Wellington’s Sky Stadium is pleased to be hosting the Black Ferns for one of their eight Test matches in 2020 - including seven at home - giving fans in the Capital a great opportunity to cheer on the women in black.
In August the O’Reilly Cup (formerly the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy) Tests will see the Black Ferns play Australia at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne (8 August), and at Sky Stadium in Wellington (15 August). Both Trans-Tasman Tests will be double-header events including the All Blacks contesting the Bledisloe Cup.
New Zealand Rugby’s Head of Women’s Rugby, Cate Sexton said the eight-match Test schedule was unprecedented for Black Ferns fans in New Zealand and gave them a taste of what to expect in 2021.
“This is an extra special year for local fans because in the past most Black Ferns Test matches have been played overseas.
“We’ve seen a massive groundswell of support for the team from around New Zealand in recent times, and this year fans have more opportunities than ever before to cheer on the Black Ferns in person."
Sky Stadium Chief Executive Shane Harmon said the fixture will be an important one for both Wellington and the venue.
“We have a strong commitment to increasing the number of women’s sports events at the Stadium, and with this game, will have hosted either standalone or double header fixtures here for our national women’s rugby, football and cricket teams.”
“We look forward to having a strong crowd for both double-header games, giving Wellingtonians an opportunity to get behind both of our national Rugby teams.”
The first Black Ferns Test squad for 2020 will be named closer to the first matches.
Sky Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, 15 August
Black Ferns v Australia (and All Blacks v Australia)
Kick-off: 4.30pm (NZT)