Australia A national rugby union team

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Australia A
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Union Australian Rugby Union
Emblem(s) the Wallaby
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Australia A plays Japan in the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup at Level-5 Stadium in Fukuoka

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. Aspiring 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.

For the 2010 England tour to Australia, 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 second national team and was, as such, essentially Australia A by another name. The team also played a pre-World Cup friendly against Canada in 2011.[2]

In 2015 the Australian Barbarians club selected a side from National Rugby Championship players not contracted by professional clubs to play two matches against the New Zealand Heartland XV representative team,[3] but this was not the second national side.

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Results[edit]

Date Tournament Location Venue Opponent Result Score
June 5, 2003 Tokyo Chichibunomiya Rugby 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 Pre-RWC international trial Gold Coast Skilled Park  Canada XV Win 38-14
November 10, 2015 2015 tour to New Zealand* Levin Levin Domain Heartland XV Win 38-32
November 10, 2015 2015 tour to New Zealand* Wanganui Cooks Gardens Heartland XV Win 40-24

Note:

  • The 2015 tour to New Zealand by the Australian Barbarians Club was selected only from NRC players not contracted to professional Super Rugby teams. As such it was not the second national side.

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. ^ "Australian Barbarians". Australian Rugby. 2015. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "'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. 
  5. ^ "Australia A to join Pacific Cup". BBC. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006. 
  6. ^ Swanton, Will (December 22, 2008). "Financial crisis forces sacrifice of Australia A". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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