Media Release Archive

September 2017
With only one week to go until the HSBC Volunteer of the Year program closes, now is the time to think about and formally recognise the outstanding efforts of club volunteers across the country. 

Whilst it understands Western Australia’s disappointment following the outcome of Tuesday’s court decision, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is surprised to learn that it will be subject to a senate inquiry in relation to the future of Australian Rugby.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) welcomes today’s decision in the NSW Supreme Court, which provides legal certainty to all stakeholders.
August 2017
Every weekend across Australia volunteers give up their time so that you, your mates, or your kids, can enjoy the game of rugby. It’s an often forgotten role but the reality is that without volunteers, our clubs wouldn’t run.
Ten years ago the Wests Bulldogs rugby club in Brisbane was in need of some help. The club house was run-down; filled with weeds and the odd graffiti tag. Junior player numbers were dwindling and the Club struggled with a solution to turn this around. The on field results told a similar concerning story – no finals football for over ten years and a premiership was a distant memory. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence.
Wallaroos Head Coach Paul Verrell has named his match-day 23 ahead of the team’s opening pool game of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World, against host-nation Ireland, at the University College Dublin (UCD) Bowl at 4:00am (AEST) on Thursday, 10 August.
July 2017
The inaugural Aon Women’s University Sevens Series (Aon Uni 7s) was officially launched at Macquarie University in Sydney today, hailing the evolution of Women’s Rugby Sevens in Australia with the five-week tournament to kick off on August 25. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has appointed former Qantas Wallabies playmaker Rod Kafer to a project role within its High Performance department, where he will lead the facilitation of Australia’s elite coach development program.
For the first time in history, the Qantas Wallabies will wear an Indigenous jersey to commemorate the role of Indigenous Australians in rugby’s past, present and future
June 2017

Sydney Airport have confirmed their support for the Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team for a further three years


Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation systems, has partnered with Australian Rugby Union as its official enterprise technology partner for the next two years


On Friday June 16, Classic Wallabies rugby legends farewelled eight young Indigenous Australians taking part in the Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange Program

The Buildcorp Wallaroos squad to take on England this Friday 9 June at 10.30am AEST in Wellington, has been named for Australia’s first international match of 2017


The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has published its Reconciliation Action Plan progress in the ARU Reconciliation Action Plan Progress Report


May 2017

The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss of former New South Wales and Wallabies inside centre, Peter Phipps


The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has joined forces with the GingerCloud Foundation in an official partnership that will foster and promote the development of GingerCloud’s Modified Rugby Program


The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss off former New South Wales and Wallabies flanker, Denis O’Callaghan, who passed away earlier this week, aged 77

The entire Australian Women’s Sevens squad will play in the upcoming Women’s Aon Uni 7s Series, with players to link up with the university teams around the country


Rugby fans around the country will get to watch their gold medal-winning Australian Women’s Sevens heroes in action as the Aon Uni 7s teams vie for supremacy in the Aon Uni 7s Series


General public tickets have gone on sale today for the Qantas Wallabies’ three afternoon Test matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy this June

General public tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow for the Qantas Wallabies’ three afternoon Test matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy this June

The Australian and New South Wales Rugby community is mourning the loss of former Wallabies and New South Wales flanker, Terence Reid, who passed away over the weekend, aged 82.


April 2017
Fans from across the Oceania region and the world will be able to watch the next generation of professional Rugby players in the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship with the entire tournament to be streamed LIVE through www.rugby.com.au and Oceania Rugby.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) today announced its 2016 results at the ARU Annual General Meeting, held in Sydney
Central to Australian Rugby’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, is making rugby ‘a game for all’. 
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

This International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and ChildFund Australia are highlighting the importance of sport in a unique partnership.


Women in sport is a hot topic in Australia, and for good reason.


The Australian Rugby refereeing team continues to receive high accolades on the World stage with Amy Perrett selected for her second Women’s Rugby World Cup alongside up and coming official, Graham Cooper. 

Australian Rugby has strengthened its commitment to the safety and inclusion of all participants in rugby with a nationwide roll-out of new and updated policies and procedures


March 2017

The Super U20s Championship Final will be contested at Ballymore Stadium this Sunday from 2pm between defending Champions Queensland U20s and NSW Gen Blue U20s.


The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has rejected the research findings recently published by Roy Morgan on the number of ‘active participants’ in the sport of Rugby in Australia.


In response to recent media speculation, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) issues the following statement in relation to the future of the Super Rugby competition and Australia’s Super Rugby teams.
The Buildcorp National Women’s XVs Championship will kick off on the Gold Coast in May, continuing the road to selection for the Buildcorp Wallaroos ahead of Women’s Rugby World Cup later this year.

Australian Rugby will trial a ‘Blue Card’ system in the ACT and Newcastle competitions in the coming weeks as the code continues to step up its efforts in the management of concussion

The BMW Australia U20s will come together for their first training camp ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia in June.
The BMW Australia U20s will host arch rivals New Zealand as well as Fiji and Samoa at the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship to be held at Bond University, Gold Coast in May.
In honour of International Women’s Day, we look at the how the female rugby officials program is charging ahead

Australian Rugby is pleased to announce a new partnership with BLACKROLL ® Australia who will become the Qantas Wallabies’ official supplier of athletic training, physio and recovery tools.


The Buildcorp Wallaroos will play three Test matches in New Zealand this June in a four-nation series that includes the reigning Women’s Rugby World Cup champions, England, arch rivals New Zealand and women’s rugby powerhouse, Canada.
February 2017
A public memorial service celebrating the life of former Wallabies, Brumbies and NSW Waratahs lock Dan Vickerman will be held in Sydney next week.

Fans will be taken deeper into the Super Rugby inner sanctum with a range of cutting edge broadcast innovations planned for the 2017 Super Rugby season


The Australian and Queensland Rugby community are mourning the loss off former Queensland fullback and one-Test Wallaby, Tom Sweeney who passed away on Friday 17 February aged 87


Qantas Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty has signed a two-year extension with the ARU and the Western Force until the end of 2019


Test Rugby will return to Canberra for the first time in seven years when the Qantas Wallabies host Argentina at GIO Stadium in September this year.
Australia’s next generation of Rugby Sevens talent have begun their campaign ahead of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Bahamas from July 19-23.
Super U20s Rugby will return in 2017 after a successful inaugural year in 2016 which saw Queensland U20s take out the championship, with every match to be streamed LIVE through rugby.com.au this season.
Following the official media launch of the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season, players, coaches and fans nationwide are eagerly anticipating kick off as the race for top spot in the Australian conference begins, which will guarantee an all-important home quarter-final.
Vodafone has announced a stunning return to Australian Rugby after today being confirmed as the new naming rights partner for Super Rugby in Australia.
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