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Australia to begin World Cup preparations

Most of the players competing for places in the Wallaroos squad for the World Cup will be in action next weekend

Players from the New South Wales, ACT and Queensland will be in action over the next two weekends in the biggest domestic women’s rugby tournament since the Super W was forced to come to an unexpectedly early conclusion in March.

New South Wales’ Chikarovski Cup – which was played for the first time last year – will again feature two representative Sydney teams and an NSW Country XV, but has been expanded this year to include a Canberra President’s XV, which should include most of the players from the ACT Brumbies.

New South Wales were Super W champions last season, and had qualified for the cancelled final play-off before the shutdown. The ACT Brumbies were due to compete in a play-off game against Queensland to find their opponents.

While the top players from NSW and ACT are in action in the south east of Australia, Queensland’s leading players will be competing in a “Queensland Women’s XVs Select Match” – effectively a trial “Probables vs Possibles” game between Queensland Reds and Queensland Greys.

The game will be played at Ballymore in Brisbane, whose new National Rugby Training Centre will be the new home for the Wallaroos.

The games will go some way to replace Australia’s cancelled test series against New Zealand.

Fixtures:

Chikarovski Cup
(all timings Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

November 7: Canberra Women’s Presidents XVs v Sydney Blue (15:00 local time)

November 8: Canberra Women’s Presidents XVs v Sydney Gold (12:00); NSW Country Women’s v Sydney Blue (14:00)

November 14: Sydney Gold v Sydney Blue (14:00); NSW Country Women’s v Canberra Women’s Presidents (16:00)

November 15: NSW Country Women’s v Sydney Gold (12:00)

Queensland Women’s XVs Select Match

November 7: QLD Red v QLD Grey (12:00)

All matches will be streamed LIVE via rugby.com.au