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Black Ferns add Eden Park Test to Rugby World Cup buildup

Aug 29, 2022

The match will be part of a double header with the All Blacks and Australia and marks the first time the Black Ferns have played the Japanese national team, known as the Sakura Fifteen.

Black Ferns Director of Rugby Wayne Smith said the opportunity to play on Eden Park, two weeks out from the World Cup opener at the same ground, will be invaluable.

“We saw Japan beat Australia earlier this year so know they are a team that is building, we are really grateful to have some strong opposition before we start the World Cup. Playing our first Test against them, at Eden Park, will be a great occasion,” said Smith.

Japan Coach Lesley McKenzie commented, “This test match is a tremendous opportunity for us, and the invitation from New Zealand is testament to the progress the team has made since we first gathered in 2019. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to test ourselves against the world’s best, and we hope Japan will get behind us in this warm-up for Rugby World Cup.”

Black Ferns v Japan
Saturday 24 September, kick off 4.30pm
Eden Park