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Wallabies, Wallaroos heading to Adelaide as Rugby Championship fixtures are confirmed

Sun, 01/05/2022, 7:57 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
A bumper Test year ahead with the Wallabies set to play England in a three-match series in July, while the Wallaroos will face face Fijiana and Japan in May.

The Wallabies and Wallaroos inbound fixtures have been confirmed for the 2022 International season, headlined by a double-header in Adelaide.

The historic double-header will take place on August 27 at Adelaide Oval, with the Wallaroos taking on the Black Ferns before the Wallabies face world champions Springboks.

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The two sides will then move to NSW where they will face off on September 3, with the venue to be confirmed.

This will be followed by the Wallabies taking on the All Blacks in Melbourne at Marvel Stadium 12 days later.

It will mark the only clash on Australian soil as part of the revamped two-Test series, with the return fixture to be played on September 24 at Eden Park.

The encounter at Marvel Stadium will mark the return of the All Blacks to Melbourne for the first time since 2010, with Rugby Australia confirming the Victorian capital will also host the 2023 Bledisloe Test.

The home Tests are preceded by a two-week tour in Argentina, where the side will take on Los Pumas in Mendoza and San Juan, on the 6th and 13th of August respectively.

Meanwhile, the Wallaroos will take on the Black Ferns at Orangetheory Stadium in a stand-alone fixture in Christchurch on August 20, a week before the clash in Adelaide as part of the O'Reilly Cup.

“We're extremely pleased to be able to able to confirm our remaining International fixtures on home soil for 2022," RA CEO Andy Marinos said

"To host a double header in Adelaide where the Buildcorp Wallaroos will be firmly into their preparation for the Rugby World Cup and the Wallabies who will take on the current Rugby World Cup champion Springboks in what will be a return to Adelaide Oval following their emphatic win against Namibia in the 2003 RWC is an exciting prospect for both teams that will make this an occasion to remember.

"We then move to NSW where we get another opportunity against the Springboks in back to back weekends in front of a rugby starved supporter base that has seen no International rugby for two years.

"The home Rugby Championship fixtures conclude with a unique Thursday night Bledisloe Cup Match at Marvel Stadium in what is another blockbuster international sporting event in Melbourne and we know the sporting public there love to get out and support their national teams.

"We would like to thank all of our partners for their continued support, as well as our State Governments for their ongoing support and co-operation in delivering world-class live events here in Australia.”

“To have such high quality Tests in Australia this year is great for our team as we continue to build and gain experience as a group," Wallabies coach Dave Rennie added.

"To have matches in most major cities across Australia this year will allow us to connect with more of our supporters and community which is something we value highly as a team.

“Playing the Black Ferns is always a momentous occasion for the team more so now that they are our first opponent in the Rugby World Cup in October," said Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning.

“The side has always been dedicated to growing the women’s game right across the country and playing in Adelaide only reinforces this.

“Being able to play our second test of the O’Reilly Cup in Adelaide hopefully will inspire a lot of female talent in South Australia to choose rugby and start their own journey towards the Buildcorp Wallaroos.

“Having a double-header with the Wallabies is now something supporters are always excited for and both these tests will combine to create a truly world class event.”

2022 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures

Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 6 August, TBC, at Estadio Malvinas, Mendoza

Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 13 August, TBC, at Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 27 August, TBC at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 3 September, TBC at TBC, New South Wales

Wallabies v New Zealand, Thursday 15 September, TBC at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 24 September, 5:05pm AEST at Eden Park, Auckland

O'Reilly Cup Fixtures

Buildcorp Wallaroos v New Zealand, Saturday 20 August, 5:05pm AEST, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch

Buildcorp Wallaroos v New Zealand, Saturday 27 August, TBC at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

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