A Wallaroos and Wallabies double header on July 6 headlines a jampacked international season on home soil as Rugby Australia confirms their inbound Test fixtures for 2024.
In a year where the team will play in the four most populated cities in Australia, the Wallabies welcome Wales back to home soil for the first time in more than a decade with the first of a two-Test series being held at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on July 6.
The match will follow the Wallaroos clash against Fijiana at the same venue, with the women in gold looking to build on their strong finish to their 2023 campaign where they recorded wins over France and Wales in the inaugural WXV tournament.
Prior to the Fijiana Test, the Wallaroos will compete in the 2024 Pacific Four Series, with home fixtures against Canada at Allianz Stadium on May 11 and the United States of America at AAMI Park in Melbourne on May 17, both double headers with Super Rugby Pacific fixtures.
In what will be the most Tests on home soil for the side in a calendar year (four), their final inbound international will see them run out at the newly renovated Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane against current Rugby World Cup holders New Zealand on July 14 in the second O’Reilly Cup Test for 2024.
With the Wallabies looking to move on from a disappointing 2023 season, the side’s second Test against Wales will be held one week later at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Saturday July 13. The Wallabies will need to win the series against Warren Gatland’s side to regain the James Bevan Trophy.
A week later the Wallabies will return to Allianz Stadium against another 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool C opponent in Georgia. It will be the first time ever the Wallabies and the Lelos have met outside of a Rugby World Cup.
In a massive win for Rugby fans in Australia, the 2024 Rugby Championship will see back-to-back Rugby World Cup Champions South Africa play the Wallabies twice in Australia, with the first meeting between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on August 10.
The two sides will then cross the country, with the return match against Siya Kolisi’s Springboks to be held at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday August 17.
The Wallabies sixth and final Test on home soil next year sees New Zealand return to Sydney’s Accor Stadium on September 21 for the first Bledisloe Cup Test of 2024. The All Blacks having last played in the Harbour City back in 2020.
Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh said: “We’re thrilled to announce a massive international season next year for the Wallaroos and the Wallabies on home soil with 10 Tests in total across the two teams.”
“It’s particularly pleasing to know we are going to host Test matches in the four largest cities in Australia as we continue to invest in making the game more accessible to more Australians.
“We’re continuing to honour our commitment to grow the women’s game, with the Wallaroos set to play their highest number of Tests on home soil in a calendar year in 2024 against world-class oppositions at first-class stadiums.
“The Wallabies will be looking for a reset this year, with Joe Schmidt to lead them against four high-quality Test opponents on home soil, including Georgia who we look forward to welcoming to Australia for the first time.
“To be able to host a double header in Sydney with both teams at Allianz Stadium will be a highlight on the Australian sporting calendar in 2024, while having the World Champion Springboks play two Tests here is a massive win for all Rugby supporters and sports fans in Australia.
“Rugby Australia would like to thank our Principal Partners Cadbury, along with all other commercial partners, including our broadcaster Stan and Nine for their ongoing support. We’d also like to thank all our State Government partners for their continued support in delivering world-class live sporting events here on home soil.”
Quotes attributed to Destination NSW:
"Wallabies Test Matches in 2024 to be played at Allianz Stadium and Accor Stadium are proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW."
Quote to be attributed to Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, the Hon. Steve Dimopoulos:
“We’re excited to host home tests for the Wallaroos and Wallabies this year and look forward to welcoming rugby fans from near and far to Melbourne – the nation’s events capital.”
“We're proud to back these epic rugby events which showcase our city to an international audience and boost the profile of the game.”
Queensland Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Healy said hosting the Wallaroos and Wallabies in Queensland is sure to attract passionate crowds.
“Hosting both the current women’s and men’s Rugby World Cup Champions is a major coup for Queensland and a great opportunity for our state’s rugby community to see top-flight international matches in true rugby heartland.
“The combined events are expected to attract thousands of international and intrastate fans who will stay more than 36,000 nights and inject over $10 million into the Queensland visitor economy.
“It is further evidence that Brisbane is a world-class sporting and events destination where visitors can extend their stay and go on to enjoy all that the city and this great state has to offer.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said world-class events like this support Brisbane’s reputation as a global sporting destination.
“Brisbane is the nation’s newest sporting capital and we are thrilled to offer visitors and residents world-class entertainment in the heart of our vibrant city,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Adding to a huge roster of major events this year, securing these test matches are a win for sporting fans and our city as it will generate millions of dollars in economic benefits to local Brisbane businesses, including our hotels, restaurants and tourism operators.
“With an unrivalled visitor experience, Brisbane just keeps getting better and we hope spectators and players soak up the action on and off the field as they enjoy everything beautiful Brisbane has to offer.”
Quote to be attributed to Western Australian Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Transport: Tourism, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA:
“The WA Government proudly supports Rugby Australia in hosting our national team, the Wallabies, and the reigning world champions, the Springboks in August this year.
“Optus Stadium is a prime venue to host this blockbuster match, especially with the upcoming resumption of non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Perth, which will be in the air by August, ready to bring South African rugby fans to our state.
“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of thousands of out-of-state fans for the Wallabies vs. Springboks, for what is set to be one of the standout sporting events of the year.”
Tickets are on sale for the 2024 Home Tests at midday (AEST) on the following days:
Monday April 8: 2024 Wallabies First Members Wednesday April 10: Team Rugby, Super Rugby club members pre-sale Friday April 12: General Public
For first access to 2024 Home Tests, sign up as a Wallabies First Member at: https://membership.wallabies.rugby/. Memberships on sale now.
Hospitality and travel packages for the 2024 Home Tests are on sale now.
Wallaroos v Canada, Saturday May 11 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Wallaroos v USA, Friday May 17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
Wallaroos v Fiji, Saturday July 6 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Wallaroos v New Zealand, Sunday July 14, Ballymore, Brisbane
Wallabies v Wales, Saturday July 6 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Wallabies v Wales, Saturday July 13 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
Wallabies v Georgia, Saturday July 20 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday August 10 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday August 17 at Optus Stadium, Perth
Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday September 21 at Accor Stadium, Sydney