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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.

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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 and results

All games are being played at College Rifles Rugby Club, Remuera, Auckland.

Round One 

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   
United Kingdom Bye  

Round Two 

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
Fiji Bye  

Round Three 

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
Australia   Bye

Semi Finals 

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
Tonga   Bye


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

Competition results

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)
New Zealand catch the ball during a line out in their round two bout against Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea New Zealand running the ball to the try line in their first match of the competition against France. New Zealand fends off the defence of Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea in their round two match in Auckland.

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

Watch the games

Watch live online

Select games will be streamed live (check the schedule above) and can be viewed right here once the games begin.

Watch later online

Games that have been live streamed will be available to view later from our video replay 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. 


Download the available event images here. All images must be credited NZDF. 

Opening Ceremony

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Media release and stories

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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