Rugby Australia has confirmed dates for the Wallabies’ much-anticipated clash with England later this year, as well as Tests for the Wallaroos against Fijiana and Japan next month.
The England series will start a week earlier than planned and culminate with the first rugby union test at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1986.
The first match of the eToro England Series will be held at Perth’s Optus Stadium in Perth on July 2, the second match at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 9 and the third match at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 16.
The first test of the hit series is only the second time the two sides have met in Western Australia. The first was in 2010 with the home side coming away with a 27-17 win.
In Brisbane, the Wallabies will look to extend their 10-game winning streak at Suncorp, including two wins to claim last year’s series win over France and a 13-point win over World Cup holders rugby, South Africa.
MEETING OF THE WALLABIES 2022
Sydney’s test will be the city’s first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wallaroos will play their first Tests since 2019, with matches in Brisbane and the Gold Coast kicking off their Rugby World Cup preparations for the year.
They meet Fijiana for the first time at Suncorp Stadium in a double-header on Friday May 6, ahead of the Reds’ clash against Highlanders Super Rugby Pacific.
Four days later they face Japan at Bond University, Gold Coast, in a key final ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year.
Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement: “We are delighted to announce these successful international fixtures for the Wallabies and Wallaroos in what is an important year for both our teams as we continue to progress. towards key milestones in our playing calendars. 2022 will be an exciting year for rugby in Australia and for all Australians to support their two national teams.
“The international window kicks off with the Wallaroos having a huge year ahead of them. These first Tests against Fijiana and Japan will be an important series of matches for the ladies to mark the rest of the year and to continue the momentum of the Super W competition. These two matches coupled with the Pacific Four Test series in New Zealand and ending with their final home test against New Zealand will be key to their preparations for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year.
“As we play and prepare our ladies for their internationals, we look forward to welcoming England and Eddie [Jones] back in Australia in July for what will be a highlight of the Australian sporting calendar in 2022. As we have a few wrongs to right since our meeting in November last year, both teams will be looking to build momentum leading up to the RWC 2023 and to define some clear markers.
“Being able to host them in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, the latter of which have not seen the Wallabies play live since 2019, is a really exciting opportunity for all Australians and those visiting from overseas.
“The rivalry between Australia and England runs deep in many sports, and we look forward to writing another chapter in its history in July.”
Wallabies manager Dave Rennie added: “It’s hugely exciting to have the eToro England Series here at home to kick off our 2022 season.”
“We talk a lot about wanting to challenge ourselves against the best teams in the world and three consecutive Test matches against England are the perfect opportunity to do so.
“It’s always special when Australia and England meet in the sporting arena and we can’t wait to see plenty of gold shirts in the stands in July.
“There aren’t many more important Tests in World Rugby than when the Wallabies take on England and we can’t wait to see plenty of gold shirts in the stands in July.”
Wallaroos head coach Jay Tregonning said: “There has been a tremendous amount of preparation for these upcoming Test matches and the group of players, as well as the coaching staff, are looking forward to getting their domestic campaign going again. ”
“Over the past two years the entire women’s program has been building towards the next Wallaroos Test season and these upcoming games are a crucial part of our preparation for the Rugby World Cup.
“We have seen some high quality matches in Buildcorp Super W this year and performances in this competition will play a big part in determining team selections for these matches.
“Playing against two strong nations like Japan and Fiji is hugely important to gain experience as a group against different styles of rugby.
“Seeing an expansive style of play has been a joy to watch from Fijiana Drua this year in Buildcorp Super W and we’re sure to see the same when we face the Fiji national team in this series.”
Tickets for Wallaroos matches are on sale now.
For Wallabies matches, Wallaby First members can purchase tickets from midday Tuesday AEST, Super Rugby Pacific members have access from Monday and general public sales open April 28.
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