Australia and the Autumn Internationals

Published 16th November 2017
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The Wallabies – one of the most successful Rugby nations out there. Australia have been playing rugby since 1899 and have been rather dominant in the sport. The Wallabies have competed in all 8 Rugby World Cups, winning in 1991 in Twickenham and 1999 at the Millennium Stadium.

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They have also appeared in 4 out of 8 finals. They were close to making it 3 world cups in 2003 when they were in the final against England at home. Thanks to a late drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson, they were denied the 3rd title.

Why the Wallabies?

Well couldn’t get out-done by the All Blacks! At the start of the 20th Century, the English press dubbed New Zealand the All Blacks after a tour down under. It was suggested that Australia ought to have a nickname as well. The original idea was the rabbits – but the Aussies deemed rabbits an imported pest, and opted for the native Wallaby instead. It stuck, and thank God it did! The Wallabies sound a lot better than the Rabbits.

Australia are one of the 4 teams in the Rugby Championship (4 Nations). They were the 2nd most successful team in the 15 years of Tri Nations winning 29 out of 72 games. Since the Rugby Championship they are still 2nd winning 15 out of 33. Still a long way off New Zealand who have won 30 out of 33 of the games since 2012!

 

Australia have always been in the top 6 of the IRB rankings. Currently in 3rd place between England and Ireland, they have never been 1st. The rankings were introduced in 2003, after their two World Cup wins which would’ve seen them top.

 

Advance Australia Fair

Advance Australia Fair was made in 1878 and was a patriotic song. It became the official national anthem, replacing God Save the Queen in 1984. It has been sung at their rugby matches since. It has been under some criticism of late as indigenous Australians found some of the words offensive, but it remains their anthem.

Australians all let us rejoice,

For we are young and free;

We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;

Our home is girt by sea;

Our land abounds in nature’s gifts

Of beauty rich and rare;

In history’s page, let every stage

Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,

Advance Australia Fair.

 

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross

We’ll toil with hearts and hands;

To make this Commonwealth of ours

Renowned of all the lands;

For those who’ve come across the seas

We’ve boundless plains to share;

With courage let us all combine

To Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,

Advance Australia Fair.

 

 

Australia face Wales, England and Scotland in this year’s Autumn Internationals. With a win under their belts from Wales, they will be relishing the English who won against Argentina last weekend. They have won 25 out of the 48 games against England, so who knows who will win this next game. They currently have a 55%-win rate under Michael Cheika, but with their old coach Eddie Jones, they had a 58%-win rate. Since Eddie took over the coaching duty at England, he was won his 4 matches against Australia – so clearly the Wallabies will be looking for some payback after an awful 2016 against the English. They have a better win ratio against Scotland, winning 21 of the 31 games, but with Scotland doing very well this year, they will have a lot to prove.

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