The draw for the 2020 Buildcorp Super W season has been confirmed today, as pre-season preparations for the NSW Waratahs Women ramp up.
The announcement comes just a week after Campbell Aitken trimmed his preliminary squad, nominating his final 30 players for 2020.
The NSW Waratahs Women will open their title defence on the road to the Rebels on Friday 14 February, followed with a Bye in Round 2.
They’ll play the Brumbies at Bankwest Stadium in Round 3 in their only double-header on home soil, before a trip to Queensland to take on the Reds in Round 4.
The season will finish against Rugby WA at Sydney University alongside the Australian Club Championship fixture being hosted by the Students.
Aitken said he was happy with his side’s draw for the 2020 season and indicated work was underway to secure additional games.
“We’re pretty comfortable with the draw this year, a couple of double-headers and some stand-alone games which is great for everyone,” Aitken said.
“We’ve got some trial games locked in and we’re in the process of securing a game during our Bye [Round 2], which would be a real positive – allowing us to play week-in-week-out across the season.”
The NSW Waratahs Women will face traditional rivals the QLD Reds on the road this season, heading to Ballymore in a re-match of the 2019 Grand Final.
“We know we’re playing them away this year but it’s not something I like to pay too much attention to, it’s more about where it falls within our run of games during the season.
“We’ve just got to concentrate on what we’re doing and I just look at that as the third game [of our season] more than anything.”
Aitken was looking forward to playing out of Sydney University to finish the regular season, coinciding with the Australian Club Championship.
“We’ve got a number of players from Sydney University so it probably helps us being in familiar surrounds and there should be a good crowd in for that one,” Aitken added.
NSW Waratahs Women’s 2020 Super W draw:
Round 1: Rebels v NSW Waratahs, AAMI Park, 4.35pm
Round 2: BYE
Round 3: NSW Waratahs v Brumbies, Bankwest Stadium 4.35pm
Round 4: Reds v NSW Waratahs, Ballymore, 3pm
Round 5: NSW Waratahs v Rugby WA, Sydney University, 3.25pm
2nd v 3rd Playoff: Saturday 21 March
Grand Final: Saturday 28 March