces are looking.


Australian Rugby Union today announced former international referee Scott Young has been appointed to oversee Australia’s match officials, with a focus on increasing the number of referees nationally.

More people participated in Rugby across Australia in the past year than ever before, with 615,809 participants in 2013 compared to the previous year (an increase of 27.5%), with participation in Rugby Sevens a major factor in the increase in participation numbers. 
 

Australian Rugby will apply to host a round of the IRB Sevens World Series from 2015/16 following the IRB’s announcement that it is seeking expressions of interest to host a round of the annual men’s series as well as the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

Australia’s best emerging Super Rugby talent will compete against national representative teams from Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and Argentina in next month’s 2014 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) to be held over five weeks across Australia.

The 2013 - 2014 HSBC World Sevens Series resumes in Las Vegas on Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January (PST), with the Qantas Men’s Sevens set to face the giants of Rugby Sevens, New Zealand and Fiji, on the first day of the tournament.

Australian Rugby Union today confirmed it has received 41 Expressions of Interest from across the country for this year’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) which will kick off in August.

The organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have confirmed the teams and pools for the Rugby Sevens at this summer’s Games.

Australian Rugby Union today announced current Qantas Wallabies Captain, back rower Ben Mowen, will pursue his Rugby career in France at the end of 2014.

December 2013

Teams from 24 centres across Australia - from Cairns to Perth - have been selected to compete in the inaugural Junior Gold Cup, a national youth championships for Under 15 and Under 17 boys culminating  in finals in April next year. 

The final match for the Australian Schools team on the tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland was against Munster Under 18s. The game was played at the impressive home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park in Limerick.

In Part 2 of the two-part National Rugby Championship Q&A, GM Development Pathways, Ben Whitaker answers queries regarding the competitions funding, broadcast rights and community engagement initiatives.

Following the announcement of the launch of the National Rugby Championship in 2014, Australian Rugby Union’s General Manager Development Pathways, Ben Whitaker takes time to answer some frequently asked questions about the series.

Cold, wet and miserable conditions prevailed for the Test between the Australian Schools Team and Ireland Under 18s at the home of Ulster Rugby, Ravenhill, Belfast.

The famous Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin was the venue for the clash with Leinster Under18s. Conditions were dry and cool and the pitch in first class order. A large parochial crowd of Dublin locals had turned up to the match with expectations high for a good performance against the Australian Schools team.

Australian Rugby Union today announced a training squad of 22 young women in preparation for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Nick Cummins has claimed the 2013 Rugby Union Players’ Association Medal for Excellence, presented by Australian Reliance, after voted Australian Rugby’s Players’ Player for the 2013 combined domestic and international Rugby seasons.

Australian Rugby Union today announced it will launch a new domestic Rugby competition in 2014, the National Rugby Championship.

The Qantas Men’s Sevens dipped out of round three of the HSBC Sevens World Series  in Port Elizabeth, South Africa losing the Bowl Final to England by 28 – 19 overnight.

Australian Rugby Union today announced HSBC as the Official Banking Partner of the Qantas Wallabies.  The deal will see Australian Rugby align with one of the world’s largest international banks from 2014 through to 2016.

The bagpipes played as the Macquarie Bank Australian Schools warmed up on a very wet and windy late afternoon for their match against Scotland Under 18s at the Edinburgh ”Watsonians” home ground. 
 

As the world mourns and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, SANZAR has paid tribute to one of the most inspirational leaders of our time.

All Black Kieran Read has been paid a double compliment by his fellow professionals – winning IRPA’s first Ultimate Rugby players’ Player of the Year award, as well as a place in the players’ World XV of the Year.
 

Australian Rugby Union has today become one of the first national sporting organisations in the world to be presented with a gay sporting trophy, after members of the reigning Bingham Cup Champions, the Sydney Convicts handed over the Bingham Cup.
 

Australian Rugby Union today released The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship schedule for the Qantas Wallabies 2014 Test season, with Australia’s three home Tests to be played in Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.

November 2013

The future stars of world Rugby will come together in New Zealand from June 2-20 for the IRB Junior World Championship 2014.

Former international referee, Andrew Cole, has become the second Australian ever to be appointed to the IRB Match Official Selection Committee.

Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) and Scott Williams (Scarlets) have returned from injury to be named in the starting line-up for the Wales against the Qantas Wallabies on Saturday. (4AM Sunday AEDT)

Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has stood down six squad members for one match and sanctioned a further nine for breaches of internal team protocols.

British & Irish Lions stalwart Paul O'Connell will lead Ireland against the Qantas Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday (Sunday 4.45am AEDT) while legendary centre Brian O'Driscoll earns his 127th cap since his Test debut against Australia in 1999.

After a year like no other, the final chapter of the Sydney University Football Club’s 2013 Rugby season is about to be played out, with the Club embarking on a 23 day tour of the UK and Ireland.
 

The day you win your 50th Test cap is special for any player but for Italian fullback Luke McLean it will be extra special this weekend in Turin, because it will be earned against the country of his birth, Australia.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has pulled a selection surprise naming Northampton No.9 Lee Dickson ahead of Lions star Ben Youngs in his team to face the Qantas Wallabies on Saturday (Sunday morning 1.30AEDT) at Twickenham.

The Australian Services Rugby Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style today at a match in Sydney between the ASRU Senior Men’s Warriors and an Australian Barbarians side.

The Australian Women's Rugby team, the Wallaroos will meet Wales, South Africa and hosts, France in Pool C of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 following the pool allocation draw in Paris on Thursday.

October 2013

British & Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling has been ruled out of the huge Cook Cup clash between the Qantas Wallabies and England this weekend (Sunday 1.30am AEDT) at Twickenham.

Australian Rugby Union, NSW Rugby Union and the NSW Waratahs today joined NSW Sports Minister, Gabrielle Upton in launching the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Rugby Union Group.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU), the five Australian Super Rugby teams and The Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) today announced that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been reached for Australia’s professional Rugby players.

England have named a strong squad, including nine of the victorious 2013 British and Irish Lions, to face the Qantas Wallabies in Australia’s opening Test of the Grand Slam-Spring Tour at Twickenham on Saturday November 2nd (11.30pm AEDT).

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and winger Cory Jane will not play against the Qantas Wallabies at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow (17h30 AEDT).

The Australian Schoolboys team has been announced for the final 2013 Macquarie Schools Tri-Nations match against New Zealand tomorrow, Saturday 5 October, at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School. 

 

Argentina have lost Juan Figallo for their Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Test against the Qantas Wallabies in Rosario on Saturday. (Sunday morning 8.30am AEST)

In an exciting boost for Australian Rugby, ARU has announced true sports performance brand, ASICS as an Official Partner of the Qantas Wallabies and sponsor of Australian Rugby from 2014.

September 2013

The All Blacks have virtually sewn up the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship with a late try to Ben Smith sealing a bonus point 33-15 victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning (AEST).

Former Wallaby Mark Connors has gathered a team of former rugby greats to run the iconic Brisbane River Loop on Friday 11th October 2013, in support of their great friend Damian Griffin.  Whilst the goal is to raise money to fight cancer, the real competition will come from old rivalries. 

 

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team’s National Indigenous Under 17s squad gathered at Rugby HQ this week to prepare for its two-week tour of France.
 

Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn will reach the special milestone of playing in their 50th Tests for South Africa against the Qantas Wallabies at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday in Round Four of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Australia’s best women Rugby players will be vying for a place in the Australian team for next year’s IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup as part of this week’s National Women’s Championships, being held in Sydney.

The Australian Schoolboys are set to take on the best of New Zealand and Fiji’s Schoolboys with a strong selection of players confirmed for the upcoming Macquarie Bank Schools Tri-Nations Series on home soil this year.

Argentina head coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes from the team that lost 28-13 to the All Blacks, four selection based, one injury enforced, ahead of their clash against the Qantas Wallabies at Patersons Stadium in Perth.

Australian Rugby Union today announced one of Australia’s greatest goal kickers, Michael Lynagh, as the third and final Wallaby Hall of Fame inductee for 2013.

As former club mate of Tony Abbott, Classic Wallaby Peter FitzSimons, pointed out in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, both the Prime Minster, Kevin Rudd, and the challenger, Mr Abbott, have strong links with Rugby.

August 2013

Northern Queensland has successfully defended its National Indigenous Under 16s title, after beating Northern New South Wales on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

Australian Rugby Union has announced three current Board Directors have volunteered to resign or retire from the Board over the next five months.

Australian Rugby Union has announced its commitment to develop an Inclusion Policy, aimed at stamping out discrimination and homophobia, to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Bingham Cup, known as the "gay Rugby World Cup."

The All Blacks team to play the Qantas Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup Test in the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, this Saturday has been named, with young Crusaders flyhalf Tom Taylor to make his All Blacks debut.

The Springboks have opened their 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship campaign with an impressive nine-try 73-13 victory over Argentina in Soweto on Saturday (Sunday morning AEST).

Australian Rugby Union today announced it will develop a world-class training facility and community sporting hub in Sydney, following a $20 million funding commitment from the Federal Coalition and the NSW State Government.

A photo capturing the vivid determination of junior Rugby in Australia has won this year’s Samsung Snapshot Photographic competition.

It’s not every day a Qantas Wallaby player visits your local Rugby match. It’s even rarer to see the Bledisloe Cup there.

The Bledisloe Cup has arrived on Australian soil ahead of next week’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test and first match of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

It must have been good. Former Wallaby legend Stephen Larkham described it as the best atmosphere he's ever been a part of as a Wallaby, while his counterpart, Rod Kafer said the first ten minutes was “the most unbelievable bit of Rugby I think I’ve ever seen."
 

July 2013

In the countdown to this year’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test match in Sydney, rugby.com.au and ARUTV are taking you on a journey back in time to re-live some of the classic moments from Rugby's ultimate rivalry between Australia and New Zealand.
 

Rugby across Australia. The passion, the strength, the mud, the men, the women, the effort on the faces of the tiny tots, the community. Rarely are all these aspects of the game showcased as one visually-appealing expression of Australian Rugby.
 

In the countdown to this year’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test match in Sydney, rugby.com.au and ARUTV will take you on a journey back in time to re-live some of the classic moments from Rugby's ultimate rivalry between Australia and New Zealand.
 

Australian Rugby Union congratulates former ARU President Ron Graham on his appointment today to the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sports Ground Trust.

Australian Rugby Union has today announced former Test prop Ewen McKenzie as the new Qantas Wallabies Head Coach from early August.

Leigh Halfpenny has been recognised as the HSBC Lions player of the Series after helping to guide the British & Irish Lions to their first Test Series win in 16 years.

Two NSW teams fought out the final of the Australian Schools Championship in Sydney on Saturday, with defending Champions NSW I defeating NSW II at St Ignatius College, Riverview.

Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was understandably devastated by the Wallabies 41-16 loss to the Lions in the deciding third Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour on Saturday night in Sydney.

The DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour has continued its record breaking ways setting a third stadium record of 83,702 tonight at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

In front of a new ground record crowd of 83,702 the British & Irish Lions have defeated the Qantas Wallabies 41-16 in the deciding third Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.

Before the Qantas Wallabies kick-off for the all-important deciding Test match against the British & Irish Lions, the curtain raiser to end all curtain raisers will take place as Sydney University get ready to tackle the World University Barbarians.

The Tom Richards Cup won’t be the only prize up for grabs in the third Test between the Qantas Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions on Saturday night, with the hotly contested DHL Man of the Series also on the line.

As anticipation builds towards the third, final and deciding Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour Sydney Olympic Park is set to light up with an exciting Live site at Cathy Freeman Park.

Australian Rugby Union today paid tribute to former Australian Selector and Australian Rugby Union Life Member, John Gordon Bain OAM after he passed away yesterday aged 85.

Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British & Irish Lions against the Qantas Wallabies in the third Test at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

Australian Rugby Union today unveiled a massive pre-match show for this weekend’s third and deciding Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Qantas Wallabies captain, James Horwill has been cleared to play in Saturday night’s third and deciding Test against the British & Irish Lions in Sydney.

The British & Irish Lions have confirmed that captain Sam Warburton will play no further part in the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour series after suffering an injury during the 2nd Test.

June 2013

The DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour continues to break new ground in Australian sport with another stadium record shattered in Melbourne tonight.

The Qantas Wallabies are still in the hunt to retain the coveted Tom Richards Cup, after defeating the British & Irish Lions 16-15 in front of a record-breaking sports crowd of 56,771 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Australia’s huge year of Rugby is set to continue following the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour with The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship kicking-off on Saturday 17 August.

ARU is “surprised and disappointed” that the International Rugby Board intervened overnight to demand the re-hearing of a foul play charge against Qantas Wallabies captain James Horwill from the first Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

The British & Irish Lions have announced the team to play the Qantas Wallabies in the 2nd Test at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday.

Australian Rugby Union today announced 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian as the headline act of the pre-match entertainment for the second Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.
 

RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels winger, Lachlan Mitchell, has been cited for lifting British & Irish Lions winger Simon Zebo in the seventh match of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

The British & Irish Lions defeated the Melbourne Rebels 35-0 at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Tuesday night in the perfect preparation for the second Test at Etihad Stadium this Saturday night.

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will captain the British & Irish Lions against the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Ireland prop Tom Court has been called up to the British & Irish Lions.

The Australian Under 20s have finished seventh at the IRB Junior World Championship in France following a 28-17 win over Ireland in their final match of the tournament.

The RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels have named their strongest available team for Tuesday night's historical match against the British & Irish Lions, with Qantas Wallabies scrumhalf Luke Burgess selected in the run on side.

Qantas Wallabies captain, James Horwill, has been cited for stamping or trampling against the British & Irish Lions’ lock, Alun Wyn Jones, in the opening Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

The British & Irish Lions today announced the team to play the RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Tuesday.



Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has praised his players after the heartbreaking 23-21 loss in a gripping first Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour in Brisbane.

 The HSBC British & Irish Lions have gone one-up in the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour test series after a thrilling 23-21 victory over the Qantas Wallabies in a drama charged first Test played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight in front of a new ground record crowd of 52,499.
 

Last Friday, international rugby greats took to the Ballymore field in what was a once-in-a-lifetime clash between the Classic Anzacs and the British and Irish XV, raising in excess of $200,000 for charity Mates4Mates - with part of the funds also going to Help for Heroes (UK) and The Fallen Heroes Trust (NZ).
 

International Rugby greats went head to head at Ballymore in Brisbane tonight in a once in a lifetime clash between the Classic Anzacs and a British & Irish XV to raise much-needed funds for returned soldiers.

Australian Rugby Union today confirmed that 500 tickets have been placed on late sale for the opening Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow evening. The tickets include some of the best viewing seats in the house and are available NOW through Ticketek.

The British & Irish Lions today announced the team to play the Qantas Wallabies in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

For all the latest news from the Qantas Wallabies camp, including interviews with your favourite Wallabies and exclusive behind the scenes access during the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour, go to ARUTV.

The Brumbies pair of Ben Mowen and Christian Leali’ifano, alongside the NSW Waratahs outside back Israel Folau, will all make their international debuts after today being named in the Qantas Wallabies starting line-up for Saturday’s opening Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Australian Rugby Union today announced iconic rock legend, Colin Hay, will headline the pre-match entertainment ahead of the first Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

The Australian Under 20s fell 22-15 to Argentina in their fifth-place semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon in France early this morning.

In front of a bumper crowd of 21,655 a courageous young Brumbies team have tamed the British & Irish Lions 14-12 at Canberra Stadium tonight, ending the tourists unbeaten streak on the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

Australian Under 20s coach Adrian Thompson has made nine changes to his starting side as they prepare to face Argentina in a fifth-place semi-final at the IRB Junior World Championship in France tomorrow morning. (Wednesday)

2007 Rugby World Cup winning coach, and current Brumbies coach, Jake White, has strongly backed the Qantas Wallabies to come out firing against the British and Irish Lions in the opening Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour this Saturday night in Brisbane.

Qantas Wallabies squad members Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio will join Canberra club star, Chris Cocca when the University of Canberra Brumbies take on the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.

The British & Irish Lions today announced the team to play the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday. Ireland’s Rory Best will captain the team in the last tour game before the 1st Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

The British & Irish Lions defeated the NSW Waratahs 47-17 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney tonight after a breath taking display of world class Rugby in front of a capacity crowd of 40,805.

University of Canberra Brumbies forward Sam Carter believes Tuesday’s clash with the British and Irish Lions will not only be an exciting challenge for the young ACT side but also a great opportunity for the team to test themselves against some of the best players from the Northern Hemisphere.

HSBC Waratahs’ captain Dave Dennis will return from international duty to lead his state into one of the most historic matches in NSW Rugby history.

The Australian Under 20s have finished the pool stage of the IRB Junior World Championship with a resounding 46-12 win over Fiji at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, France, early this morning.

Australian Under 20s coach Adrian Thompson has rung in the changes for his side’s final pool match at the IRB Junior World Championship, making 11 alterations to the starting side to face Fiji.

The British & Irish Lions have announced the team to play the HSBC NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

It’s rare for Rugby royalty like Sir Graham Henry, Joe Roff, Jeremy Guscott MBE and Gavin Hastings OBE to assemble together at the same time in the same place, but as part of this year’s DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour they will at an exclusive ‘History in the Making’ Lions lunch, and tickets are still available.

Billy Twelvetrees has been called up to the British & Irish Lions squad as backline cover. The England and Gloucester Rugby centre flew from Argentina on Wednesday and will arrive in Sydney on Friday.

A sparkling attacking display saw the British & Irish Lions defeat Combined NSW and Queensland Country 64-0 in the third match of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle tonight.

Queensland Reds and Australian Sevens winger Luke Morahan has been called into the Qantas Wallabies squad ahead of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

 The final six places in the Qantas Wallabies squad for the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour have been confirmed today with Hugh McMeniman arriving in from Perth to join Kurtley Beale, Digby Ioane, Pat McCabe, Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio as the newcomers at the training base on the Sunshine Coast ahead of the three Test series, which opens in Brisbane on June 22.

The Australian Under 20s have been denied a historic victory over New Zealand at the IRB Junior World Championship, despite a late charge and dominant second half from the young men in green and gold.

Newcastle local Lewie Catt has been named amongst the Combined Country starting XV to face the British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle tomorrow, Tuesday 11 June.

Ireland's Simon Zebo will join the British & Irish Lions as cover for Tommy Bowe on the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

Australian Under 20s coach Adrian Thompson has named his side to face New Zealand, with four changes to the starting side that lost 19-15 to Ireland in their opening match of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.

The British & Irish Lions have announced the team to play Combined Country at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Quade Cooper may never get the chance to execute it but his courageous Reds delivered an emphatic first Test blueprint to topple the British and Irish Lions - speed, attack and the unexpected.

The British and Irish Lions have defeated the Queensland Reds 22-12 in an enthralling match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight in their second outing of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

Alex Corbisiero arrived in Brisbane today after a five-flight two-day trip and declared he’d “do it again” tomorrow so he could join the British & Irish Lions.

Fans attending this evenings DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour match at Suncorp Stadium are being encouraged to leave the car at home, take public transport and arrive early with the match now officially sold out.

Mako Vunipola will start for the British & Irish Lions against the Queensland Reds tomorrow after Gethin Jenkins suffered tightness in his calf during today’s captain’s run.

St.George Queensland Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper will be given the honour of captaining Queensland in Saturday night’s historic tour match against The British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

British & Irish Lions Prop, Cian Healy has been cleared of acts contrary to good sportsmanship, following a two and a half hour hearing today in Brisbane.

The British & Irish Lions have announced the team to play the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Australian Under 20s opened their 2013 IRB Junior World Championship campaign with an agonisingly close 19-15 loss to Ireland in France overnight.

The St.George Queensland Reds have announced a strong 23-man line-up for their historic tour match against The British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

British & Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cited after an incident in the match against the Western Force in Perth last night, and English prop Alex Corbisiero has been called up to the tour as cover after Healy was injured in the same match.

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland praised his 'ruthless' side for delivering a nine try victory in Perth that sets up a big clash in Brisbane with the Queensland Reds on Saturday (7.30pm AEST)

The British and Irish Lions have put in an impressive display, scoring nine tries to defeat the Western Force 69-17, in the opening match of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour in Perth tonight in front of a vocal crowd of 35,103.

In a bitter blow to the Qantas Wallabies, rampaging Melbourne Rebels loose forward Scott Higginbotham is out of Rugby for the rest of the year.

Australian Under-20 coach Adrian Thompson has named an experienced side to face Ireland on Thursday morning AEST in their opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship in France.

The Emirates Western Force has included six Test players for their historic tour match against the British & Irish Lions at Patersons Stadium on Wednesday nigh 6pm AWST (8pm AEST)

Feisty Western Force halfback Brett Sheehan has promised the British and Irish Lions a bruising and potentially "fiery" welcome to Australia when they clash on Wednesday night in Perth.

The British & Irish Lions today announced the team to play the Western Force at Patersons Stadium, Perth at 18h00 AWST (20h00 AEST) on Wednesday, June 5 in the first game of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

HONG KONG: Warren Gatland has warned Owen Farrell he cannot afford to lose his discipline again after the England five-eighth traded blows with Schalk Brits during the British and Irish Lions' 59-8 win against the Barbarians.

Combined Country coach Cam Blades has announced his 23-man squad for the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour match in Newcastle on Tuesday 11 June.

Wales star Mike Phillips inspired the British & Irish Lions to a comprehensive 59-8 victory over the Barbarians at hot and humid Hong Kong Stadium as their 10-game DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour began in successful fashion.

May 2013

It has been four years in the making and all of a sudden it has arrived - the opening game of the 125th anniversary DHL Australia 2013 Lions tour of the British & Irish Lions.

The Lions have become embroiled in a furious row with the Barbarians which led to the hasty alteration of the invitational team’s line-up.

Australian Rugby Union today reinforced its commitment to supporting and promoting reconciliation in Australia by unveiling its maiden Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
 

The British & Irish Lions today announced the first team of the DHL Australian 2013 Lions Tour.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse has warned the Lions to expect a bruising encounter after being picked to lead the Barbarians against Warren Gatland's men in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Rory Best has spoken of the "massive honour" of being called up to the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour ...

Qantas Wallabies hero George Gregan is ready for the Lions

The Western Force’s tour match against the HSBC British & Irish Lions as part of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour and Super Rugby fixture against the NSW Waratahs headline the WA Festival of Rugby set to take place in Perth next week.

From glamour girls to loud music and Joe Marler, nothing seems to faze a determined Lion, as he tells Ian Chadband from The Telegraph.

Veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll says it's vital that the British and Irish Lions end a 16-year series victory drought on their Australia tour.

The Australian Under 20s depart for France on Tuesday 28 May for the IRB Junior World Championship, which runs 5-23 June.

Combined Country coach Cam Blades has unveiled his preliminary 43-man squad today, 18 days out from his sides clash against the Lions in Newcastle. 

The last two British & Irish Lions Tours to Australia in 2001 and 1989 produced some of the most historic moments and memorable heroes in world Rugby history and this year they're back.

 

There’s no doubting the performance of some of the Australian Rugby talent on show during this year’s Super Rugby tournament in the lead up to the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.
 

Jonny Wilkinson has confirmed that he will be available for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia should there be an injury to one of the two selected fly-halves, Jonathan Sexton or Owen Farrell.

Australian Rugby Union today announced DHL, the world's leading logistics company, as the naming rights partner for the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia. 

 

The hilarious comic talents of four of world rugby’s finest raconteurs will gather for a side-splitting night of laughter when former Test players, England’s Gareth Chilcott, Scotland’s Ian Robertson, Australia’s Peter FitzSimons and Scott Quinnell from Wales take the stage in A Night of Rugby Comedy at the City Recital Hall in Sydney’s Angel Place on Friday, July 5.

 

Former Test prop Cam Blades will coach Combined Country against the might of the touring British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday, 11 June.
 

There is never a non-contentious Lions squad – unless, like Sir Clive Woodward in 2005, you pick nearly every player who played in the year’s Six Nations – and your view of it depends squarely on which team you support.

It all became slightly more real as the time came for Rugby fans on opposite sides of the world to discover which 37 men had been chosen to come together for the first Lions Tour to Australia in 12 years.

 

The Lions squad to face Australia for the first time in 12 won’t be the only British & Irish Rugby foes stalking Aussie prey. 

 
Many would say it was a given after Sam Warburton stood proudly hoisting the Six Nations trophy following his Welsh counterparts’ emphatic defeat over England earlier this year.  
 

Australian Rugby Union and Bond University today announced a new four-year partnership that will see the Gold Coast-based University become the Official Education Partner of the Qantas Wallabies. 

 
April 2013

The British & Irish Lions squad for the Tour to Australia was announced this morning.  

Australian Rugby Union Chief Executive, Bill Pulver, today marked three months in office by unveiling a new structure and several key appointments to the national body’s administration.

 

Defending title holders Queensland have gone back-to-back, taking out this year’s National Indigenous Under 18 Championship in Sydney today.

Australia great Michael Lynagh views Paul O’Connell as the best man to lead the British and Irish Lions this summer, but predicts that Warren Gatland will opt for Sam Warburton.

It was one of the bloodiest battles in living Rugby memory. Saturday 8 July, 1989 on the hallowed turf of Ballymore in Queensland.
 

The 2013 National Indigenous Under 18s Championship will kick-off this Sunday at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern with four teams from around Australia competing in a round robin format across two days.
 

Australian Rugby Union has welcomed the Australian Sports Commission’s decision to increase Rugby’s funding in 2013/14.

Australian Rugby Union held its Annual General Meeting in Sydney today, the first under a newly adopted Constitution.

Warburton, is the firm favourite to be tour captain after bookmakers suspended betting on him on Friday.

Having earned five Test caps for the British and Irish Lions, Jason Robinson knows a thing or two about what is required to wear the famous red jersey.

It looked threatening, at least for a second. Jonny Wilkinson advanced with ball in hand looking determined to break through the Wallaby defence.
 

Queensland Reds flanker, Curtis Browning, has been appointed captain of Australia’s 28-man Under-20s squad for the IRB Junior World Championship being held in France in June.
 

James Horwill is the man fans believe should lead the Qantas Wallabies against the British & Irish Lions this year, after receiving the clear majority of votes in this week’s rugby.com.au poll.
 

Paul O'Connell inspired Munster to an 18-12 Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Harlequins and was immediately tipped to make a big impression on the British and Irish Lions tour.
 

One of the biggest Primary aged Rugby tournaments in Australia will take place this weekend in Northern NSW as around 1000 children aged between 11 and 12 years of age make their way to The Armidale School Rugby Carnival.
 

Australian Under-20 coaches Adrian Thompson and Sean Hedger have named their squad for the final IRB Junior World Championship selection camp, which runs from today until Sunday at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
 

Irish stalwart Brian O’Driscoll has topped this week’s rugby.com.au poll as fans’ choice to Captain the British & Irish Lions when they Tour to Australia for the first time in twelve years this June.
 

“The gold being released from the ceiling … the Lions supporters singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot then falling silent as the Wallabies started scoring tries, the Australian supporters waving their scarves in delirious joy as we won the match.”
 

March 2013

There are more questions than answers for Lions coach Warren Gatland after a pulsating but unilluminating Six Nations.

Old rivalries are synonymous with the game of Rugby. Wallabies v All Blacks, Wales v England and NSW v Queensland are just a few that come to mind.

The countdown to the highly anticipated 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia has reached 70 days and to mark the milestone ARU and IRB today announced the men who will oversee proceedings.

Chiefs recruit, Gareth Anscombe has emerged as the best buy amongst the New Zealand Super Rugby teams for the 2013 season according to fans as he prepares to take on his previous home squad, the Auckland Blues this weekend.
 

Sky Sports UK commentators Scott Quinnell and Will Greenwood have named their Lions starting XV following Wales' back-to-back Six Nations triumph.

The Cheetahs scrum half Sarel Pretorius has received a clean sweep of the votes in this week’s rugby.com.au poll which asked fans which player they thought has been the best buy amongst the South African Super Rugby teams so far this tournament.
 

Saturday's result in Cardiff looks certain to result in a squad of distinctly red hue.

The Qantas Wallabies halfback has signed a two-year extension with Australian Rugby Union, while also committing to a new deal for 2014-15 with the NSW Waratahs.
 

 Australian Rugby Union’s Brisbane-based National Academy side battled inclement weather in a physically demanding encounter to fall 24-17 to a strong Fiji A side in the second round of the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup game on Thursday night.

The Barbarians have announced their first five world class recruits to face the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong on June 1.

Australian Rugby Union’s Sydney and Brisbane-based National Academy squads are gearing up to face international development sides from Fiji and Samoa in the second round of the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup.
 

Injury-plagued blindside flanker Stephen Ferris has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia due to ankle surgery.

The surprise early season Super Rugby form of the Blues’ has divided fans with just 1% separating fans votes of who will finish top of the New Zealand conference.
 

Lions legend Gavin Hastings reckons the RBS 6 Nations clash between Scotland and Wales will see two of the world's deadliest marksmen go boot-to-boot.
 

February 2013

This week’s rugby.com.au poll results reveal that fans believe the Stormers will be top the South African Super Rugby conference ahead of last year’s Super Rugby Champions, the Sharks. 
 

Chris Robshaw is now the front-runner to be named British and Irish Lions captain after his second successive man-of-the-match performance in a 23-13 victory over France on Saturday.
 

The Wallabies’ major naming rights partner, Qantas, has today unveiled a new look Boeing 737-800 in support of the Wallabies upcoming campaign against the British & Irish Lions.
 

Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy has today launched the 100 Day Countdown to the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia.
 

It’s been 12 years in the making and in 100 Days Perth will welcome the iconic British & Irish Lions back to Australian shores for the opening match of their highly anticipated 2013 tour.
 

As the Lions get set for their latest trip to Australia, we look back at the previous 11 tours Down Under, starting with the opening two adventures in the late 19th century.
 

As excitement continues to grow ahead of first British and Irish Lions tour in 12 years, Paul Cully takes a look at the 12 top moments from previous tours.

 

The Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby development team will become the latest Australian side to join a newly expanded IRB Pacific Rugby Cup this year.

It's a testament to the rarity of the honour that last year's Wallabies skipper Nathan Sharpe, who ended his career as the most capped Australian forward of all time, NEVER received the privilege of representing his country against the British & Irish Lions.
 

Rugby fans across the country have been deliberating on which players to include in their Super Rugby Fantasy teams after the 2013 Super Rugby tournament kicked off last weekend.
 

The 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia is looming as the most attended in Australian Rugby history following the speed at which tickets were purchased in yesterday’s General Public on sale.
 

Rugby fans have rushed to secure tickets for the three Tests between the Qantas Wallabies and British & Irish Lions, with allocations for the series drained within minutes of going on General Public sale today.
 

Tickets to the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour are set to go on sale tomorrow with both Lions’ matches in Brisbane expected to sell fast.

Tickets to the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour are set to go on sale tomorrow with all three Lions’ matches in NSW expected to sell fast.

Australian Rugby Union has announced Adrian Thompson (head coach) and Sean Hedger (assistant coach) as the Australian Under-20 coaches for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship being held in France in June.
 

Tickets to the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia are set to go on sale next week with the Lions’ match in Newcastle expected to sell fast.
 

Australian Super Rugby fans have proven their faith lies with the Queensland Reds in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.

Warren Gatland may restrict the number of England players he includes in his Lions squad to tour Australia this summer because he feels it would put too much pressure on the team.

A side made up of Australian Rugby Union National Academy players will meet the Queensland Reds College XV in an exhibition clash at Ballymore Stadium this Thursday 13 February at 6:00pm.
 

Tickets to the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia are set to go on sale next week with both Lions’ matches in Melbourne expected to sell fast.
 

Australian Rugby fans take note. Former inspirational British & Irish Lions Assistant Coach, Jim Telfer is back and this time he’s rallying British & Irish fans to do whatever it takes to make the journey to Australia to support the Lions this year.
 

Of all the players I've coached and played with in club rugby, for England and for the Lions, and of all the players I've coached and played against, there remain only two backs I consider to be the complete article - Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll.
 

Australian Rugby Union supports Federal Government initiatives to ensure the integrity of professional sports is rigorously protected.

Wallabies great Michael Lynagh believes it is a "miracle" he survived a stroke last year.

Young five-eighth Owen Farrell has been endorsed for a spot on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia by skills coach Mike Catt.

<p>The final votes are in and it is officially one of the closest rugby.com.au polls yet! A meagre 6% of votes separated the Rugby public as to whether or not new HSBC Waratahs recruit Israel Falau should be selected for the Qantas Wallabies to take on the Lions.<br /> &#160;</p>

Queensland fans have rushed to buy tickets for the opening Test of the British & Irish Lions series after Australian Rugby Union launched its first major pre-sale opportunity today.
 

Everybody is picking their "current" Lions team and I certainly don't intend missing out on that fun even if the normal caveats apply - there are five months to go yet and anything can happen.
 

The 1989 Lions defied the odds to turn a 1-0 series deficit into a 2-1 series success with a nailbiting 19-18 win in the final rubber in Sydney.
 

January 2013

With the RBS 6 Nations 2013 kicking off on Saturday, here we profile each of the six countries, picking out players who are set to make an impact at this year's competition.
 

Sean Maitland is set to join the ranks of Scotland's 'kilted Kiwis' in this weekend's Six Nations rugby clash away to England at Twickenham.

The 2013 British & Irish Lions will have four coaches, two analysts, a small army of medics and physiotherapists and a media team of three. The players will train and play wearing GPS technology and will want for nothing.
 

The dangling carrot of British and Irish Lions squad places provides the backdrop to this year's Six Nations championship in which England and France vie for favouritism, and Wales seek to retain their title off the back of seven successive defeats.
 

The renowned intercept in the Second Test by Wallaby great, Joe Roff has been voted as the biggest turning point of the 2001 British & Irish Lions Series during the their last Tour to Australia. A tour that is still remembered for the edge of the seat, exhilarating Rugby it produced.
 

Matt Kvesic, Ugo Monye and Mouritz Botha have all been called up to the England senior squad as Stuart Lancaster faces an anxious wait on a couple of injury concerns.
 

"I’ve changed my views on Chris - the more I watch him and the more I see the stats from the games, he’s turning into an outstanding openside"

Jonny Wilkinson has admitted that he was battling with one of the toughest decisions of his career as he ponders the right moment to retire. The Toulon fly-half, who stepped away from the international arena a year ago, revealed that he expected the matter to be resolved within a few weeks.
 

The Australian Rugby Sevens teams have completed their first Australian Youth Olympic Festival campaign successfully with the Australian women’s team becoming Gold Medal Champions and the Australian men’s side winning the silver medal at St Ignatius College Riverview on Saturday.
 

Australia’s Rugby Sevens teams have impressed on Day 1 of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival held in hot conditions at St. Ignatius College Riverview on Friday.
 

Brian O'Driscoll remains among the favourites to captain the Lions next June, despite being told yesterday he will not be leading Ireland in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
 

The potential match-up between the Qantas Wallabies’ David Pocock and Wales’ Sam Warburton during this year’s highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour of Australia has been voted the most mouth-watering by fans.
 

Wing Eli Walker and South Africa-born back row Andries Pretorius are among five new faces in Wales' 35-man squad for the defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown.
 

Australian Rugby Union today announced Samsung as the new Official mobile and tablet partner of the Qantas Wallabies. 

Scott Johnson's first Scotland squad as interim head coach has taken on a distinctly fresh-faced feel as he looks to reinvigorate his side ahead of the RBS 6 Nations.

 
In the wake of the gold medals, glamour, wide grins and all-round glory of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2013 may appear to be a comparatively quiet year for sport.

But to view the next 12 months as an athletic backwater would be to ignore the considerable event that is the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. 

Highly-regarded international business executive, Bill Pulver, has today been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rugby Union. 

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has called on his Australian counterpart Robbie Deans to allow his players to line-up for their Super Rugby teams against the elite tourists later this year.

December 2012

Australian Rugby Union and the British and Irish Lions have warned fans to ensure they are dealing only with official travel and hospitality providers in the countdown to the highly-anticipated 2013 Lions Tour to Australia that has been 12 Years in the Making.

 

George Smith has won the rugby.com.au poll for the second week in a row after fans voted him as the former Wallabies player, who starred against the Lions in either 1989 or 2001, they would most like to see pull on the Gold jersey to face the Lions in 2013.

 

On the day that he unveiled Andy Farrell as one of his assistant coaches, Warren Gatland conceded that the credibility of the Lions was at stake if they returned from Australia without a series victory.

 

Australian Rugby Union and Lion Co today announced the renewal of their decade long partnership, for a further three years. 

Jonny Wilkinson has been given fresh hope about his chances of capping a glittering Test career with a third and final Lions tour next summer, but he will have to force his way past two younger English No 10s to earn a squad place. 

 

Final results of this week’s rugby.com.au poll show George Smith has been voted the most memorable player of the last British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia 12 years ago in 2001. 

 

 Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland has been ruled out for around six months and will miss the Six Nations.

Australian Rugby Union today announced another record breaking year for participation after recording more than 300,000 players for the first time in its history. 

 

British & Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland will turn to Rob Howley, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree to form his backroom staff ahead of next summer's tour, according to reports.

 

Australian Rugby Union has ushered in historic Constitutional changes at a General Meeting in Sydney today.

Tour boss Gatland fears home nations will lose touch with Big Three unless attitudes change.

One of sport’s greatest rivalries, Australia v England, is as fierce as ever according to the results of the latest rugby.com.au poll. 

 

"The Lions is going to be a great series," said Australia coach Robbie Deans on Saturday after his weary players had pulled a notable win out of the fire in Cardiff. 

 

Retiring captain Nathan Sharpe hailed the Wallabies' European tour a success and a good springboard into the pivotal 2013 season highlighted by a British and Irish Lions tour.

 

Australia has been drawn to face host nation England and reigning Six Nations champions Wales in the pool rounds of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Australian Rugby Union has today welcomed the latest addition to the Super Rugby playing ranks – former rugby league international Israel Folau.

Australia has successfully finished in the number three spot on the IRB World Rankings. On December 3 (UK time) the current World Rankings will determine how the 12 qualifying teams are banded for the Rugby World Cup 2015 pools when the allocation draw takes place.

 
November 2012

Australian Rugby Union today welcomed the Australian Sports Commission’s new plan for high performance sport in this country, Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022.  

 

The clock is ticking and Wednesday this week marked 200 days to go to one of the biggest non-Test matches on next year's British & Irish Lions tour to Australia, against the NSW Waratahs.

 

Australia wing Nick Cummins openly admits that next summer's British and Irish Lions tour Down Under is on his mind.

Michael Hooper has won this week’s rugby.com.au weekly poll with the majority of fans voting him the most likely to be leading the polling for next year’s John Eales Medal at the conclusion of the 2012 Spring Tour. 

 

It continues to be a question of composure and attitude as New Zealand and Australia rule the roost in Test rugby.

The results from the second Poll on rugby.com.au, which asked fans what the Qantas Wallabies win-loss ledger would be at the conclusion of this year’s Spring Tour, suggest most believe the team will walk away with just the one loss.
 

Humblings of the home nations will force coach Warren Gatland into major rethink ahead of next year's series in Australia.

The results from the first rugby.com.au poll are in, and fans believe it would be the French who would trouble the Qantas Wallabies on the 2012 Spring Tour.
 

The opening weekend of the autumn internationals will not be remembered with any fondness by the home unions after three defeats and a solitary win.
 

Australian Rugby Fans are being encouraged to have their say on the new Law amendments on trial during the upcoming November Tests.
 

The countdown to next year's British and Irish Lions tour has well and truly begun and with the November Tests kicking off this weekend, players from the four home unions have an early opportunity to stake a claim for a Test spot. 

 

Rugby fans will be spoilt for choice this November and December after Network Ten today announced they would broadcast all four of the Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour Tests Live across the country.
 

The November Tests are always fiercely contested affairs but this year there’s an added incentive with victories vital in a bid to get the best possible seeding for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw on December 3.

Upcoming Tests are an opportunity for fringe players to step forward, but the issue this time is quantity, not quality.

As the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw continues, the spotlight will be firmly on the end of year internationals to see whether teams are able to improve their banding for the event on December 3.

Over one hundred coaches and managers gathered at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last weekend for a two-day workshop ahead of Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) Junior Gold Program which kicks off next week.
 

October 2012

 Quade Cooper has today been found to be in breach of the ARU Code of Conduct in respect of his social media and media comments between Saturday 22 and Thursday 27 September. 

 

We can officially unveil the new Lions shirt for the 2013 tour to Australia. 

Australian Rugby Union today released the Strengthening the Governance of Australian Rugby (the Arbib Review), which looked into the game’s Corporate Governance structures.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the eight nominees for the 2012 National Volunteer of the Year Award as part of this year’s National Volunteer Recognition Program.

Former British & Irish Lions international John Bentley believes reputation should count for nothing when coach Warren Gatland picks his squad for next summer's tour to Australia.

Australian Rugby Union today revealed Allen Gray as the inaugural Qantas Wallabies ‘Ultimate Fan’ after he successfully accumulated the most points in the Qantas Wallabies 2012 ‘Rugby Rewards’ Facebook application.

Australian Rugby Union today welcomed Network Ten as the new Free-to-Air (FTA) broadcast rights holder for Qantas Wallabies Test matches from 2013-2015.

Qantas Wallabies forward, Scott Higginbotham, has this evening accepted a two week suspension on both counts after pleading guilty to two counts of striking All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, with the knee and the head.

Australian Rugby Union has today considered the historic review commissioned earlier this year into the game’s Corporate Governance.

Two of Queensland’s favourite sons, Geoff ‘Bunter’ Shaw and Tony Shaw have today been announced as inductees to the Wallaby Hall of Fame.

SANZAR would like to remind all that their online viewing service, available towards the tail-end of 2012 Super Rugby and throughout The Rugby Championship, will be offering coverage in most of the same territories for the third Bledisloe Cup match.

WALES bosses Warren Gatland and Rob Howley are this morning anxiously waiting on the outcome of a medical bulletin surrounding skipper Sam Warburton.

One of the country’s most respected sports administrators, John O’Neill AO, will stand down as Australian Rugby Union Managing Director and CEO on October 31, 2012.

Australian Rugby Union today welcomed Bond University as a partner of Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch 2012 after the highly renowned educational institution signed an agreement with ARU.

Brian O'Driscoll has Australia very much on his mind, and not just in terms of a fourth British & Irish Lions tour next summer.

The Australian Schools finished their tour yesterday with a memorable 16-14 win over New Zealand Schools in Auckland.

Australian Rugby Union welcomes today’s admission from the International Rugby Board that match officials were at fault when they blocked a replacement by the Qantas Wallabies and left the Australians a man short for the final 14 minutes of last Saturday’s Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship match with South Africa in Pretoria.

The Australian Schools side to face New Zealand Schools in Auckland has been named, with just two changes made to the side that defeated Samoan Schools 80-7 in Hamilton on Tuesday.

A dominant 80-7 win over Samoan Schools at St. Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton on Tuesday has set up the Australian Schools for the final match of their tour.

The Australian Schools side has been named to face Samoan Schools in Hamilton on Tuesday 2 October 2012.

The Australian Schools have suffered their second loss on tour falling 24-5 to the New Zealand Barbarian Under-18 side at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College on Saturday 29 September.

September 2012

Australian Rugby Union has today made a statement...

Australian Rugby Union is mourning the loss of former Wallabies team doctor, Dr. John Egan Moulton OAM, who passed away last Friday aged 82.

Argentina have chosen the same run-on side, which narrowly lost to the Qantas Wallabies, to play New Zealand in their Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Test in La Plata Stadium on Saturday.

Johan Goosen will start his first Test for the Springboks when he runs out at flyhalf against Australia in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Five-eighth Dan Carter's return from injury couldn't have come at a better time, as the All Blacks look to wrap up The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship with a win over Argentina at La Plata on Sunday.

Australian Schools rebounded from their 18-9 loss to the Fijian President’s XV with a resounding 29-12 defeat over Fijian Schools at Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji yesterday.

Australian Schools selectors have made significant changes to the side which fell 18-9 to the Fijian President’s XV on Saturday, with just four players retaining their starting positions for today’s clash with Fijian Schools.

Abundance of fly-half talent leaves England legend at back of pack

On a hot afternoon at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji the Australian Schools team were defeated 18-9 by a spirited Fijian President’s XV in the first match of their five-match tour on Saturday 22 September.

The Australian Schoolboys side to take on the Fijian President’s XV in the first match of their overseas tour has been named.

Australian Rugby Union today congratulated Australian Referee Amy Perrett on her selection on the International Rugby Board’s Female Rugby Sevens Referee Panel.

Australian Schools Rugby Union today announced Fox Sports 3HD & 3 will broadcast live the Australian Schools v New Zealand Schools Test on Saturday 6 October.

Wales skipper Sam Warburton has played down suggestions that he is nailed on for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour and is instead focused on trying to re-find his best form.

Italy veteran lock Marco Bortolami will miss the November Tests after undergoing surgery on his shoulder at the weekend.

England fullback Ben Foden will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering an ankle injury during Northampton's victory over Bath last week.

With three years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in England, confidence is high that the world’s showpiece Rugby tournament will be spectacular, creating a lasting legacy both for England and the continued global development of Rugby.

It's back to the bad old days of the 1970s for England as Celts are set to dominate when Gatland's squad go Down Under.

The 2012 Australian Schools tour squad today assembled at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern as it prepares to tour Fiji and New Zealand over the coming weeks.

British & Irish Lions legend Willie John McBride has warned next summer's tourists to be wary of Southern Hemisphere "bully boys" that could wreck their hopes of winning the Test series.

The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Paul Tully has accepted a guilty plea from Dean Greyling of South Africa for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking after he was Cited following the match at the weekend between New Zealand and South Africa in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Argentina insist their first Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship win is just around the corner after letting slip a golden opportunity to beat the Qantas Wallabies on Saturday.

Dropped scrum-half Aaron Smith was the hero on Saturday for New Zealand, moving off the bench to score a game-changing solo try as the All Blacks defeated South Africa 21-11 in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Aaron Smith has broken team protocol and has been relegated to the reserves for the All Blacks' Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Dunedin on Saturday night.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has sent an early warning to the Wallabies, saying victory over them in November is key to his team's 2015 World Cup seeding.

Halfback Piri Weepu will make his first Test start of the year as All Blacks coach Steve Hansen unveiled four changes to the team to face South Africa on Saturday.

The Springbok team that will face New Zealand in the fourth Test in The Castle Rugby Championship in Dunedin on Saturday shows two changes from the side that played Australia last weekend.

Argentina have made two changes to their backline for Saturday night's Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship clash with the Qantas Wallabies at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.

Warren Gatland has revealed Jonny Wilkinson could be handed a surprise call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad for next year's tour to Australia despite having retired from international rugby.

Dan Carter has been classified as injury-prone by the All Blacks and will be given special treatment to extend a glittering rugby career.

The All Blacks overcame a committed Argentina and a power outage to beat Argentina 21-5 in their Rugby Championship Test on Saturday night played in horrendous Wellington weather.

Injury to champion five eighth Dan Carter forced coach Steve Hansen into a sixth change to the All Blacks team for an expected physical Rugby Championship clash with Argentina on Saturday.

Coach Steve Hansen reached for his scalpel in making five changes to the All Blacks side to face Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship Test in Wellington.

Western Province No 8 Duane Vermeulen will make his Springbok debut against Australia in Perth on Saturday, in South Africa’s third Test in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship for 2012.

International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset believes that Wheelchair Rugby will capture the imagination of sports fans around the world when the Paralympic competition begins on September 5.

The Welsh Rugby Union is delighted to support the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013 by agreeing to release Warren Gatland to become Head Coach of the Squad.

The British & Irish Lions have appointed Wales’ national coach, Warren Gatland, as head coach for the 2013 tour to Australia. The tour represents the 125 year anniversary of the Lions’ proud touring heritage and traditions, and it is eagerly awaited by rugby fans across Britain and Ireland. Gatland will take up the post immediately to commence detailed tour planning in association with Tour Manager, Andy Irvine, and senior tour management personnel.

Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss is the only injury concern at this stage as Bath flanker Francois Louw joined the team in Perth on Monday after a long flight from London via Dubai.

August 2012

The global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England is gathering pace and next month teams from across Europe will join the party.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer gambled on Wednesday by choosing uncapped Johan Goosen and Duane Vermeulen in his Rugby Championship squad for away Tests against Australia and New Zealand next month.

Winger Cory Jane says the All Blacks are looking to add discipline to their desire to play at a high tempo when they return to action in The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer admitted on Sunday he has serious back-row problems to solve before a Rugby Championship third-round clash in Australia next month.

South Africa scored 10 unanswered second-half points to snatch a lucky 16-16 draw with newcomers Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship match in Mendoza.

All Black Sonny Bill Williams believes Quade Cooper's past woes at Eden Park will only serve to fire up the Wallaby on his return to the ground.

Coach Steve Hansen points to a match at Eden Park 10 months ago to illustrate why the All Blacks will take nothing for granted against Australia in the second round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The All Blacks have made one forced change to their side to face the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Auckland on Saturday night.

The Springbok team preparing for the second Castle Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday received a huge boost when Bryan Habana was declared fit to start on Wednesday.

England international Danny Care has extended his contract with Premiership champions Harlequins that is set to keep the scrum-half at the club until 2016, the team's director of rugby Conor O'Shea has confirmed.

Lock Luke Romano acknowledges the quality of the lineout ball given to the backs must improve when the All Blacks pursue successive Rugby Championship victories over the Wallabies on Saturday.

Injured Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will undergo surgery on Tuesday to correct serious damage to ligaments in his right knee which he sustained during Saturday’s first Test against Argentina in Cape Town.

Former Qantas Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone is looking to make a fairytale return to rugby after overcoming depression and a swag of injuries.

The inaugural Bledisloe Cup Festival has drawn to a close after a successful week of public events boasting cultural, historical, corporate and sporting overtones.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked all of Toulon's points in a 21-15 Top 14 win over 2009 champions Perpignan on Saturday as the English veteran shrugged off the hype over the return to France of Frederic Michalak.

The Springbok squad that will be travelling to Argentina was named in Cape Town on Saturday evening, with Craig Burden coming in for the injured Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.

There was no fairytale debut for Argentina in the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Saturday as they fell 27-6 to more creative South Africa at Newlands.

Defending champions Toulouse were indebted to Fijian winger Timoci Matanavou and giant Tongan forward Edwin Maka for sealing their French Top 14 season-opening 23-22 win over Castres on Friday.

Pre-World War II Wallaby scrum half and former NSW Rugby President, Francis Wallace Meagher, was today announced as the first inductee to the Wallaby Hall of Fame for 2012.

The inaugural Samsung Snapshot Photographic Competition has proved a hit with fans with over 350 entries depicting all levels of Rugby.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the Carbon Trade Exchange would become an official partner of the Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament in October and would also assist in offsetting the upcoming Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney this weekend.

Luke Romano has bounced back from injury to earn an unexpected start at lock for the All Blacks in Saturday's match in Sydney.

South Africa have made six changes to the team held by England last June for the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship first-round match against Argentina in Cape Town Saturday.

English Premiership team Sale have thrown former Qantas Wallabies utility back Cameron Shepherd a lifeline after his proposed move to Northampton collapsed on medical grounds.

Australian Schools Rugby Union has announced its squad to tour Fiji and New Zealand in September.

Northern Queensland have won the title of tournament Champions at this year’s Santos National Indigenous Under 16 Championship which wrapped up on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The Bledisloe Cup trophy is proving extremely popular with almost 8,000 people across NSW getting the opportunity to get up close to the iconic piece of trans-Tasman silverware.
 

The 2012 Santos National Indigenous Under 16 Championship starts today at Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union Club on the Gold Coast.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from state, territory and affiliate representative teams will come together to compete in the national residential Championship which runs until next Monday.

One of the most sought-after pieces of silverware is making its way through various locations around NSW as part of the first-ever Bledisloe Cup Festival ahead of the opening Test of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup.

Australian Rugby Union Managing Director and CEO, John O’Neill AO, was today joined by NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, Qantas Wallabies Coach Robbie Deans and Qantas Wallabies lock, Nathan Sharpe to launch the inaugural Bledisloe Cup Festival.

This year’s Walla Rugby Week has broken all records with registration numbers up more than 50% on last year’s record breaking amount.

Australian Rugby Union today welcomed SANZAR’s decision to trial the new Pitch Side Concussion Assessment (PSCA) Protocols during the inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Former Qantas Wallabies utility Cameron Shepherd's career is in limbo after English Premiership club Northampton tore up his new contract on medical advice.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is convinced Sonny Bill Williams will return to New Zealand rugby.

Auckland prop Charlie Faumuina is the lone new cap in the All Blacks squad named to contest the inaugural Rugby Championship.

The Springbok selectors on Saturday included five uncapped players in a 30-man Springbok squad for the inaugural Rugby Championship.

The largest trophy in world Rugby touched down in Australia last night on Qantas flight 48 ahead of the inaugural Bledisloe Cup Festival and the opening Test of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup.

The Bledisloe Cup Festival has arrived early at the Museum of Sydney with the opening of the Rivals in Rugby Brothers in War display today.

Underscoring its commitment to enhancing player welfare practices, the International Rugby Board Executive Committee has given dispensation for Unions to trial the pitch-side concussion assessment (PSCA) protocol within their elite domestic competitions.

Keven Mealamu disputes suggestions there is a gulf in class between the two best rugby hookers in New Zealand and the rest.

The All Blacks look set to take the same selection and playing blueprint from the Ireland series into the inaugural Rugby Championship which kicks off this month.

World class outside centre Conrad Smith is unclear how long his eye injury will keep him sidelined from the All Blacks.

July 2012

The midfield mystery has been resolved leaving lock as the biggest selection question mark ahead of coach Steve Hansen's All Blacks squad naming on Sunday.

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is the surprise inclusion in a 28-man All Blacks rugby training squad to prepare for the inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

Australian Rugby Union today unveiled the official logo, ticket prices for all nine matches, and the on-sale dates for next year’s long-awaited Tour by the British & Irish Lions.

Australian Rugby Union has written a new chapter in the game’s history today, announcing its first female Board appointment with the CEO of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry AO, replacing outgoing Director Rick Lee.

Tongan Schools have wrapped up their tour of Australia with two wins and two losses, following a resounding 57-17 win over NSW Combined High Schools at Forshaw Rugby Park on Tuesday.

The Australian Schoolboys have posted an overwhelming 70-13 victory over the visiting Tongan Schools in front of a crowd of 2,000 at St. Mary’s Leagues Stadium on Saturday.

Australia’s influence at the International Rugby Board has been further bolstered by the appointment of former World Cup winning Sevens captain Cheryl Soon to one of the governing body’s most important committees.

Australia A Schools have defeated Tongan Schools 29-5 at St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview on Wednesday.

Australian Rugby Union today announced a new partnership with UN Women Australia allowing the two organisations to work closely on raising awareness about the role women play in leadership and sport.

Australian Rugby Union High Performance manager David Nucifora has today offered his thanks to Patricio Noriega, who has accepted an offer to coach in France.

Queensland’s dominant run at the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships has been brought to a halt, with NSW I ensuring QLD I did not secure a seventh-straight title at the tournament final on Saturday.

Queensland will look to continue its dominance in the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships when they compete for a seventh-straight title this Saturday.

The Australian Schools Presidents XV side has been named to face the Tongan Schools side at St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview on Saturday 7 July.

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships - Day 2 Results

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships - Day 1 Results

June 2012

Two stalwarts of Australian women’s Rugby over the past decade have decided to hang up the boots after representing their country with prestige with the Wallaroos and Qantas Women’s Sevens teams.

The Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships will return to Sydney for the first time in three years, with 12 teams descending on St. Ignatius’ College Riverview for a week of competition.

Australian Rugby Union today announced a new two year partnership with independent international online betting monitoring company, Global Sports Integrity (GSI) – in a ground-breaking move for an Australian sport.

The Australian Under 20s have suffered another heartbreaking loss to finish eighth at the IRB Junior World Championship.

The Australian Under-20 side has been named to face England in the seventh-place playoff at the IRB Junior World Championship.

A late drop goal to French flyhalf Thomas Laranjeira has broken the Australian Under 20s hearts in their fifth-place semi-final at the IRB Junior World Championship.

The Australian Under 20s have finished third in Pool C of the IRB Junior World Championship following a shock 31-7 loss to France at Cape Town Stadium early Wednesday morning (AEST).

The Australian Under 20s have suffered their first loss of the IRB Junior World Championship, falling 15-3 to a powerful Argentinan outfit.

Australian Under-20 coaches Anthony Eddy and David Nucifora have made eight changes to their starting lineup as they prepare for their second match of the IRB Junior World Championship.

Australian Rugby Union today announced global technology brand Samsung has been welcomed on board as a new Partner until the end of 2015.

An impressive first half burst has led the Australian Under 20s to a 67-12 win over Scotland in their opening game of the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.

Jean de Villiers will become the 54th Springbok captain after he was named to lead the Boks in the Castle Incoming Tour against England, which starts on Saturday.

Australian Under-20 coaches Anthony Eddy and David Nucifora have named their side for their first match of the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship against Scotland.

A quick look at the World of Rugby as it's happening, around the Regions..

May 2012

A 42-man England squad skippered by flanker Chris Robshaw arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday to start a five-match, three-Test tour of South Africa.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has left captain Thierry Dusautoir at home for Les Bleus' summer tour of Argentina next month in a host of changes announced on Thursday.

• IRB Chairman emphasises value of JWC
• Tournament set to leave lasting legacy
• South Africa will host wonderful celebration of Junior Rugby