Australia women's national rugby union team

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Australia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Wallaroos
EmblemWallaroo
UnionRugby Australia
Head coachJay Tregonning
CaptainShannon Parry
First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current5 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest3 (January 2004)
Lowest7 (January 2009)
First international
 Australia 0–37 New Zealand 
(Sydney, Australia 2 September 1994)
Biggest win
 Australia 87–0 Samoa 
(Samoa, 8 August 2009)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 64–0 Australia 
(Auckland, New Zealand 22 July 1995)
World Cup
Appearances6 (First in 1998)
Best result3rd place, 2010

The Australia women's national rugby union team, also known as the Wallaroos, has competed at all Women's Rugby World Cups since 1998, with their best result finishing in third place in 2010.

Australian women have been playing rugby since the late 1930s, in regional areas of New South Wales. In 1992 the first National Women's Tournament as held in Newcastle, NSW. The following year the Australian Women's Rugby Union was established, and it was declared that the national women's team would be called the Wallaroos.

History[edit]

The Wallaroos played their first international in 1994 against New Zealand, also known as the Black Ferns. The match was played at North Sydney Oval, and NZ won the game 37 to 0. The team placed fifth at their first World Cup appearance in 1998 in the Netherlands. They placed fifth at the 2002 event in Barcelona, Spain also.

In 2014, The Wallaroos played two Test matches in New Zealand against their Tasman rivals, the Black Ferns, and North American outfit, Canada. Although losing both of these matches, the Wallaroos took this experience into the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup. The Australian team was second in the pool stage behind host team France and was narrowly defeated by the United States in the first playoff, but beat Wales in their last match to finish the tournament in seventh place.

Records[edit]

Top 20 rankings as of 18 April 2022[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  England 096.26
2 Steady  New Zealand 088.58
3 Steady  France 088.43
4 Steady  Canada 088.15
5 Steady  Australia 078.68
6 Steady  United States 076.63
7 Increase1  Ireland 076.00
8 Decrease1  Italy 075.12
9 Steady  Wales 073.63
10 Steady  Scotland 072.72
11 Steady  Spain 072.10
12 Steady  Japan 065.49
13 Steady  South Africa 063.39
14 Steady  Russia 061.10
15 Steady  Samoa 059.72
16 Steady  Kazakhstan 058.45
17 Steady  Netherlands 058.27
18 Steady  Hong Kong 057.89
19 Steady  Sweden 057.73
20 Steady  Germany 057.72
*Change from the previous week

World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L PF PA
Wales 1991 Did Not Enter
Scotland 1994
Netherlands 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 0 2 84 70
Spain 2002 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 63 54
Canada 2006 Plate semi-final 7th 5 2 0 3 118 85
England 2010 Third play-off Bronze medal icon.svg 5 3 0 2 115 67
France 2014 Plate semi-final 7th 5 3 0 2 104 49
Ireland 2017 Fifth play-off 6th 5 2 0 3 94 149
New Zealand 2021 Qualified
Total 6/9 3rd 29 15 0 14 578 474

Overall[edit]

(Full internationals only)

Summary of matches, updated to 10 May 2022:

Opposition First P W D L %
 Canada 2014 3 0 0 30%
 England 1998 5 0 0 50%
 Fiji 2022 1 1 0 1100%
 France 1998 5 1 0 420%
 Ireland 1998 4 3 0 175%
 Japan 2017 4 3 0 175%
 New Zealand 1994 19 0 0 190%
 Samoa 2009 1 1 0 0100%
 Scotland 1998 2 2 0 0100%
 South Africa 2006 3 3 0 0100%
 Spain 1998 1 1 0 0100%
 United States 1997 5 1 0 420%
 Wales 2002 4 4 0 0100%
Summary 1994 5719 0 3833%

Players[edit]

Recent squad[edit]

Wallaroos squad for the 2022 Pacific Four Series:[2]

Player Club Caps
Iliseva Batibasaga NSW Waratahs 17
Emily Chancellor NSW Waratahs 8
Bree-Anna Cheatham Queensland Reds new cap
Annabelle Codey Queensland Reds new cap
Lori Cramer NSW Waratahs 6
Piper Duck NSW Waratahs 2
Georgie Friedrichs NSW Waratahs 2
Grace Hamilton NSW Waratahs 17
Tamika Jones Western Force new cap
Asoiva Karpani NSW Waratahs 4
Grace Kemp Brumbies new cap
Kaitlan Leaney NSW Waratahs 2
Michaela Leonard Brumbies 5
Ashley Marsters Melbourne Rebels 12
Lillyann Mason-Spice Brumbies new cap
Jemima McCalman Brumbies 2
Arabella McKenzie NSW Waratahs 6
Tiarna Molloy Queensland Reds new cap
Layne Morgan NSW Waratahs 2
Mahalia Murphy NSW Waratahs 13
Sera Naiqama NSW Waratahs 2
Bridie O'Gorman NSW Waratahs 2
Siokapesi Palu Brumbies new cap
Shannon Parry Queensland Reds 14
Liz Patu Queensland Reds 25
Pauline Piliae-Rasabale NSW Waratahs 2
Trilleen Pomare Western Force 13
Madison Schuck Queensland Reds 2
Cecilia Smith Queensland Reds new cap
Adiana Talakai NSW Waratahs 2
Melanie Wilks Queensland Reds new cap
Ivania Wong Queensland Reds 2

Previous squads[edit]

Captains[edit]

Captain Years
Shannon Parry 2022 [5]
Grace Hamilton 2019 [6]
Liz Patu 2018 [7]
Sharni Williams 2017
Shannon Parry 2017
Ash Hewson 2016
Dalena Dennison 2014
Tui Ormsby 2014
Chris Ross 2010
Cheryl Soon 2006–2010
Selena Worsley 2002
Louise Ferris 2001
Nicole Wickert 1998–2000
Helen Taylor 1994-1995

Notable players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coach Years
Jay Tregonning 2021–Present [10]
Dwayne Nestor 2018–2021 [11]
Paul Verrell 2013–2017 [12]
No appointment Oct 2010–Aug 2013
John Manenti 2009–2010
Steve Hamson 2005–2008
No appointment Jul 2002–Jun 2005
Don Parry c. 2000–2002 [13]
No appointment Sep 1998–c. Dec 2000
Bob Hitchcock 1995–1998 [14][15]
Col Spence 1994 [16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  2. ^ Williamson, Nathan (19 May 2022). "Wallaroos announce squad for Pacific Four". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Wednesday's Rugby News". 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2016/10/25/00/00/wallaroos-black-ferns-albany-team-announcement
  5. ^ Payten, Iain (5 May 2022). "Eleven new faces in Wallaroos team as frantic World Cup race begins". The Age. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022.
  6. ^ Robinson, Georgina (21 June 2019). "Amazing Grace: New Wallaroos captain's rapid rise to the top". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ Tiernan, Eamonn (13 August 2018). "Kiwi-born Liz Patu named new Wallaroos skipper". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Cheryl McAfee - World Rugby - Hall of Fame". www.world.rugby. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  9. ^ Williamson, Nathan (27 October 2021). "Wallaroos and Sevens legend Cheryl McAfee inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  10. ^ Williamson, Nathan (14 September 2021). "Jay Tregonning appointed Wallaroos coach". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 September 2021.
  11. ^ Decent, Tom (13 February 2018). "New Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor says hosting 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup would be a 'fairytale'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Team Profile: Australia". Irish Rugby. 26 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Women's Rugby World Cup: Pool A". International Rugby Board. 2002. Archived from the original on 5 August 2002. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Aust slips in Otago". The Canberra Times. 16 July 1995.
  15. ^ "Teams: Australia". Women's Rugby World Cup. 1998. Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  16. ^ Nix, Alwyn (26 August 1994). "Wallaroos will have a few surprises". The Canberra Times.

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