2008 Australia rugby union tour

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2008 Australia tour in Hong Kong and Europe
Manager: Robbie Deans
Type P W D L
Total: 6 4 0 2
Test match: 5 3 0 2
Opp. P W D L
 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
 Italy 1 1 0 0
 England 1 1 0 0
 France 1 1 0 0
 Wales 1 0 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 2008 Australia rugby union tour of Hong Kong and Europe was a series of seven matches played by the Australia national rugby union team in November–December 2008. The tour was preceded by a match against All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup and closed with a match against Barbarian FC

Matches[edit]

Bledisloe Cup Match[edit]

A First match was played in Hong Kong against New Zealand. It was the fourth match between the two teams. Winning the match, the All Blaks, tied the series (2–2) valid also for Bledisloe Cup maintaining the title.

1 November 2008
New Zealand  19–14  Australia
Try: Svivivatu 41'
Mc Caw 82'
Pen: Carter 12' 23' 31'
report Try: Mitchell 8'
Mitchell 25'
Con: Giteau 8' e 25'
So Kon Po, Hong Kong
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
New Zealand Australia
Substituted off Isaia Toeava FB 15 FB Adam Ashley-Cooper
Hosea Gear W 14 W Peter Hynes
Conrad Smith C 13 C Ryan Cross Substituted off
Dan Carter C 12 C Stirling Mortlock (capt.)
Sitiveni Sivivatu W 11 W Drew Mitchell
Substituted off Stephen Donald FH 10 FH Matt Giteau
Substituted off Jimmy Cowan SH 9 SH Luke Burgess
Rodney So'oialo N8 8 N8 Richard Brown
(capt.) Richie McCaw F 7 F George Smith Substituted off
Substituted off Jerome Kaino F 6 F Dean Mumm
Ali Williams L 5 L Nathan Sharpe Substituted off
Substituted off Brad Thorn L 4 L Mark Chisholm
Substituted off Neemia Tialata P 3 P Al Baxter Substituted off
Substituted off Andrew Hore H 2 H Stephen Moore
Tony Woodcock P 1 P Benn Robinson
Replacements
Substituted in Keven Mealamu H 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
Substituted in Greg Somerville P 17 P Matt Dunning Substituted in
Substituted in Anthony Boric L 18 L Phil Waugh Substituted in
Substituted in Adam Thomson N8 19 F David Pocock Substituted in
Substituted in Piri Weepu SH 20 Sam Cordingley
Substituted in Ma'a Nonu FH 21 C Berrick Barnes Substituted in
Substituted in Cory Jane FB 22 Lachie Turner
Coaches
New Zealand Graham Henry Robbie Deans New Zealand

In Italy[edit]

Against Italy, the Wallabies suffer the strong play of Italian forwards and the strong defence of "azzurri", winning the match also in the last 20 minutes, thanks a try of Quade Cooper.

8 November 2008
Italy  20–30  Australia
Try: Mi. Bergamasco 29'
Pen: Marcato 6' 11' Orquera 52' 59'
report Try: Turner 7' Cooper 71'
Con: Giteau 72'
Pen: Mortlock 2' Giteau 17' 38' 47' 50' 78'
Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Italy Australia
Andrea Masi FB 15 FB Adam Ashley-Cooper
Kaine Robertson W 14 W Lachie Turner
Gonzalo Canale C 13 C Stirling Mortlock (capt.)
Gonzalo Garcia C 12 C Timana Tahu Substituted off 62'
Mirco Bergamasco W 11 W Digby Ioane
45' Substituted off Andrea Marcato FH 10 FH Berrick Barnes Substituted off 13'
61' Substituted off Pablo Canavosio SH 9 SH Luke Burgess
(capt.) Sergio Parisse N8 8 N8 Richard Brown
Mauro Bergamasco F 7 F Phil Waugh
73' Substituted off Josh Sole F 6 F Dean Mumm
Marco Bortolami L 5 L Hugh McMeniman Substituted off 73'
Carlo Antonio del Fava L 4 L Mark Chisholm
Carlos Nieto P 3 P Matt Dunning
50' Substituted off Leonardo Ghiraldini H 2 H Stephen Moore
50' Substituted off Salvatore Perugini P 1 P Ben Alexander Substituted off 73'
Replacements
50' Substituted in Fabio Ongaro H 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
50' Substituted in Matias Aguero P 17 P Sekope Kepu Substituted in 43'
Tommaso Reato 18 L Wycliff Palu Substituted in 73'
73' Substituted in Alessandro Zanni F 19 David Pocock
61' Substituted in Giulio Toniolatti SH 20 FH Matt Giteau Substituted in 13'
45' Substituted in Luciano Orquera FH 21 C Quade Cooper Substituted in 62'
Matteo Pratichetti 22 James O'Connor
Coaches
South Africa Nick Mallett Robbie Deans New Zealand

Against England[edit]

England offer a strong opposition ib the first half, especially when between 35 and 39th minute, score a try with Nick Easter and a penalty with Danny Cipriani, but Aussies waere always ahede thanks the kicks of Giteau and Martlock, until a try of Adam Ashley-Cooper closed the match.

15 November 2008
England  14–28  Australia
Try: Easter 35'
Pen: Cipriani 39' 50'
Drop: Armitage 21'
report Try: Aslhey-Cooper 68'
Con: Giteau 69'
Pen: Giteau 2' 6' 27' 31' 53' 58'
Mortlock 64'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 81,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
England Australia
Delon Armitage FB 15 FB Adam Ashley-Cooper
Paul Sackey W 14 W Peter Hynes
Jamie Noon C 13 C Ryan Cross
Riki Flutey C 12 C Stirling Mortlock (capt.)
Ugo Monye W 11 W Drew Mitchell
Substituted off 71' Danny Cipriani FH 10 FH Matt Giteau
Substituted off 66' Danny Care SH 9 SH Luke Burgess
Substituted off 59' Nick Easter N8 8 N8 Richard Brown Substituted off 45'
Substituted off 64' Tom Rees F 7 F George Smith
Tom Croft F 6 F Hugh McMeniman Substituted off 80'
Substituted off 64' Tom Palmer L 5 L Nathan Sharpe
(capt.) Steve Borthwick L 4 L Mark Chisholm Substituted off 65'
Substituted off 54' Substituted in 66' Phil Vickery P 3 P Al Baxter
Substituted off 70' Lee Mears H 2 H Stephen Moore
Sent to blood bin 34' to 42' 66' Substituted off Andrew Sheridan P 1 P Benn Robinson
Replacements
Substituted in 70' Dylan Hartley H 16 F Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 80'
Substituted inSubstituted off32–42' Substituted in 54' Matt Stevens P 17 Matt Dunning
Substituted in 64' Simon Shaw L 18 L Dean Mumm Substituted in 65'
Substituted in 59' James Haskell N8 19 N8 Wycliff Palu Substituted in 45'
Substituted in 64' Michael Lipman F 20 Sam Cordingley
Substituted in 66' Harry Ellis SH 21 Quade Cooper
Substituted in 71' Toby Flood FH 22 Digby Ioane
Coaches
England Brian Ashton Robbie Deans New Zealand

Against France[edit]

As in the two previous matches, Wallabies obtain victory thanks a better second half. The try of Peter Hynes and a kick after France reached the 13–13 in the beginning of second Half. On French Sie, Skrela missed five kicks.

15 November 2008
England  14–28  Australia
Try: Penalty try 39'
Con: Skrela 40'
Pen: Skrela 48'
Drop: Medard 51'
report Try: Moore 31' Hynes 57'
Con: Giteau 32'
Pen: Giteau 28' 74'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
England Australia
Maxime Medard FB 15 FB Drew Mitchell
Julien Malzieu W 14 W Peter Hynes
Substituted off 78' Yannick Jauzion C 13 C Adam Ashley-Cooper Substituted in 75'
Substituted off 35' Benoit Baby C 12 C Stirling Mortlock (capt.)
Cedric Heymans W 11 W Digby Ioane
Temporarily suspended from 75' to 80' 75' to 80' David Skrela FH 10 FH Matt Giteau
Substituted off 77' Sebastien Tillous-Borde SH 9 SH Luke Burgess Substituted off 64'
Imanol Harinordoquy N8 8 N8 Wycliff Palu Substituted off 59'
Fulgence Ouedraogo F 7 F George Smith
Substituted off 69' Thierry Dusautoir F 6 F Dean Mumm
Substituted off 42' (capt.) Lionel Nallet L 5 L Nathan Sharpe
Sebastien Chabal L 4 L Hugh McMeniman
Substituted off 58' Nicolas Mas P 3 P Al Baxter
Substituted off 56' Dimitri Szarzewski H 2 H Stephen Moore
Lionel Faure P 1 P Ben Alexander Substituted off 64'
Replacements
Substituted in 58' Benoit Lecouls P 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
Substituted in 56' Benjamin Kayser H 17 P Sekope Kepu Substituted in 64'
Substituted in 42' Romain Millo-Chluski L 18 N8 Mark Chisholm Substituted in 59'
Substituted in 69' Louis Picamoles F 19 David Pocock
Substituted in 77' Julien Tomas SH 20 SH Sam Cordingley Substituted in 64'
Substituted in 35' Damien Traille C 21 C Quade Cooper Substituted in 75'
Substituted in 78' Alexis Palisson W 22 Lote Tuqiri
Coaches
France Marc Lièvremont Robbie Deans New Zealand

Losing with Wales[edit]

29 November 2008
Wales  21–18  Australia
Try: S. Williams 3', Byrne 30'
Con: S. Jones 31
Pen: S. Jones 28', 78'
Drop: S. Jones 67'
report Try: Chisolm 13', Ioane 80'
Con: Gietau 14'
Pen: Gietau 46'
Drop: Giteau 24'
Millennium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Wales Australia
Lee Byrne FB 15 FB Drew Mitchell
Mark Jones W 14 W Peter Hynes Substituted off 33'
Tom Shanklin C 13 C Ryan Cross
Substituted off 17' Jamie Roberts C 12 C Stirling Mortlock (capt.) Substituted off 2'
Shane Williams W 11 W Digby Ioane
Stephen Jones FH 10 FH Matt Giteau
Gareth Cooper SH 9 SH Luke Burgess
Substituted off 61' Andy Powell N8 8 N8 Richard Brown
Martyn Williams F 7 F Phil Waugh Substituted off 62'
(capt.) Ryan Jones F 6 F Hugh McMeniman Substituted off 69'
Alun-Wyn Jones L 5 L Nathan Sharpe
Ian Gough L 4 L Mark Chisholm
Adam R. Jones P 3 P Al Baxter
Matthew Rees H 2 H Stephen Moore Temporarily suspended from 27' to 37' 27' to 37' Substituted off 69'
Gethin Jenkins P 1 P Benn Robinson
Replacements
Richard Hibbard 16 H Adam Freier Substituted in 69'
John Yapp 17 Matt Dunning
Luke Charteris 18 F Dean Mumm Substituted in 69'
Substituted in 61' Dafydd Jones N8 19 F George Smith Substituted in 62'
Martin Roberts 20 Sam Cordingley
James Hook 21 C Quade Cooper Substituted in 2'
Substituted in 17' Andrew Bishop C 22 W Lote Tuqiri Substituted in 33'
Coaches
New Zealand Warren Gatland Robbie Deans New Zealand

Final match with Barbarians[edit]

Australia was approached by the British Olympic Association to play the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium on 3 December 2008. The match formed part of the BOA's programme of events to celebrate the centenary of the first London Olympic Games where Australia defeated a Great Britain (Cornwall) side in the final 32 – 3. In 1908 France were the defending Olympic champions, but when they withdrew from the event, leaving just Australia and Great Britain to contest the gold medal, it was then County champions Cornwall who took to the field to represent the host nation. Cornwall had already been defeated in Australia's earlier 31-match tour. Cornwall's 1908 contribution was also further recognised by the presentation of the Cornwall Cup to the winning captain at Wembley, with the players of the respective sides receiving gold or silver commemorative medals. The game was the first rugby union fixture to take place in the new Wembley Stadium, the old stadium having been last used for Wales' last gasp 32–31 victory over England in the then Five Nations in 1999.

3 December 2008
Barbarians 11–18 Australia XV
Try: Collins 61
Pen: Montgomery 34' 38'
report Try: Tuqiri 12' Turner 77'
Con: O' Connor 13'
Pen: O' Connoer 19' 22'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 44,000
Referee: Chris White
Barbarians Australia XV
Substituted off 40' Percy Montgomery FB 15 FB James O'Connor Substituted off 64'
Joe Rokocoko W 14 W Lote Tuqiri
Substituted off 50' Rico Gear C 13 C Ryan Cross Substituted off 57'
Jean de Villiers C 12 C Adam Ashley-Cooper
Bryan Habana W 11 W Digby Ioane
Frans Steyn FH 10 FH Quade Cooper
Substituted off 59' Fourie du Preez SH 9 SH Brett Sheehan Substituted off 50'
Schalk Burger N8 8 N8 Richard Brown Substituted off 46'
Richie McCaw F 7 F George Smith
Jerry Collins F 6 F Dean Mumm
Substituted off 50' Johann Muller L 5 L Hugh McMeniman
Bakkies Botha L 4 L Mark Chisholm
Substituted off 51' Census Johnston P 3 P Matt Dunning Substituted off 46'
John Smit H 2 H Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted off 46'
Substituted off 32' Federico Pucciariello P 1 P Sekope Kepu
Replacements
Substituted in 59' Mark Regan R 16 R Adam Freier Substituted in 46'
Substituted in 32' Rodney Blake R 17 R Ben Alexander Substituted in 46'
Substituted in 50' Chris Jack R 18 Peter Kimlin
Substituted in 51' Nick Köster R 19 R David Pocock Substituted in 46'
Substituted in 59' George Gregan R 20 R Luke Burgess Substituted in 50'
Substituted in 50' Ollie Smith R 21 R Lachie Turner Substituted in 57'
Substituted in 40' Shane Williams R 22 R Drew Mitchell Substituted in 64'
Coaches
Robbie Deans New Zealand