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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Australia national rugby union team:
  • Add some photos in Wikipedia Commons
  • Change the titles of History
  • Need some more sources, citations (,,, and books...
  • Create article for all wallaby captains

For example, there is a lot of sources about 1971 South African tour of Australia...

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World Ranking[edit]

IRB World Rankings are ever changing. Every week, or every match cause an update of team ranking score. Is the article text auto updated after every weekend? Cobusdebeer 19:06, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

David Campese's stats[edit]

How can David Campese have 64 tries but only 315 points to his name? Which of these figures is wrong, sports fans? --Stormie 04:07, August 30, 2005 (UTC)

You can find a rundown of David Campese's figures at [1]. I think the confusion comes from the fact that if he had scored 63 tries for 315 it would work out even at 5 points a try. However you then have to add in 7 penalties, 8 conversions and 2 drop goals. So how can this be? Well History of rugby union holds a clue. Up until 1992 a try was worth 4 points. So we have (7 x 3) 21 points in penalties, (8 x 2) 16 points in conversions and (2 x 3) 6 points in drop goals: 43 points in goals, 272 points in tries. So through simultaneous equations we have 48 tries @ 4 points and 16 tries @ 5 points. Zarboki 07:36, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

Change the title back...[edit]

IMHO, the page title should be changed back to Australia national rugby union team for consistency's sake. The title of every other national rugby union team page has the country name, not its adjective form — except for All Blacks, which is universally recognized. — Dale Arnett 15:54, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Is not "Wallabies" also?--cj | talk 15:11, 6 December 2005 (UTC)
CJ, you do have a point. However, people who are searching for information on "Wallabies" may be just as likely to be interested in the animal as the team. There's far less ambiguity with "All Blacks". — Dale Arnett 02:36, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
Why would such a person search for Wallabies as opposed to Wallaby?toenail 02:19, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
Indeed. But then, our disambiguation measures can be quite effective.--cj | talk 03:02, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
I think wallabies should be a disambiguation page where you can choose between here and Wallaby (the animal)., - √αzzρεr 00:26, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
For once in my life, I definately agree with cj. Ask any Aussie or other rugby follower about the Australian team, they'll know the team as the wallabies'. √αʑʑρεɾ 03:04, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
The Aussies might do but is this usage worldwide? I know that the Wallabies are Australia but would somebody living in the Northern Hemisphere that didn't follow rugby union know that? I don't think so.GordyB 12:33, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
Silly point. Would someone living in the Northern Hemisphere that didn't follow rugby union know who the All Blacks are? No, they wouldn't. In the rugby union world, ask anyone and they'll know who the Wallabies are. The title should be changed back. Mitch119 03:47, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
I think there is a massive difference between worldwide recognition of All Blacks and Wallabies, not to say that the term Wallabies is not as well known as ABs in the respective domestic environment, but I would say your average non-rugby follower is more likely to identify the ABs term than the Wallabies. Cvene64 13:57, 8 July 2006 (UTC)
I think you'll find that 'All Black' is reasonably well known. Even my father-in-law who does not speak a word of English and doesn't like rugby has heard of the 'Toti negri'. Personally I'd still rather have the article at New Zealand national rugby union team but that's just my opinion. I don't see them problem, there is a redirect set up to catch anyone who types in 'The Wallabies'.GordyB 14:20, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Wallabies or Australian, either is good, but Australia sounds rather odd to me. Australian is used the article body which better reflects actual usage, IMO.

The name follows a standard naming format e.g. country name followed by 'national' followed by sport name followed by 'team'. Slightly odd but it means that you can easily remember or even guess the correct link e.g. Australia national rugby league team, Australia national football team etc.GordyB 22:27, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

'cept if you are Australian, in which case you'd guess Australian, as that's how we'd phrase it

Not a vandal[edit]

Please I am not a vandal and my edits were good faith. I would be willing to discuss the changes, but I thought they were a more accurate history. These are my following points.

About the removed point, the ratings of the RL tri-nations between Australia and New Zealand had a higher t.v. audience in NSW and QLD than the Wallabies Bledisloe. Socceroos have also emerged this year as undeniably very popular too. But if you think it should be removed than whatever. The RL tri-nations at the end of this year should however be a far better indicator about RL's popularity compared to Rugby Union tri-nations this year. I am not trying to make definitve commenting on which is actually more popular at this point, just that the Wallabies and the cricket team do not stand alone at the head of the heap in terms of representing Australia internationally. So whilst that comment was true enough in say 2003, the national sporting landscape has since changed.

The Rugby Union did not exist until 1870, so the players could not have been playing Union in 1839, but Rugby football in its more ancient form.

Dally Messenger was not poached, but heavily influenced by the than Australian cricket captain, who was at that point well payed, who made a forceful argument to him about players recieving some of the proceeds of the wealth they created. So it would be truer to comment that Messenger immediately signed up than that he was poached by an organisation he was fundamental to creating.

Rugby League did not poach Union players with money in 1908-1910, as tour money on a Rugby Union tour was worth more. They chose to play for social reasons etc. It should be noted that catholic schools took to the new sport straight away. It was a nationalistic wind that blew through creating the new professional League.

To explain the crapness and lack of dominance of the ARU until the eighties, it really does need to be remarked that the RU was for the most part played exclusively at a non shamateur level in private schools by forced exclusion of RL. That is why the Wallabies were so weak despite the fact that Australia really is the top Rugby nation.

Union players were not enticed by the money as has often been suggested but by the challenge in a harder Rugby competition that applied professional principles to its training. Ricky Stuart recently noted that he was bagged by David Campese when if he had of stayed in Union at that time he would have earned more money. It should be noted for the case of the above point that both Ricky and Wally Lewis were RL juniors who were forced to play RU by an exclusionary policy by private schools.

So therefore, I have reverted the additions but will remove that first line.


The thing I'd take issue with was the fact that soccer didn't become established as England's premier sport until after the 1950s. Firstly the North of England is not all of England - league had virtually no following outside Yorks, Lancs and Cumbria (soccer had its stronghold in Lancashire 6 out 12 founding clubs); secondly union had very little following other than internationals until very recently; thirdly even in the early part of 20th century league was fighting a losing battle against soccer - Manningham and Bradford became soccer clubs and the rugby tradition of Manchester and Liverpool largely died out.GordyB 13:26, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Do not dispute any of your points. However the article at that time was referring to mid to late 19th century at that point.

Different matter then I think cricket was king back then with rugby in second place.GordyB 14:02, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

14 or 11[edit]

This article states that 11 players from the team that played in the 1908 Olympics left for league, but other internet sites I see say 14. Ayone know which is the correct figure? Cvene64 16:20, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

The source is the ARU's official history [2].GordyB 20:29, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

Past players[edit]

What type of criteria is being used to determine who goes in this list? Is there any at all? If not, I think we should discuss what should constitute a players notability for inclusion. I don't really have any huge problems with it at all, I just think we should come up with some sort of set of guidelines..yeah?Narrasawa 10:12, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

When I started editing Wikipedia, there were only a few national team pages which were little more than stubs. I tried to bring them up to a reasonable standard as quickly as possible and give them a common layout. Hence the 'famous / notable players' sections were created by cannablising an existing list of famous players (List of footballers (Rugby Union)), I then added players that were in the IRB hall of fame. Since then other players have been added. The lists are not complete and tend to be biased towards the modern era.
There was a proposed criteria list on the Talk:All Blacks page which I am re-posting
Some suggestions for criteria, in order of importance:
  • Those with widespread international media coverage (ie Jonah)
  • Those in the International Rugby Hall of Fame
  • Those who have notable achievements outside of rugby (eg as an MP or in business)
  • Those awarded honours (MNZM or MBE, or if that includes too many players then ONZM or OBE)
  • Those who played in most tests over a long period (8 years?)
I would add involvement in a major incident or 50+ caps.GordyB 13:33, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
That sounds pretty good to me. Maybe we can write this up on the wikiproject or something for everyone else to view? Narrasawa 09:03, 19 October 2006 (UTC)


This page is pretty long now, and it could be a problem for people who have a slow connection. What do people think of splitting off a History article? Cvene64 21:10, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Inevitable at some point. Perhaps a very brief outline could be left and then put a link to the main history page.GordyB 22:38, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I think having the main link, with maybe three good paragraphs or so that give an overview. I tried the same thing on the England page, but it was an unsuccessful trial, and I merged it all back, as no one was editing the other article. Cvene64 08:38, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Notable tours[edit]

Anyone interested in starting some individual pages for all the notable Wallaby tours?Narrasawa 09:46, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Recent fixture, and Upcoming fixtures lists[edit]

Please contribute to the discussion about this at the WikiProject Rugby union talk page here. - Shudda talk 22:13, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

New Millennium section of history[edit]

Why no mention of the big money deals to lure high profile rugby league players to the wallabies? I think it's certainly worthy of a mention in the New Millennium section of the wallabies' history. - —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jeff79 (talkcontribs).

It probably is worth a mention. You may want to add something? - Shudda talk 22:04, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

More images[edit]

There is a lack of photos in Wikipedia Commons... So if you're an australian contributor or if you see some Super 14 match or Wallabies match, please take some photos and the rights to put them in Commons to better Autralian footballer articles and Australia national rugby union team's article... thanks a lot and good work... Many pleasure... Ddfree 07:10, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Entente Cordiale[edit]

Nobody wants (or is able) to better this article in order to make a featured aricle... I hope that fr:Équipe d'Australie de rugby à XV will be a featured article before the beginning of rugby world cup... and it should be easier if the english article is better... And it is easier to better english article with the help of french model... Et l'amitié franco-australienne a de beaux jours encore devant elle... Dd Ddfree 10:17, 12 May 2007 (UTC)



I've read different versions of how the Aussies were originally called the Rabbits. Some seem to think that the name was given by the British press and the Aussies disliked it so much that they came up with Wallabies to replace it. Another version is that the Aussies called themselves Rabbits before switching to Wallabies.

The version in the history is Aussie origin whereas under Wallabies it says British origin. I tend to believe the former myself. Anybody got an authoritative answer?GordyB 00:21, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

The first version says it is conjecture whether it was the Aussies or the press and the second says it was the press. I'm tempted to go down the conjecture line since sources differ.GordyB 19:09, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Yes, that is Australian Rugby Union source... Ddfree 20:58, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Australia national rugby union team (version française)[edit]

Can't read a word of French but I can see the gist of it and it certainly looks like an excellent article. possibly we could borrow some information from our cousins at French wikipedia?

Wallabies jersey[edit]

I was wondering if anyone could get a photo of a wallabies jersey. For example like this or this. It's not vital to the article but would be a good addition to the strip section. - Shudde talk 01:08, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

RWC squad[edit]

does someone want to update the RWC 2007 squad, i attempted to but made a mess of it,so if someone else could kindly update it.

RWC 2007[edit]

Very funny though it is, I don't think beating Australia 3 times in a row entitles England to keep them! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:19, 10 October 2007 (UTC)


Given the 1899 international between The Lions and Australia was played two years before Federation should the Australian national flag really be used as representatin of the Australian team. Protocol seems to indicate we use the flag representative of the team at that time. The only problem is choosing which flag (possibly the Union Jack or the NSW flag as the Australian team for that match were entirely NSWmen. Certainly the Australian flag shouldnt be used as it didnt exist at that point. 02:50, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Succession box discussion[edit]

A discussion has been started about the breadth and formatting of succession boxes for national rugby union teams at WikiProject Rugby union. Please see the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Rugby union#Succession boxes. - Shudde talk 22:34, 28 December 2007 (UTC)


Change jersey should be removed. The Wallabies do not have a change jersey (as no other nation that they play wears yellow/gold). (talk) 22:50, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Done -Sticks66 13:40, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Post War section[edit]

First paragraph regarding the 47/48 tour states that "with England and Wales being held scoreless". Wales actually won the test match 6-0 in 1947 with two penalty kicks (by W.E. Tamplin) according to Pollard's "Australian Rugby: The game and it's players". —Preceding unsigned comment added by RandwickFan (talkcontribs) 11:32, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Yes. Fixed now -[[User:Sticks66|Sticks66 13:58, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

7 Drummoyne Players in 1927-28 Waratahs[edit]

Who were the seven players from Drummoyne ? If you know can you go here and insert ? If it's tru they must be the players whose clubdesriptor is blank. -Sticks66 13:58, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Someone's fixed it, but for reference the Glebe-Balmain club changed it's name to Drummoyne when it moved to the suburb in 1930. Hence the players marked as Glebe-Balmain could be said to have been from the Drummoyne club. --RandwickFan (talk) 08:40, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
Do you mean someone has corrected the assertion that 7 x Drummoyne players were picked ? Doesn't look like it. The squad listing looks complete now but Drummoyne doesn't rate a mention. Not sure I agree with the Glebe-Balmain name change basis for the Drummoyne assertion. -Sticks66 03:08, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
So I've deleted the assertion of the basis that it isn't true. Even if one allows for the Glebe/Balmain link; Syd Uni, Wests and Randwcik all had more reps that Glebe/Balmain so the point is lost. -03:16, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

List of Wallaby captains[edit]

I was wondering if the list of wallaby captains is arranged in cronological order? I think that if the list isn't arragned like that currently, that it should be changed. De Mattia (talk) 09:07, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Minimum age[edit]

What's the minimum age (or legal age) for playing in the australian rugby union national team? (talk) 22:15, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


How much do australian rugby union players get paid? How much money earn this players in the national team or Super14? (talk) 10:18, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

List with all results[edit]

Is there a list who contains all game results since 1899? (talk) 18:30, 1 October 2009 (UTC)


They're nicknamed the Wallabies, not the Qantas Wallabies. A company can sponsor a team, but nicknames are something which occur naturally over time and are unofficial. If most people call them the Wallabies (which they do), then that's their nickname.-- (talk) 11:26, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Move discussion in progress[edit]

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Current World Cup Squad[edit]

The list has only got 29 names; Rob Simmons is missing.BFhybrid (talk) 11:41, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

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Wally (Wallabies mascot)[edit]

Can someone please try link to this orphaned article or if it doesn't merit an article take it to AfD? Gbawden (talk) 11:26, 5 August 2014 (UTC)