Australia A is a national representative rugby union team of Australian rugby union. They are a second-tier team to the national side, the Wallabies. Australia 'A' matches are usually used as a stepping-stone up to Wallaby selection. The team often plays at smaller venues than the Wallabies, and fringe Wallaby players usually have a chance to impress selectors during these games. The team will often feature in games in tours such as when the British and Irish Lions come to Australia.
Australia was originally invited to take part in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup but decided against sending a team, stating a need to focus on domestic competition. However, Australia hosted two games in the inaugural 2006 tournament. Australia A played two matches against Fiji after the 2006 tournament, and then joined the competition in 2007.