Waratahs Women to take on Super Rugby Aupiki Champs in NZ pre-season tour

The NSW Waratahs Women’s team will head to New Zealand for a five-day pre-season tour ahead of their 2023 Buildcorp Super W campaign.The Waratahs Women will play a 30-minute match against reigning Super Rugby Aupiki Champions Chiefs Manawa and the Blues, ahead of their respective men’s teams’ trial at Navigation Homes Stadium Pukekohe on Friday 17 February.The matches against the Super Rugby Aupiki teams provide the Waratahs with a high-quality hit-out and the opportunity to build valuable connections ahead of their quest to reclaim their Buildcorp Super W crown.NSW Waratahs Women’s Head Coach Campbell Aitken was delighted for his team to test themselves against their New Zealand counterparts.“This tour is massively beneficial for our program as it’s the first time we’ve had the opportunity to get away as a team during the pre-season,” Campbell said.“It’s a huge year for us as we’re desperately trying to get our trophy back, and this tour provides us with the chance for our team to test themselves against players they’ve never played before.“This tour is something that the Waratahs tried to get across the line last year – we reached out to the NZL franchises last year to try and get some matches in, but unfortunately COVID travel restrictions put paid to that.“We can’t wait to get over there, bring the two competitions closer together, and challenge ourselves in a different environment.”Fixture Details – Friday 17 February Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe:Gates Open: 2.15pm (NZT)Women's Kick Off: 2.40pm (NZT)Blues vs WaratahsChiefs Manawa vs BluesChiefs Manawa vs WaratahsMen's Kick Off: 6pm (NZT)Chiefs vs BluesClick Here: soccer jerseys