Black Ferns, Wallaroos set for two-Test series in New Zealand

The Wallaroos will travel to New Zealand for back-to-back Tests against the Black Ferns in September and October later this year.

The Black Ferns will host the Wallaroos in Christchurch on Sept. 26 and again the following week in Auckland on Oct. 3, the second Test to serve as a curtain-raiser to the All Blacks-Springboks clash at Eden Park.

The Wallaroos had been due to face Samoa in two Tests in July but COVID outbreaks in Sydney forced the postponement of that series. Rugby Australia says the matches against Samoa will however still take place, with the announcement on the fixtures expected in the coming weeks.

Still, Australia was able to run its Super W competition from which a national training squad was selected in what is a significant step towards next year's Rugby World Cup, also in New Zealand.

"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," Jilly Collins, Rugby Australia's general manager of women's rugby, said.

"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."

"We will also be announcing new dates for the rearranged PacificAus Sports Wallaroos Samoa Series shortly and I can't wait to see the Wallaroos in action again," Collins said.

The Australians have also recently been forced to start the recruitment of a new coaching team after both Dwayne Nestor and Matt Tink stepped down following an incident during the recent Super W series in Coffs Harbour.

Reports suggest the duo used "unacceptable language" during discussions about Wallaroos players.

RA says it hopes to have secured a new coaching team before September.