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Australia A national rugby union team

Australia A
Union Australian Rugby Union
Emblem(s) the Wallaby

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-tier team to the national side, 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.

Contents

  • Pacific Nations Cup: 2006–08 1
  • Results 2
    • Australian Barbarians 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

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

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 tournament was won by the Junior All Blacks.

In the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup, Australia A played 5 matches for 4 wins and 1 loss. The tournament was 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

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
Ospreys Loss
16-24
November 15, 2006
2006 Spring Tour
Limerick
Thomond Park
 Ireland Wolfhounds WIN
24-17
November 21, 2006
2006 Spring Tour
Perth, Scotland
McDiarmid Park
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
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
Loss
18-21

Australian Barbarians

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

References

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  4. ^
  5. ^

External links

  • Eight Wallabies to start for Australia A, as Campbell debuts as captain
  • Strong team named for Australia A clash with Japan


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