Australia national rugby union team

The Australia national rugby union team, nicknamed the Wallabies, is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the nation of Australia. The team first played at Sydney in 1899, winning their first test match against the touring British Isles team.

Australia
Nickname(s)Wallabies
EmblemWallaby
UnionRugby Australia
Head coachDave Rennie
CaptainMichael Hooper
Most capsGeorge Gregan (139)
Top scorerMichael Lynagh (911)
Top try scorerDavid Campese (64)
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current6 (as of 23 November 2021)
Highest2 (2004)
Lowest7 (2020)
First international
Australia 13–3 British Isles
(Sydney, Australia; 24 June 1899)
Biggest win
Australia 142–0 Namibia
(Adelaide, Australia; 25 October 2003)
Biggest defeat
South Africa 53–8 Australia
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 August 2008)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987)
Best resultChampions, 1991 and 1999
Medal record
Websitewww.rugby.com.au

Australia have competed in all nine Rugby World Cups, winning the final on two occasions and also finishing as runner-up twice. Australia beat England at Twickenham in the final of the 1991 Rugby World Cup and won again in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff when their opponents in the final were France.[1]

The Wallabies also compete annually in The Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations), along with southern hemisphere counterparts Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. They have won this championship on four occasions. Australia also plays Test matches against the various rugby-playing nations.

More than a dozen former Wallabies players have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.


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