Headshot of George Greagan wearing a suit and tie
George Gregan, who played for his country between 1994 and 2007, holds the Australian record for Test appearances with 139. He captained the team in 59 Tests.

Australia has played Test rugby since 1899. Test captains are listed chronologically from the first time they captained Australia in a Test match. Matches are exclusively those that have been granted Test status by the Australian Rugby Union regardless of whether the opposing team's governing body awarded the match Test status or not.

Captains

full body shot of Johnnie Wallace wearing his playing strip and boots
Johnnie Wallace captained the 1927–28 New South Wales Waratahs that toured the Northern Hemisphere. The Australian Rugby Union later recognised the international matches from this tour as Test matches.
Paddy Moran led the Wallabies on the 1908 Tour.
Players to have captained the Australian rugby union team in a Test match
Number Name First Test
as captain
Last Test
as captain
Total Tests
as captain
Total Tests
as player
Refs
1 Frank Row 1899 1899 3 3 [1]
[2]
2 Bob McCowan 1899 1899 1 3 [3]
[4]
3 Stan Wickham 1903 1905 4 5 [5]
[6]
4 Frank Nicholson 1904 1904 1 2 [7]
[8]
5 Peter Burge 1907 1907 2 3 [9]
[10]
6 Allen Oxlade 1907 1907 1 4 [11]
[12]
7 Herbert Moran 1908 1908 1 1 [13]
[14]
8 Chris McKivat 1909 1909 1 4 [15]
[16]
9 Sydney Middleton 1910 1910 3 4 [17]
[18]
10 Ward Prentice 1912 1912 1 6 [19]
[20]
11 Ted Fahey 1913 1913 2 4 [21]
[22]
12 Larry Dwyer 1913 1913 1 8 [23]
[24]
13 Fred Wood 1914 1914 2 12 [25]
[26]
14 Jimmy Flynn 1914 1914 1 2 [27]
[28]
15 William Thornton 1920 1920 3 8 [29]
[30]
16 Alfred Walker 1922 1924 11 16 [31]
[32]
17 Darby Loudon 1922 1922 1 4 [33]
[34]
18 Walter Friend 1923 1923 3 10 [35]
[36]
19 Billy Sheehan 1923 1923 3 18 [37]
[38]
20 Ted Thorn 1924 1926 6 15 [39]
[40]
21 Charlie Fox 1925 1925 1 17 [41]
[42]
22 Tom Lawton, Snr 1925 1932 7 14 [43]
[44]
23 Johnnie Wallace 1926 1928 6 8 [45]
[46]
24 Syd Malcolm 1928 1933 6 18 [47]
[48]
25 Bob Loudon 1928 1928 1 13 [49]
[50]
26 Jimmy Clark 1931 1931 1 5 [51]
[52]
27 Dave Cowper 1933 1933 3 9 [53]
[54]
28 Alex Ross 1933 1934 3 20 [55]
[56]
29 Ron Walden 1936 1936 3 4 [57]
[58]
30 Cyril Towers 1937 1937 2 19 [59]
[60]
31 Vay Wilson 1938 1938 3 5 [61]
[62]
32 Bill McLean 1946 1947 4 5 [63]
[64]
33 Phil Hardcastle 1947 1947 1 5 [65]
[66]
34 Trevor Allan 1947 1949 10 14 [67]
[68]
35 Nev Cottrell 1950 1950 2 14 [69]
[70]
36 Keith Winning 1951 1951 1 1 [71]
[72]
37 Colin Windon 1951 1951 2 20 [73]
[74]
38 John Solomon 1952 1955 8 14 [75]
[76]
39 Nicholas Shehadie 1953 1954 3 30 [77]
[78]
40 Alan Cameron 1955 1956 4 20 [79]
[80]
41 Dick Tooth 1957 1957 2 10 [81]
[82]
42 Bob Davidson 1957 1958 6 13 [83]
[84]
43 Des Connor 1958 1958 2 12 [85]
[86]
44 Charles Wilson 1958 1958 3 4 [87]
[88]
45 Peter Fenwicke 1959 1959 2 6 [89]
[90]
46 Ken Catchpole 1961 1968 13 27 [91]
[92]
47 Peter Johnson 1962 1968 5 42 [93]
[94]
48 Jim Lenehan 1962 1962 1 24 [95]
[96]
49 John Thornett 1962 1967 16 37 [97]
[98]
50 Greg Davis 1969 1972 16 39 [99]
[100]
51 Peter Sullivan 1972 1973 4 13 [101]
[102]
52 John Hipwell 1973 1975 9 36 [103]
[104]
53 Geoff Shaw 1975 1976 9 27 [105]
[106]
54 Tony Shaw 1978 1981 15 36 [107]
[108]
55 Mark Loane 1979 1982 6 28 [109]
[110]
56 Paul McLean 1980 1980 1 30 [111]
[112]
57 Mark Ella 1982 1983 10 25 [113]
[114]
58 Andrew Slack 1984 1987 19 39 [115]
[116]
59 Steve Williams 1985 1985 5 28 [117]
[118]
60 Simon Poidevin 1986 1987 4 59 [119]
[120]
61 David Codey 1987 1987 1 13 [121]
[122]
62 Michael Lynagh 1987 1995 15 72 [123]
[124]
63 Nick Farr-Jones 1988 1992 36 63 [125]
[126]
64 Phil Kearns 1992 1995 10 67 [127]
[128]
65 Rod McCall 1995 1995 1 71 [129]
[130]
66 John Eales 1996 2001 55 86 [131]
[132]
67 Tim Horan 1996 1996 1 80 [133]
[134]
68 David Wilson 1997 1999 9 79 [135]
[136]
69 Jason Little 1999 1999 1 75 [137]
[138]
70 George Gregan 2001 2007 59 139 [139]
[140]
71 Chris Whitaker 2003 2003 1 31 [141]
[142]
72 Nathan Sharpe 2004 2012 10 116 [143]
[144]
73 Phil Waugh 2006 2007 3 79 [145]
74 Stirling Mortlock 2006 2009 29 80 [146]
75 George Smith 2007 2009 7 111 [147]
76 Rocky Elsom 2009 2011 24 75 [148]
77 James Horwill 2011 2013 16 62 [149]
78 Will Genia 2011 2013 4 110 [150]
79 David Pocock 2012 2019 9 83 [151]
80 Ben Mowen 2013 2013 6 15 [152]
81 Stephen Moore 2014 2017 26 122 [153]
82 Michael Hooper 2014 2022  68*  124* [a]
83 James Slipper 2015 incumbent  12*  127* [b]
84 Dean Mumm 2015 2015 1 57 [172]
85 Allan Ala'alatoa 2022 2022  1*  64* [c]
Source: ESPN Scrum
  • Updated after the 2022 end-of-year internationals on 26 November 2022.
  • * Indicates totals for players that are current members of the Wallaby squad.
  • Players in green remain active and eligible for Wallaby selection.
Notes
  1. ^ At the end of 2022, Michael Hooper had captained Australia in 68 test matches. He led the team in 64 tests prior to 8 November 2021.[154] He captained the team for a further 4 tests against England – an away match at Twickenham on 13 November 2021,[155] and a home series in June 2022.[156][157][158] Hooper has played 124 test matches.[159]
  2. ^ At the end of 2022, James Slipper had captained Australia in 12 test matches. His first test as captain was against the United States in 2015.[160] He then led the team against Wales on 20 November 2021,[161] followed by the 6-test Rugby Championship in 2022,[162][163][164][165][166][167] and 4 tests on the end-of-year tour.[168][169][170][171] Slipper has played 127 test matches.[159]
  3. ^ Allan Ala'alatoa became the 85th Wallabies captain on 12 November 2022.[173][174] He has played 64 test matches.[159]

See also

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