Rugby: Black Ferns international return confirmed with two-test series against Australia

The Black Ferns will return to action in September, confirming a two test series against Australia.

New Zealand will host the Wallaroos in Christchurch on September 26, and again at Eden Park on October 2, as part of a double header with the All Blacks facing the Springboks.

The fixtures will be the Black Ferns' first since 2019, and give New Zealand's women's side vital match preparation leading into the Women's Rugby World Cup next year.

The Black Ferns are the current holders of the Women's Rugby World Cup, with the 2022 tournament to be held in New Zealand.

"Playing at home before next year's World Cup is vital. We are looking forward to hosting Australia and showing the New Zealand public a taste of what they can look forward to in 2022," NZR's head of women's rugby Cate Sexton says. 

"There is a wider group of Black Ferns that have been preparing for international rugby since January, they can't wait to get back out there in the black jersey to represent their families and provincial unions, but also put their best foot forward for World Cup selection. 

"It will be a wonderful occasion to return to Christchurch for a Test before what is sure to be a great series decided at Eden Park in October."

The two sides will square off for the O'Reilly Cup, currently held by New Zealand.

The Black Ferns will also take part in an end of year tour, with fixtures to be confirmed at a later date.