Wallabies

Giant Wallaby Coleman set for London Irish home debut

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney has named his team to play and 6 foot 8 inch, 122kg lock Coleman will make his first Premiership start in front of a home crowd at the Madejski Stadium.

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Saia Fainga’a and Ollie Hoskins make up the front row with Ruan Botha and Adam Coleman in the second row. Steve Mafi and Blair Cowan are the flankers, with Cowan captaining the side. Albert Tuisue continues at number 8.

Wallabies to face France in 2020

Australia's clash with the French will be the second in their 2020 Spring Tour, on November 14, one of three matches already confirmed for the trip.

The Aussies last played France on a 2016 Grand Slam tour, with the Wallabies eking out a narrow win over the hosts in that clash.

Australia will open their Spring Tour against Ireland in Dublin before this Paris clash, with a Twicken

No match has been announced for the November 21 weekend but Wales would appear a potential opponent as the only home nation yet to announce their end-of-year schedule

Dave Rennie burning midnight oil to build Wallabies vision

Currently the boss of Scottish club Glasgow Warriors, Rennie has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal as Australia's new head coach and will join the Wallabies at the end of the current UK season.

"I've got a bit of work to do from an Australian perspective," said Rennie, who was appointed in the wake of Michael Chieka's departure following the Wallabies' World Cup quarter-final exit.

"We're sorting out staff, not just coaches but the whole staffing group, and it's an extensive review.

Wallabies youngster Jack Maddocks puts international ambitions on hold in pursuit of Olympic gold

The 22-year-old’s stint with the Sevens program is set to be extended through the first half of 2020 with Maddocks looking to lock down a place for the Tokyo Games.

He helped the men’s team book an Olympics berth through a qualification tournament in Fiji earlier this month after being “seconded” into the squad.

If Maddocks makes the team for the Olympics, which runs from July 24 to August 9, he will be unavailable for the two-test Ireland series in June as well as the opening Bledisloe Cup match in Melbourne on August 8.

Samu Kerevi addresses outrage at Fiji switch reports

The 26-year-old said that he has moved from the Reds to Japanese outfit Suntory Sungoliath after his manager said that it will help him qualify for Fiji for the RWC in France. With only 33 caps to his name, Kerevi is now unable to represent Australia under the Giteau Law, which requires overseas players to have over 60 caps.

This has received the level of outrage that would be expected, with accusations of disloyalty being thrown at Kerevi. However, he has since responded, sharing a statement on Instagram, where he says his comments were taken out of context.

Cheika wants an Aussie to be his Wallabies successor

Australia were dumped out of the Rugby World Cup in a 40-16 quarter-final defeat to England on Saturday.

Cheika brought his five-year stint in charge, which included a run to the World Cup final in 2015, to an end after the defeat.

New Zealand coaches Jamie Joseph and Dave Rennie have been linked with the post but, when touching down after flying back from Japan, Cheika told reporters Rugby Australia should look at home for their next appointment.

"I think definitely we should be pushing for an Australian coach," he said. 

Quade Cooper fires not so subtle parting shot at Michael Cheika

"If he actually cared about Aus rugby he would have done it a while ago," Cooper wrote on Twitter.

The 31-year-old first-five hasn't played for the Wallabies since 2017.

He was included in the preliminary squad six months out from the World Cup in Japan, but didn't make the final 31-man party.

     

Lote Tuqiri highlights what he reckons is the key to beating England

The winger, who scored the opening try of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, has also predicted on Twitter that the Wallabies will win by six points.

This is a bold prediction from Tuqiri seeing as the Wallabies have lost all six matches against Eddie Jones’ England, and last beat them at the 2015 RWC.

Then again, the two-time world champions showed that they have a world class performance in them against the All Blacks earlier this year, with their record 47-26 win against them in Perth.

Christian Lealiifano not certain he can manage three games in a row

Cancer survivor Lealiifano said it’s “hard to say” if he is ready for that sort of load after having been carefully managed through the pool phase of the tournament.

Coach Michael Cheika this week indicated the 32-year-old had the inside running to take the problematic playmaking role in Saturday’s quarter-final against England in Oita.

Cheika indicated Lealiifano hadn’t played there more because of the need to cater for his wellbeing.

Lealiifano looking likely to be the Wallabies' No.10 against England

Cheika has been criticised for failing to select the same player in the No.10 in successive matches since Lealiifano started both Bledisloe Cup Tests in August.

The position has taken on an experimental feel in Japan, with Bernard Foley handed a start against Wales and Matt To'omua against Georgia.

Lealiifano started the first and third games, against Fiji and Uruguay, and while not entirely convincing, he appears set to run the show against England on Saturday.