The Wallabies are the rugby union team representing the country of Australia. They played their first fixture in 1899 versus a British Isles touring team.
The nickname the "Wallabies" is about the wallaby—a marsupial that is native to Australia. The name was given to the team during a tour of the United Kingdom and North America in 1908. A team from New Zealand had recently toured and they were dubbed the All Blacks. The English press was eager to also give the Australians a nickname, initially coming up with the 'Rabbits'. However, the imported vermin was deemed too derogatory by the players who then went on to select the name the Wallabies. Initially, it only stuck for Australian Rugby Union touring teams, however, it was soon adopted by the team whether playing home or away.
The Wallabies have competed in every Rugby World Cup, winning it on two occasions - in 1991 at Twickenham against hosts England and in 1999 in the then Millenium Stadium, Cardiff where they beat France in the final.
Enjoying a rich RWC history they also hosted the tournament in 1987 alongside New Zealand and in 2003 in entirety. In the most recent Rugby World Cup, Japan 2019, the Wallabies progressed from the group stages with wins over Fiji, Uruguay and Georgia and a loss to Wales. This progressed them too the quarter-finals where they were comprehensively beaten by England 40-16. As they finished within the top three of their group at the 2019 RWC this has entitled the Wallabies to automatic qualification for the Rugby World Cup to be hosted in France in 2023.
These days annually they compete in The Rugby Championship which also includes the All Blacks, Argentina and the Springboks. As well as taking on tours to the Northern Hemisphere in November and welcoming teams from around the globe for fixtures in the traditional June Test window. They are also are part of The British and Irish Lions tour cycle where they will tour to Australia every 12 years. The Lions last visited in 2013 and are scheduled to visit again in 2025.
The Wallabies rugby kit is traditionally green and gold. Many manufacturers have produced the shirt through the years including Adidas, Canterbury, Reebok, Kooga and BLK. However, since 2014 it is Asics who has held the license to produce the official Wallabies Rugby Shirts and Replica kit.
In recent times Asics have produced an 'Indigenous' Wallabies rugby shirt. Inspired by the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander culture which is the oldest continuous living culture in the world.
The shirt was designed by a young Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay man from Redfern in Sydney. The artwork symbolises the Wallabies and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together as one. The name Wallaby, also known as 'walabi' or 'wulaba', comes from the Aboriginal language of the Gadigal people of Eora country (Sydney).
Through the centre of the artwork, the Wallaby is shown as a symbol for moving forward. The layers of circular symbols and patterns depict the many camps, communities, and people who all meet around the Wallaby to work, share and connect. In honour of the 14 indigenous players who have donned the Wallabies jersey, 14 symbols are surrounding the Wallaby.
At rugbystuff.com you will find a full selection of authentic and genuine official replica rugby kit for the Wallabies. Alongside training, travel and Leisurewear from offical kit sponsors Asics. We are personalisation specialists and will print names, numbers and initials from as little as £3.
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