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Australia Women vs. New Zealand Women – The first of the two match August Tests between the Wallaroos and the Black Ferns will take place Saturday, August 18, in ANZ Stadium Sydney. These contests play for the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy. New Zealand are the reigning world champions having won the crown in Ireland last year. These two nations are also bidding for the Women’s Rugby World Cup next up in 2021.
South Africa vs. Argentina – The southern hemisphere championship commences this weekend with two matches. In Kings Park, Durbin, South Africa, the Springboks welcome Los Pumas. Historically, South Africa hold a 27-2-1 record against the Argentine opponent. In the past ten years, RSA are 10-2-1. These teams met in the bronze medal RWC match of 2015 when the Springboks prevailed.
Australia vs. New Zealand – The other southern hemisphere Test also will be played at ANZ Stadium when the Wallabies host the All Blacks in the first of two-matches. These fifteens started competitive play in 1903. The Kiwis dominate the Test rivalry with a 129-49-7 record. New Zealand, the number one ranked team in the world, have also been successful against Australia these past ten-years, winning 22, losing 4 with two draws.
Namibia vs. Kenya - The final of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup will be played Saturday in Namibia when the Weltwitschias host the Simbas for the right to advance into the RWC 2019 in Japan. Both nations are 4-0 from earlier rounds. The loser will move into the four-team Repechage in Marseille, France, this November for the last RWC 2019 placement.
Women's 7's Coach, Richie Walker Resigns - Walker's tenure ended. Under his ageis, the Eagle Women occasionally showed signs of brilliance but often ended up in fifth place throughout the tournaments. A fulltime replacement should be found before the start of the next season, which begins in Glendale in November. Everyone wishes Walker well.