James Bevan Trophy

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James Bevan Trophy
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2007
No. of teams 2
Country  Australia
Most recent

The James Bevan Trophy is a rugby union trophy which was created in 2007, and named after James Bevan, the Welsh Australian who was the first ever captain of the Wales rugby union team in 1881. The trophy was established after a decision on 10 May 2007 by the Welsh and Australian rugby unions to celebrate the 100 years of Test rugby between the two sides.[1] Australia are the current holders.

The Trophy was commissioned by International Business Wales, the economic arm of the Welsh assembly government.

Trophy history[edit]

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.[2]

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. 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 in Cardiff, Australia once again won with a last minute try.

The 2011 Rugby World Cup brought Australia and Wales together again for a 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.

In the last 3 trophy matches Wales were leading, only for Australia to score the winning points in the 80th, 74th and 79th minute.


Details Played Won by  Australia Won by  Wales Drawn Australia points Wales points
In Australia 5 5 0 0 132 84
In Wales 8 7 1 0 209 141
Overall 13 12 1 0 341 225


Year Date Venue Home Score Away Match




2016 5 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  8–32  Australia  Australia Australia
2014 8 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  28–33  Australia  Australia Australia
2013 30 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  26–30  Australia  Australia Australia
2012 1 December Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  12–14  Australia  Australia Australia
2012 23 June Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Australia  20–19  Wales  Australia Australia
16 June Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 25–23  Australia
9 June Lang Park, Brisbane 27–19  Australia
2011 3 December Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  18–24  Australia  Australia Australia
2010 6 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  16–25  Australia  Australia Australia
2009 28 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  12–33  Australia  Australia Australia
2008 29 November Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Wales  21–18  Australia  Wales Wales
2007 2 June Lang Park, Brisbane Australia  31–0  Wales  Australia Australia
26 May Stadium Australia, Sydney 29–23  Australia

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