Australia A national rugby union team

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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.

IRB Pacific Nations Cup[edit]

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.[1][2]

In the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup, Australia A played 5 matches for 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. The tournament was won by the Junior All Blacks.

In the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup, Australia A played 5 matches for 4 wins and 1 loss. The tournament was won by New Zealand Māori. At the end of the 2008, however, the Australian Rugby Union decided to scrap the Australia A team, citing financial constraints. Australia withdrew from the 2009 tournament.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Australia A' to play Fiji in Adelaide and Melbourne". rugby.com.au. 9 June 2006. Archived from the original on 1 Jul 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Australia A to join Pacific Cup". BBC. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006. 
  3. ^ Swanton, Will (December 22, 2008). "Financial crisis forces sacrifice of Australia A". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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