This August will be an exciting time for Australian Rugby when both the Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos play back-to-back doubleheaders against the All Blacks and the Black Ferns respectively.
That historic occasion had just announced by Rugby Australia at ANZ Stadium a short time ago.
When the Trans-Tasman Men’s & Women’s matches will happen?
The doubleheader will play across two weeks for both Men’s and Women’s sides.
The first of the two matches will occur on Saturday, August 18 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
It will mark the 50th Test Match for the Australian Women’s side.
It’s also the first time that the Buildcorp Wallaroos will have played in a doubleheader match alongside the Qantas Wallabies at home soil.
This first historic occasion doesn’t stop here.
Both the Wallabies & Wallaroos will complete the second & final leg of the Trans-Tasman tours.
That’s where they will play at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday, August 25.
Comments from Raelene Castle
“We’ve just witnessed an incredible Buildcorp Super W Final, and this is another pivotal moment for Women’s fifteens Rugby with the Buildcorp Wallaroos getting an opportunity to share the spotlight with their male counterparts on back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Test days this year,” Raelene Castle, Rugby Australia Chief Executive.
“Two years ago, we had the first of these double-headers at the third Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland, and now our Buildcorp Wallaroos will get to experience a home Bledisloe Cup crowd for the first time when they take on the Black Ferns at ANZ Stadium.”
“Securing this year’s two-Test series is another important marker as we prepare our bid to host the next Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021.”
Thoughts from Dwayne Nestor
“This is a fascinating opportunity, and I know the players will look forward to this two-week tour following the confirmation of these Test matches,” said Dwayne Nestor, Buildcorp Wallaroos Head Coach.
“It’ll be a historical experience to play two doubleheaders and to have the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd in Sydney and Auckland will replicate the excitement we saw at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.”
“Buildcorp Super W showed the fantastic array of players we have in this country, and I know it will motivate all players to continue to work hard to ensure they are wearing Wallaroos gold come August.”
What does it mean for Rugby in Australia?
It will provide the next significant phase towards women’s Rugby in Australia after a successful 1st season of the Buildcorp Super W competition.
NSW Women defeat Queensland Women in an intense, golden point extra-time final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Friday night.
The Qantas Wallabies have not yet won a Bledisloe Cup since 2002.
On the other hand, the Buildcorp Wallaroos will compete for the Laurie O’Reilly Cup, a trophy they have yet to win.
2018 Australia v New Zealand schedule
Saturday 18 August at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia
- Builcorp Wallaroos v Black Ferns, 5.30 PM AEST
- Qantas Wallabies v All Blacks, 8 PM AEST
Saturday 25 August at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand
- Black Ferns v Buildcorp Wallaroos, 3 PM AEST
- All Blacks v Qantas Wallabies, 5.30 PM AEST
Saturday, October 27 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan
- All Blacks v Qantas Wallabies, To be confirmed
It’s going to be an exciting first week blockbuster of the Rugby Championship where fans will not only watch the main event with the Men’s game.
But they also have the option to stay sitting inside ANZ Stadium for a bit longer with a whole night feast.
That’s where you can see the Australian Women’s Rugby team when they take on the Black Ferns.
Colossal credit to Rugby Australia on making this historic announcement into a reality.
We’ve seen that Men’s and Women’s matches doubleheader happen before in Cricket’s Twenty 20 Big Bash League.
Hopefully, it’s one of the first few steps for sports & rugby lovers to fill in seats at around over 80,000 at this world-class stadium in Homebush.
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