A blockbuster clash between arch rivals Queensland and NSW will kick off the Super W, with the full draw revealed on Friday.
The season opening Super W clash will form a double header prior to the Reds' clash with the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday week, giving Queensland rugby fans a timely chance to watch the Brisbane Tens winning side do battle with the competition favourites.
The season opener will be one of five double headers throughout the competition, giving fans across the country the chance to get a glimpse of the stars of the women's game.
All matches will be broadcasted on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au, with one match a week streamed LIVE on RUGBY.com.au."This is a really exciting time for Women’s Rugby with the Buildcorp Super W to give our players significantly more playing opportunities and a chance to represent their state in week-in, week-out competition," Rugby Australia Head of National XVs Programs Adrian Thompson said.
"This competition is a completely different format to the previously held National Championship, which was staged over a few days in total, and it will allow our players to really test themselves under the pressure of performing in big matches each week."
In further exciting news, Buildcorp has been unveiled as the official naming rights partner of the Super W.
The family-owned Sydney based construction firm has been one of Australian rugby's most loyal supporters and has now signed off on a multi-year deal which includes continued naming rights partnership with the Wallaroos."Buildcorp, Tony and Josephine Sukkar have been strong supporters of Women’s Rugby over the years and their continued commitment to expanding the Women’s game is an exciting development, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said.
"The Buildcorp Super W is an exciting prospect that is going to enhance the pathway to the Buildcorp Wallaroos and create a stronger national team as we head into the start of the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup cycle."
Buildcorp's Josephine Sukkar said the organisation was thrilled to be part of bridging the gap between men's and women's rugby in Australia.
"We are extending our support of the women’s game to connect a player pipeline from club to the national level," Sukkar said.
"This fills an existing gap and ensures that, like Buildcorp, Australian Rugby is structured to provide the same opportunities for women and men.
"That is, the opportunity for participation, development and promotion regardless of age, gender or culture."
2018 Super W Draw (All times local)
Queensland Women v NSW Women, Saturday 10 March, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Delayed coverage on FOX SPORTS at 10pm local time, 9pm AEDT. Full replay at RUGBY.com.au
Western Force Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, Sunday 11 March, 3.00pm, Cottesloe Rugby Club, Perth
LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS 9pm local time 9pm AEDT. Full replay at RUGBY.com.au
Brumbies Women v Queensland Women, Saturday 17 March, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra
LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delayed on FOX SPORTS at 10pm (local) AEDT.
NSW Women v Western Force Women, Sunday 18 March, 1.30pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney
LIVE on FOX SPORTS and full replay RUGBY.com.au.
Melbourne Rebels Women BYE
NSW Women v Brumbies Women, 3.00pm, Saturday 24 March, 3.00pm, Warringah Rugby Park, Sydney
LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and delayed coverage on FOX SPORTS from 9:00pm AEDT (local) and full replay on RUGBY.com.au.
Queensland Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, 1.30pm, Sunday 25 March, Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
LIVE on FOX Sports and full replay RUGBY.com.au.
Western Force Women BYE
Melbourne Rebels Women v Brumbies Women, Friday 30 March, 5.00pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Delayed broadcast on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT and full replay on RUGBY.com.au.
Western Force Women v Queensland Women, Saturday 31 March, 3.00pm Kingsway Sporting Complex
LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT and full replay on RUGBY.com.au.
NSW Women BYE
Melbourne Rebels Women v NSW Women, Saturday 7 April, 3.00pm, Box Hill Rugby Club, Melbourne
This match will be broadcast on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT and full replay at RUGBY.com.au
Brumbies Women v Western Force Women, Saturday 7 April, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra
LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS at 11:30pm AEDT (local) and full replay at RUGBY.com.au
Queensland Women BYE
The Super W Final will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS. It will be played the weekend of 20 April to accommodate a break for Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.