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Black Ferns to host Australia

The Blacks Ferns will play Australia in New Zealand later this year as both sides begin their World Cup preparation. 

The teams will play twice - once at Rugby Park in Christchurch on September 26, before kicking off an Eden Park double header on October 2, ahead of the All Blacks’ test against the Springboks.

These will be the first international fixtures for the Black Ferns since 2019 and will be followed by an end of year tour. Australia are also looking to announce their rearranged test series with Samoa shortly.

New Zealand Rugby head of women’s rugby, Cate Sexton, said the team returning to the field was vital.

“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.

“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 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,” she added. 

Rugby Australia’s general manager of women’s rugby Jilly Collins said, “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.

“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.”

Games

Sunday, September 26
Black Ferns V Australia, Rugby Park Christchurch
Kick off: 4.05pm

Saturday, October 2
Black Ferns V Australia, Eden Park
Kickoff: 4.30pm