Head Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Previous Four Nations Played (3): 2009 (Winners), 2010 (Finalists), 2011 (Winners)
Rugby League in Australia was formed during the 1907 season with the formation of the New South Wales Rugby League in Sydney. The success of this league was largely down to one man, the legendary Dally Messenger, who starred in the 1907 ‘All Golds’ tour of Great Britain, when he defected from the Australian Rugby Union association to join the newly formed league. Since then, Rugby League has been considered one of the premier sports in Australia.
Australia then made their first Impact on the International Rugby League scene in 1908, when ‘The Kangaroos’, captained by Messenger toured Great Britain for the very first time to play against the Northern Union. They played their first ever international Test against a Northern Union representative side, which finished 22 all.
Australia’s pedigree within the sport is renowned throughout the world and they have produced some of the greatest players ever to have graced the field, from the late great Dally Messenger to mercurial full-back Clive Churchill, World Cup record points scorer Michael Cronin and modern legends such as the enigmatic Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer.
Australia won the previous Tri-Nations tournament on 3 occasions (1999, 2004 & 2006) and have triumphed once (2009) in the two Four Nations competitions held to date.