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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.
Vanuatu & Papua New Guinea
All games are being played at College Rifles Rugby Club, Remuera, Auckland.
|Friday, 7 October|
|France 10 - 22 New Zealand||Winner: New Zealand||video replay|
|Tonga 78 - 0 Vanuatu & PNG||Winner: Tonga||video replay|
|Australia 5 - 65 Fiji||Winner: Fiji|
|Tuesday, 11 October|
|France 51 - 0 Tonga||Winner: France||video replay|
|New Zealand 96 - 5 Vanuatu & PNG||Winner: New Zealand|
|Australia 32 - 20 United Kingdom||Winner: Australia||video replay|
|Friday, 14 October|
|France 137 - 5 Vanuatu & PNG||Winner: France|
|New Zealand 72 - 0 Tonga||Winner: New Zealand||video replay|
|United Kingdom 10 - 17 Fiji||Winner: Fiji||video replay|
|Wednesday, 19 October|
|Vanuatu & PNG 5 - 91 United Kingdom||Winner: United Kingdom|
|Fiji 5 - 6 France||Winner: France||video replay|
|New Zealand 62 - 5 Australia||Winner: New Zealand||video replay|
|Tuesday, 25 October|
|Plate Final: United Kingdom 44 - 11 Tonga||Winner: United Kingdom|
|Bronze Final: Australia 28 - 36 Fiji||Winner: Fiji||video replay|
|IDRC Champions: New Zealand 8 - 9 France||Winner: France||video replay|
|IDRC Champions||France (French Armed Forces)|
|Silver Medal||New Zealand (New Zealand Defence Force)|
|Bronze Medal||Fiji (Republic of Fiji Military Forces)|
|Fourth Place||Australia (Australian Defence Force)|
|Plate||United Kingdom (United Kingdom Armed Forces)|
Select games will be streamed live (check the schedule above) and can be viewed right here once the games begin.
Games that have been live streamed will be available to view later from our video replay page.
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.
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.
Download the available event images here. All images must be credited NZDF.
Follow the NZ Defence Force Sport Facebook page (or search 'NZ Defence Force Sport on Facebook) for all the latest competition updates.
As New Zealand's Defence Force, we run deep. Our shared purpose and experiences forge unbreakable bonds. When you run with us, you'll work as part of a tight-knit team within the Navy, Army or Air Force, protecting your people, your country and the environment.Find out more
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