The Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy will be on the line again as Buildcorp Wallaroos confirm two test matches in New Zealand against their biggest rivals the Black Ferns.
The two tests come almost exactly a year ahead of the Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand where both Australia and New Zealand will face off in the opening match of the tournament.
The Australian side will travel to Christchurch for their first match of the series on Sunday 26 September at Orangetheory Stadium before heading north to Auckland to play in a doubleheader at Eden Park alongside the All Blacks taking on South Africa on 2 October.
Both Buildcorp Wallaroos Tests in New Zealand will be available ad-free, live & on demand exclusively on Stan Sport.
General Manager of Women’s Rugby Jilly Collins expressed her excitement in seeing the team pull on the green and gold jersey once again.
“After the conclusion of a successful Buildcorp Super W competition, and the selection of a 40-strong Wallaroos squad, we are delighted to confirm the two-match Test Series against the Black Ferns," Collins said.
“Both matches will be vital in our preparation for the Rugby World Cup next year. The players continue to work hard, and I know are relishing the opportunity to play Test match Rugby again.”
“We will also be announcing new dates for the rearranged PacificAus Sports Wallaroos Samoa Series shortly and I can’t wait to see the Wallaroos in action again."
New Zealand Rugby Head of Women’s Rugby Cate Sexton said it was great to lock in home Tests for the Black Ferns ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup.
“Playing at home before next year’s World Cup is vital. We are looking forward to hosting Australia and showing the New Zealand public a taste of what they can look forward to in 2022," Sexton said.
“There is a wider group of Black Ferns that have been preparing for international rugby since January, they can’t wait to get back out there in the black jersey to represent their families and provincial unions, but also put their best foot forward for World Cup selection."
“It is will be a wonderful occasion to return to Christchurch for a Test before what is sure to be a great series decided at Eden Park in October."
The Buildcorp Wallaroos are currently preparing for the tour ahead, training with their squad mates back in their respective States.
Recruitment for the Buildocorp Wallaroos coaching staff has already commenced with the new team to be in place prior to September.
Buildcorp Wallaroos fixtures in New Zealand Tour
New Zealand vs Buildcorp Wallaroos Sunday 26 September at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch. Kick-off: 2:05pm AEST
New Zealand vs Buildcorp Wallaroos, Saturday 2 October at Eden Park, Auckland. Kick-off: 2:30pm AEST
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