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Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super Rugby Women's pre-season trials

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8th March, 2024
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This week will see the 2024 professional rugby season start to ramp up, as Australia’s Super Rugby Pacific sides and Super W teams begin final preparations for their respective campaigns.

Over the next few weeks, sides will host multiple trials in preparation for their respective round-one kick-offs, with teams looking to brush off the cobwebs of the silly season and establish or build combinations to hit the ground running.

So, wait, who is playing who again in these trials? And where? Fear not. Head below to see what fixtures await in the Australian Super Rugby and Super W pre-season:

NOTE: some sections will be incomplete and subject to change as more details become available.

The Rebels will host the Waratahs in their first trial of 2024. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Melbourne Rebels

The trials season officially gets underway this Saturday, down in Melbourne. The Rebels men’s side will host two trials as Kevin Foote officially welcomes nine new faces to the Stockade for their first clash since their Japan exhibition match against the Hanazono Kintetsu Liners in October last year.

Kicking off at Moorabbin Rugby Club, the Rebels will host the Waratahs on Saturday, February 3rd, which could be the first time fans will be able to glimpse Taniela Tupou in Melbourne colours.

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Two weeks later and one week out from their opening round against the Brumbies at AAMI Park, the Rebels will welcome a fast-improving Fijian Drua side to Gosch’s Paddock.

Men’s fixtures

  • Melbourne Rebels 38-12 NSW Waratahs – Moorabbin Rugby Club, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Melbourne Rebels 26-21 Fijian Drua – Gosch’s Paddock, 16th February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)

The Melbourne Rebels Women’s side have two trials currently planned ahead of their opening round clash on March 15th against the Western Force in Perth, where they will welcome the Queensland Reds to Geelong as preparation for their season grows. 

Women’s fixtures

  • Melbourne Rebels 10-38 Western Force – Moorabbin Rams Rugby Football Club, 2nd March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Melbourne Rebels 17-24 Queensland Reds – Geelong Rugby Club, 9th March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
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Harry Wilson has been all smiles at Ballymore under new coach Les KIss. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Queensland Reds

While the Reds women will be heading on the road, the men will host two trials in back-to-back weeks ahead of their round one clash against the Waratahs. 

Les Kiss will be determined to build on last November’s victory at Ballymore against the Panasonic Wild Knights and ensure he hits the ground running in his new tenure, coming up against an unpredictable Western Force side.

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Following this, the Reds will welcome the Waratahs to Roma for a special fan event held across two days, the Santos Festival of Rugby. This festival will see both the men’s and women’s square off for pre-season bragging rights, the Santos Cup. The event will include junior rugby clinics, fan events, and musical performances from DJ Jonny Mac and Hot Dub Time Machine.

Men’s fixtures:

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  • Queensland Reds 19 – 21 Western Force – Ballymore, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)
  • Queensland Reds 32 – 7 NSW Waratahs – Gallas Fox Park, Roma, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)

The Women’s side have locked themselves in for three trials as they look to put past disappointments behind them and claim their maiden Super W title. In addition to their clash against the Waratahs in Roma and the Rebels in Geelong, they will also take on the Penina Pearls, and Oceania representative side in Ballymore in late February

Women’s fixtures

  • Queensland Reds 0-29 NSW Waratahs – Gallas Fox Park, Roma, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)
  • Queensland Reds 17-7 Penina Pearls – Ballymore, 24th February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Melbourne Rebels 17-24 Queensland Reds – Geelong Rugby Club, 9th March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)

The Reds pre-season matches will be streamed on Stan Sport.

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Caitlyn Halse of the Waratahs passes the ball during the Super W match between Melbourne Rebels Women and NSW Waratahs Women at AAMI Park, on April 21, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Halse of the Waratahs passes the ball during the Super W match between Melbourne Rebels Women and NSW Waratahs Women at AAMI Park, on April 21, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

NSW Waratahs

After a relatively quiet pre-season which saw their team play one session against a NSW Pasifika side, the Tahs are set to have a busy pre-season, kicking off with their clash against the Rebels in Moorabbin this Saturday.

After travelling to Roma, the main squad will remain in Queensland ahead of their round one clash, while an extended ‘A’ squad will return to Sydney for a joint clash with the Warringah Rats and Manly Marlins at Rat Park. 

The Tahs will also have a U/18s Academy clash at Concord Oval on March 2nd, playing against the Queensland Reds Academy. 

Men’s fixtures:

  • Melbourne Rebels 38-12 NSW Waratahs – Moorabbin Rugby Club, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Queensland Reds 32 – 7 NSW Waratahs – Gallas Fox Park, Roma, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)
  • NSW Waratahs ‘A’ vs (10-0 win) Warringah Rats & (7-7 draw) Manly Marlins – Rat Park, Warriewood, 17th February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
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The Waratahs Women’s side will be having an extremely busy pre-season, with four trials currently in the mix. Following their trip to Roma for the Festival of Rugby, the Tahs will host the Brumbies, the Tokyo Phoenix representative side, and finish with a clash on the Gold Coast between an Oceania representative side. 

Women’s fixtures: 

  • Queensland Reds 0-29 NSW Waratahs – Gallas Fox Park, Roma, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)
  • NSW Waratahs 41-7 ACT Brumbies – Harlequins, Campbelltown Showground, 24th February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • NSW Waratahs 44-0 Tokyo Phoenix – Concord Oval, 2nd March 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on NSW Rugby TV)
  • NSW Waratahs 49-7 Penina Pasifika – Bond University, Gold Coast, 9th March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)

Corey Toole of the Brumbies kicks ahead to score a try during the round 12 Super Rugby Pacific match between ACT Brumbies and Highlanders at GIO Stadium, on May 14, 2023, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

ACT Brumbies

The Brumbies will travel across Australia for their pre-season, kicking off at Canberra’s spiritual home of club rugby at Viking Park for a doubleheader clash involving both their men’s and women’s sides, with the men taking on the Fijian Drua.

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Following this, Stephen Larkham’s men will make the journey west to take on the Western Force. 

Men’s fixtures

  • ACT Brumbies 43-40 Fijian Drua – Viking Park, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – watch highlights and broadcast on Brumbies Rugby and Bar TV Sports)
  • Western Force 20-22 ACT Brumbies – Revo Fitness Stadium, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – watch highlights on Force TV)

The Brumbies Women meanwhile will enjoy three trials ahead of a tough first-round clash against the Waratahs, playing Hong Kong China at home as part of the doubleheader, before hopping on the road to play the Tahs in Campbelltown and a Pasifikia XV side on the Gold Coast.

Women’s fixtures

  • ACT Brumbies 33-19 Hong Kong China – Viking Park, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – watch highlights on Brumbies Rugby)
  • NSW Waratahs 41-7 ACT Brumbies – Harlequins, Campbelltown Showground, 24th February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • ACT Brumbies 32-19 Penina Pasifika – Bond University, Gold Coast, 2 March 2024 (COMPLETE – watch highlights on Brumbies Rugby)
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The Brumbies will be streaming their Viking Park clashes on Bar TV Sports.

Trilleen Pomare of the Force passes the ball during the Super W match between Western Force and ACT Brumbies Women at HBF Park, on April 22, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Trilleen Pomare of the Force passes the ball during the Super W match between Western Force and ACT Brumbies Women at HBF Park, on April 22, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Western Force

Finally, the Force will also be making a trek across the Nullarbor, kicking off their pre-season at Ballymore against the Queensland Reds, before returning to Revo Fitness Stadium in Claremont to face the Brumbies as part of a Western Force fan day, ahead of their round one home clash against the Hurricanes.

Men’s fixtures

  • Queensland Reds 19 – 21 Western Force – Ballymore, 3rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – Watch highlights on Stan Sport)
  • Western Force 20-22 ACT Brumbies – Revo Fitness Stadium, 10th February 2024 (COMPLETE – watch highlights on Force TV)
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The Women’s side will be welcoming a plethora of international stars but will be staying in Perth for their pre-season ahead of their home clash against the Rebels. They will welcome the Tokyo Phoenix for two fixtures in Perth as part of their new agreement, before a final fixture against the Rebels ahead of round one.

Women’s fixtures

  • Western Force 14-24 Tokyo Sankyu Phoenix – HBF Park, 23rd February 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Melbourne Rebels 10-38 Western Force – Moorabbin Rams Rugby Football Club, 2nd March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
  • Western Force 77-0 Queensland Country – Success Regional Facility, 9th March 2024 (COMPLETE – No broadcast available)
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