2012 Wales rugby union tour of Australia
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In June 2012, Wales toured Australia as part of the 2012 mid-year rugby test series. They faced Australia in a series of three internationals across the eastern states, starting at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, then moving on to Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, before finishing in Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. In addition, they played a tour match against one of Australia's domestic clubs, the Brumbies, at Canberra Stadium.
|2012 Wales rugby union tour of Australia|
|Tour captain(s)||Sam Warburton|
|Top point scorer(s)||Leigh Halfpenny (41)|
|Top try scorer(s)||10 players with 1 try|
|Top test point scorer(s)||Leigh Halfpenny (41)|
|Top test try scorer(s)||7 players with 1 try|
|Next tour||Japan 2013|
Before flying to Australia, Wales also held a one-off match at home so that Rob Howley, the caretaker coach, could finalise the squad. This was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against the Barbarians.
During this tour, Wales were attempting to regain the James Bevan Trophy they lost in 2009, when Australia beat them 33–12 in Cardiff. They had won it the previous year, 21–18. However, the last time Wales beat Australia in Australia was in 1969, when they won 19–16.
Wales lost the series 3–0, continuing their history of not having won in Australia for 43 years. However, all matches were close encounters, and they scored 61 points to Australia's 72. They also played a return match in Cardiff in the 2012 Autumn Internationals that ended in a similar narrow defeat, 14–12.
In the last three matches between the two teams, Wales led with five minutes to go and Australia snatched victory from them.
|Date and time||Venue||Home||Score||Away|
|2 June 2012, 14:00 BST (UTC+01)||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Wales||30–21||Barbarians|
|9 June 2012, 20:00 AEST (UTC+10)||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Australia||27–19||Wales|
|12 June 2012, 19:30 AEST (UTC+10)||Canberra Stadium, Canberra||ACT Brumbies||15–25||Wales|
|16 June 2012, 20:00 AEST (UTC+10)||Etihad Stadium, Melbourne||Australia||25–23||Wales|
|23 June 2012, 15:00 AEST (UTC+10)||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney||Australia||20–19||Wales|
Towards the end of May, the bulk of the Welsh squad left for Australia, leaving a handful of players to face the Barbarians. After Wales' win over the Barbarians, the few players who had earned their place in the squad during the game left for Australia to join up with the team. Caretaker coach Rob Howley announced a 35-man squad to take to Australia.
- Caretaker coach: Rob Howley
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Robbie Deans announced his squad to face Wales at the beginning of June. The public already knew that James O'Connor, Kurtley Beale and usual captain James Horwill would all be out of the tour due to injury. From this, Robbie Deans was able to announce his 40-man squad. On 19 June, it was revealed that Beale would return for the third and final test against Wales.
Head coach: Robbie Deans