Wallaroos to face Japan in historic two-test series

Photo: AJF Photography


The Wallaroos’ burgeoning footprint on Australian rugby is set to receive another timely boost, with the announcement of a two-test series on home soil against Japan this July.

The games, to be played at Newcastle No.2 Sports Ground on Saturday 13th July, and North Sydney Oval on Friday 19th July, add to the two-test series already in place against New Zealand in August. And with one of those trans-Tasman clashes taking place in Perth, this means 2019 will be the first year ever that the Australian Women’s XV side have played three tests in their own country.

“We look forward to welcoming Japan for an historic Test series against our Buildcorp Wallaroos in July, an occasion made possible thanks to the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW,” said Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle.

“We are committed to providing more high-quality fixtures for our Buildcorp Wallaroos and giving rugby fans, particularly aspiring young girls, more exposure to the stars of our women’s game to inspire the next generation. This series is another step on that journey. 

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The Wallaroos celebrate a try against New Zealand in Sydney last August – Photo: AJF Photography

“We are also excited to announce the opening match of the series will be played in Newcastle, which continues to prove itself as a passionate hub for Women’s Rugby,” she continued.

“The second match will be played at North Sydney Oval, which has witnessed some famous achievements in women’s sport as well as club rugby in recent years, and was also the venue for the first ever Buildcorp Wallaroos Test match back in 1994.”

Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo.

Ticketing information will be confirmed at a later date.



Saturday 13th July
Australia v Japan, Newcastle Sportsground No.2, Newcastle
Friday 19th July
Australia v Japan, North Sydney Oval, Sydney

Saturday 10th August
Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth
Saturday 17th August
Australia v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland

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