Since 1908 Australia and Wales have competed against each other in rugby union in 44 matches, Australia having won 30, Wales 13, with 1 draw. Since 2007 the teams have competed for the James Bevan Trophy, which was created to celebrate 100 years of rugby between the two nations.

Summary

Overview

Details Played Won by
Australia
Won by
Wales
Drawn Australia points Wales points
In Australia 12 11 1 0 376 172
In Wales 28 17 10 1 574 445
Neutral venue 4 2 2 0 82 75
Overall 44 30 13 1 1,032 692

Records

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Australia Wales
Longest winning streak 13 (28 Nov 2009 – 10 Nov 2018) 3 (21 Jun 1969 – 11 Jun 1978; 10 Nov 2018 – present)
Largest points for
Home 63 (22 July 1991) 29 (4 November 2006; 20 November 2021)
Away 38 (12 October 1991) 29 (29 September 2019)
Largest winning margin
Home 57 (22 July 1991) 25 (20 December 1975)
Away 35 (12 October 1991) 4 (29 September 2019)

History

In the first 70 years, Wales won six of the eight matches. Over the next 10 years it was fairly even, but since the first World Cup in 1987, Australia has dominated by 24 wins to 5. The 2006 match ended in the second highest-scoring draw of all time, 29–29.

Australia snatched victory in the inaugural James Bevan Trophy test match 29–23 with a last minute try at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney on 26 May 2007. They followed this up with a 31–0 victory at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Wales captured the trophy the following year with a 21–18 victory in Cardiff, but since then it remained in Australian hands with 13 consecutive wins. 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 at Cardiff, Australia once again won with a last minute try.

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

Wales ended a run of 13 consecutive defeats against Australia on 10 November 2018, winning 9–6. They have since defeated Australia 29–25 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and in Cardiff Wales on 20 November 2021 29–28.

Results

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
1 12 December 1908 National Stadium, Cardiff 9–6  Wales Australia tour of Britain
2 26 November 1927 National Stadium, Cardiff 8–18  Australia Waratahs tour of the British Isles, France and Canada
3 20 December 1947 National Stadium, Cardiff 6–0  Wales Australia tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America
4 4 January 1958 National Stadium, Cardiff 9–3  Wales Australia tour of Britain, Ireland and France
5 3 December 1966 National Stadium, Cardiff 11–14  Australia Australia tour of Britain, Ireland and France
6 21 June 1969 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 16–19  Wales Wales tour of Oceania
7 10 November 1973 National Stadium, Cardiff 24–0  Wales Australia tour of Europe
8 20 December 1975 National Stadium, Cardiff 28–3  Wales Australia tour of Britain, Ireland and the United States
9 11 June 1978 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 18–8  Australia Wales tour of Australia
10 17 June 1978 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 19–17  Australia
11 5 December 1981 National Stadium, Cardiff 18–13  Wales Australia tour of Britain and Ireland
12 24 November 1984 National Stadium, Cardiff 9–28  Australia Australia tour of Britain and Ireland
13 18 June 1987 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand 21–22  Wales 1987 Rugby World Cup Bronze final
14 22 July 1991 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 63–6  Australia Wales tour of Australia
15 12 October 1991 National Stadium, Cardiff 3–38  Australia 1991 Rugby World Cup Pool match
16 21 November 1992 National Stadium, Cardiff 6–23  Australia Australia tour of Europe
17 9 June 1996 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 56–25  Australia Wales tour of Australia
18 22 June 1996 Aussie Stadium, Sydney 42–3  Australia
19 1 December 1996 National Stadium, Cardiff 19–28  Australia Australia tour of Europe
20 23 October 1999 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 9–24  Australia 1999 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final
21 25 November 2001 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 13–21  Australia Australia tour of Europe
22 14 June 2003 Telstra Stadium, Sydney 30–10  Australia Wales tour of Australasia
23 26 November 2005 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 24–22  Wales End-of-year test
24 4 November 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 29–29 draw End-of-year test
25 26 May 2007 Telstra Stadium, Sydney 29–23  Australia Wales tour of Australia
26 2 June 2007 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 31–0  Australia
27 15 September 2007 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 20–32  Australia 2007 Rugby World Cup Pool match
28 29 November 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 21–18  Wales End-of-year test
29 28 November 2009 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 12–33  Australia End-of-year test
30 6 November 2010 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 16–25  Australia End-of-year test
31 21 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 21–18  Australia 2011 Rugby World Cup Bronze final
32 3 December 2011 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 18–24  Australia End-of-year test
33 9 June 2012 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 27–19  Australia Wales tour of Australia
34 16 June 2012 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 25–23  Australia
35 23 June 2012 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 20–19  Australia
36 1 December 2012 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 12–14  Australia End-of-year test
37 30 November 2013 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 26–30  Australia End-of-year test
38 8 November 2014 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 28–33  Australia End-of-year test
39 10 October 2015 Twickenham Stadium, London, England 15–6  Australia 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool match
40 5 November 2016 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 8–32  Australia End-of-year test
41 11 November 2017 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 21–29  Australia End-of-year test
42 10 November 2018 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 9–6  Wales End-of-year test
43 29 September 2019 Tokyo Stadium Chōfu, Japan 25–29  Wales 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool match
44 20 November 2021 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 29–28  Wales End-of-year test

List of series

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
Wales
Drawn
4 4 0 0
Year Australia Wales Series winner James Bevan Trophy
Australia 1978 2 0  Australia N/A
Australia 1996 2 0  Australia
Australia 2007 2 0  Australia
Australia 2012 3 0  Australia

References