Australia A national rugby union team

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Australia A is a national representative rugby union football team of Australian rugby union. The last match played under the 'Australia A' name was in 2008, but the team was previously the second national side behind the Wallabies. Australia 'A' matches were used as a stepping-stone up to Wallaby selection, with the team playing at smaller venues than the Wallabies. Fringe Wallaby players were given a chance to impress selectors during these games. In the past, the team would also play touring sides, such as the British and Irish Lions, when they visited Australia.

In 2010, the ARU arranged for an Australian Barbarians team to play two matches against the visiting England national team.[1] The Australian Barbarians side was nominated as the national second-tier team and was, as such, essentially Australia A by another name. The team also played against Canada in 2011 but has not played any international matches since then.[2]

Australia A plays Japan in the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup at Level-5 Stadium in Fukuoka

Pacific Nations Cup: 2006–08[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.[3][4]

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

In the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup, Australia A played 5 matches for 4 wins and 1 loss. The team finished second in the tournament 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.[5]

Results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score
June 5, 2003
Tokyo
Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
 Japan WIN
66-15
June 5, 2003
Osaka
Nagai Stadium
 Japan WIN
63-5
November 17, 2004
2004 Spring Tour
Paris
Stade Jean Bouin
 French Barbarians WIN
45-15
July 14, 2006
Adelaide
Adelaide Oval
 Fiji WIN
47-18
July 22, 2006
Melbourne
Olympic Park
 Fiji WIN
80-9
November 1, 2006
2006 Spring Tour
Swansea
Liberty Stadium
WalesOspreys Loss
16-24
November 15, 2006
2006 Spring Tour
Limerick
Thomond Park
Ireland Ireland Wolfhounds WIN
24-17
November 21, 2006
2006 Spring Tour
Perth, Scotland
McDiarmid Park
 Scotland A WIN
44-20
25 May, 2007
Pacific Nations Cup
Sydney
Aussie Stadium
 Tonga WIN
60-15
2 June, 2007
Pacific Nations Cup
Coffs Harbour
BCU International Stadium
 Samoa WIN
27-15
9 June, 2007
Pacific Nations Cup
Townsville
Dairy Farmers Stadium
 Japan WIN
71-10
16 June, 2007
Pacific Nations Cup
Dunedin
Carisbrook
New Zealand Junior All Blacks Loss
0-50
23 June, 2007
Pacific Nations Cup
Suva
ANZ National Stadium
 Fiji Draw
14-14
8 June, 2008
Pacific Nations Cup
Fukuoka
Level-5 Stadium
 Japan WIN
42-21
14 June, 2008
Pacific Nations Cup
Samoa
Apia Park
 Samoa WIN
20-15
22 June, 2008
Pacific Nations Cup
Sydney
North Sydney Oval
 Tonga WIN
90-7
29 June, 2008
Pacific Nations Cup
Brisbane
Ballymore Stadium
 Fiji WIN
50-13
5 July, 2008
Pacific Nations Cup
Brisbane
Ballymore Stadium
 Māori Loss
18-21

Australian Barbarians[edit]

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score
June 8, 2010
England tour of Australasia
Perth, Australia
Subiaco Oval
 England XV Draw
28-28
June 19, 2010
England tour of Australasia
Gosford
Central Coast Stadium
 England XV Loss
9-15
August 26, 2011
World Cup warm-up
Gold Coast
Skilled Park
 Canada XV WIN
38-14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England to play Australian Barbarians". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wallabies power Barbarians' victory". 26 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "'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. 
  4. ^ "Australia A to join Pacific Cup". BBC. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006. 
  5. ^ Swanton, Will (December 22, 2008). "Financial crisis forces sacrifice of Australia A". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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