History of rugby union matches between Australia and Wales

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Since 1908 Australia and Wales have competed against each other in rugby union in 40 matches, Australia having won 29, Wales 10, with 1 draw. Since 2007 the teams have competed for the James Bevan Trophy, which was created to celebrate 100 years of rugby between the two nations.

Summary[edit]

Overview[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Australia
Won by
 Wales
Drawn Australia points Wales points
In Australia 12 11 1 0 376 172
In Wales 25 16 8 1 525 398
Neutral venue 3 2 1 0 57 46
Overall 40 29 10 1 944 604

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Australia Wales
Longest winning streak 12 (28 Nov 2009–Present) 3 (21 Jun 1969–11 Jun 1978)
Largest points for
Home 63 (22 July 1991) 29 (4 November 2006)
Away 38 (12 October 1991) 25 (9 June 1996)
Largest winning margin
Home 57 (22 July 1991) 25 (20 December 1975)
Away 35 (12 October 1991) 3 (21 June 1969)

History[edit]

In the first 70 years Wales won 6 of the 8 matches. Over the next 10 years it was fairly even, but since the first World Cup in 1987, Australia has dominated by 24 wins to 2. The 2006 match ended in the second highest scoring draw of all time, 29–29.

Australia snatched victory in the inaugural James Bevan Trophy, test match 29–23 with a last minute try on Saturday 26 May 2007 at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney. They followed this up with a whitewash 31–0 victory at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Wales captured the trophy the following year in 2008 with a 21–18 victory in Cardiff, but since then it has remained in Australian hands with 12 consecutive wins. Three victories in Cardiff in 2009–11 were followed up by a 3–0 series win in Australia in 2012, all by narrow margins. In the return match at Cardiff, Australia once again won with a last minute try.

The 2011 Rugby World Cup brought Australia and Wales together again for another third place play-off, and once again it was a close finish, with Australia claiming third place in a reversal of the first World Cup in 1987, when Wales won the play-off 22–21.

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
40 5 November 2016 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 8 – 32  Australia 2016 Autumn International
39 10 October 2015 Twickenham Stadium, London, England 15 – 6  Australia 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A
38 8 November 2014 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 28 – 33  Australia 2014 Autumn International
37 30 November 2013 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 26 – 30  Australia 2013 Autumn International
36 1 December 2012 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 12 – 14  Australia 2012 Autumn International
35 23 June 2012 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 20 – 19  Australia Welsh Tour of Australia
34 16 June 2012 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 25 – 23  Australia
33 9 June 2012 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 27 – 19  Australia
32 3 December 2011 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 18 – 24  Australia 2011 Autumn International
31 21 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 21 – 18  Australia 3rd place playoff of 2011 Rugby World Cup
30 6 November 2010 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 16 – 25  Australia 2010 Autumn International
29 28 November 2009 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 12 – 33  Australia 2009 Autumn International
28 29 November 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 21 – 18  Wales 2008 Autumn International
27 15 September 2007 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 20 – 32  Australia Pool stage of 2007 Rugby World Cup
26 2 June 2007 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 31 – 0  Australia 2007 Welsh tour of Australia
25 26 May 2007 Telstra Stadium, Sydney 29 – 23  Australia
24 4 November 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 29 – 29 draw 2006 Autumn International
23 26 November 2005 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 24 – 22  Wales 2005 Autumn International
22 14 June 2003 Telstra Stadium, Sydney 30 – 10  Australia
21 25 November 2001 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 13 – 21  Australia
20 23 October 1999 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 9 – 24  Australia Quarter final of 1999 Rugby World Cup
19 22 June 1996 Aussie Stadium, Sydney 42 – 3  Australia
18 9 June 1996 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 56 – 25  Australia
17 1 December 1996 National Stadium, Cardiff 19 – 28  Australia
16 21 November 1992 National Stadium, Cardiff 6 – 23  Australia
15 12 October 1991 National Stadium, Cardiff 3 – 38  Australia Pool stage of 1991 Rugby World Cup
14 22 July 1991 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 63 – 6  Australia
13 18 June 1987 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand 21 – 22  Wales 3rd place playoff of 1987 Rugby World Cup
12 24 November 1984 National Stadium, Cardiff 9 – 28  Australia
11 5 December 1981 National Stadium, Cardiff 18 – 13  Wales
10 17 June 1978 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 19 – 17  Australia
9 11 June 1978 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 18 – 8  Australia
8 20 December 1975 National Stadium, Cardiff 28 – 3  Wales
7 10 November 1973 National Stadium, Cardiff 24 – 0  Wales
6 21 June 1969 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 16 – 19  Wales
5 3 December 1966 National Stadium, Cardiff 11 – 14  Australia
4 4 January 1958 National Stadium, Cardiff 9 – 3  Wales
3 20 December 1947 National Stadium, Cardiff 6 – 0  Wales
2 26 November 1927 National Stadium, Cardiff 8 – 18  Australia
1 12 December 1908 National Stadium, Cardiff 9 – 6  Wales

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Results archive from WRU