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2022 Women's International Defence Rugby Competition

New Zealand Defence Force hosts the first-ever women’s International Defence Rugby Competition from 7–25 October 2022.

Follow games live and stay up to date with fixtures and results right here.

In a thrilling line up, players from our military partners across the Pacific and around the world will face off in this 15-a-side rugby competition to bond, battle and ultimately fight for the right to call themselves the best.

Australia, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, United Kingdom, and Vanuatu are coming to Auckland, representing their countries and Defence Forces, reflecting how our Forces support our people to follow their sporting passions alongside their professional ones.

Get behind our Defence women, as we celebrate wahine toa (strong women) going head-to-head, bringing you the best in Defence women’s rugby – right here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What are you looking for? 

Pool A

New Zealand
Vanuatu & Papua New Guinea

Pool B

United Kingdom

Match Schedule

Round One 

Friday, 7 October
France vs New Zealand (live streamed) 1100
Tonga vs Vanuatu & PNG (live streamed) 1300
Australia vs Fiji 1300
United Kingdom Bye

Round Two 

Tuesday, 11 October
France vs Tonga (live streamed) 1100
New Zealand vs Vanuatu & PNG 1100
Australia vs United Kingdom (live streamed) 1300
Fiji Bye

Round Three 

Friday, 14 October
France vs Vanuatu & PNG 1100
New Zealand vs Tonga (live streamed) 1100
United Kingdom vs Fiji (live streamed) 1300
Australia Bye

Semi Finals 

Wednesday, 19 October
Semi-Final 1: 4th Place Pool A vs 3rd Place Pool B 1100
Semi-Final 2: Winner Pool B vs Runner Up Pool A (live streamed) 1100
Semi-Final 3: Winner Pool A vs Runner Up Pool B (live streamed) 1300
3rd Pool A Bye


Tuesday, 25 October
Plate Final: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs 3rd Place Pool A 1100
Bronze Final: Runner Up Semi-Final 2 vs Runner Up Semi-Final 3 (live streamed) 1100
IDRC Champions: Winner Semi-Final 2 vs Winner Semi-Final 3 (live streamed) 1300

The International Defence Rugby Competition is the first-ever 15-a-side Defence Women’s rugby competition. The New Zealand Defence Ferns prepare.

Follow the action

Watch live online

Select matches will be streamed live (check the match schedule above) and can be viewed from this page.

Watch later online

Matches that have been live streamed will be available to view later from this page. 

Be there live

All games are being played at College Rifles Rugby Club, Remuera, Auckland. Bring your friends and whānau along to the park and experience the thrill of top-level women's Defence rugby.

Connect on social media

Follow the NZ Defence Force Sport Facebook page (or search 'NZ Defence Force Sport on Facebook) for all the latest competition updates. You can also tag @NZDefenceForce on Instagram. 

Latest updates

Follow the NZ Defence Force Sport Facebook page (or search 'NZ Defence Force Sport on Facebook) for all the latest competition updates. 

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