Fans will also be able to watch every clash online via RUGBY.com.au and the Rugby Xplorer App with season two of Buildcorp Super W set to reach more Australians than ever before.
Inaugural champions NSW Women will take on the Brumbies Women to headline the opening round of the 2019 Buildcorp Super W season, with the sides set to do battle at GIO Stadium, Canberra on Saturday February 23.
The clash will form the first half of a double-header with the Brumbies’ to face the Chiefs in Round Two of Vodafone Super Rugby.
The Melbourne Rebels Women will kick off their 2019 campaign against last year’s runners-up, Queensland Women, at Box Hill Rugby Club while a new look RugbyWA Women’s side have the bye.
Melbourne Rebels Women opening clash at Box Hill will mark one of five matches to be played at community rugby clubs throughout the season with games also set for Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, Leichhardt Oval in Sydney, Wanneroo Rugby Club in Western Australia and Anne Ashwood Park in Bathurst.
There will also be an additional Finals match in 2019 with a Grand Final Playoff between the second and third-placed teams on the table, who will play-off for a berth in the decider against the first-placed side.
Rugby Australia’s Chief Executive Raelene Castle said: “The hype of last year’s competition has brought forward a new era for Women’s Rugby in Australia, and we’ve seen a 20% increase in female XVs participation since Super W last year.
“That growth is part of the reason that all the clubs are taking matches back to their grassroots, to continue to promote the game and inspire our next generation of Buildcorp Wallaroos.
“The competition gives our players top level game time, week-in, week-out which will hold them in the best possible stead for an action-packed international calendar in 2019,” Castle said.Super W’s inaugural season last year drew unprecedented viewership to Women’s Rugby in Australia and that resulted in a significant spike in trialists across the competition this year.Queensland and RugbyWA both doubled their playing pool ahead of squad selection while Melbourne Rebels enjoyed a 150% rise and ultimately selected 14 new players in this year’s team.
2019 Buildcorp Super W Draw (all times local)
Brumbies Women v NSW Women*, Saturday 23 February, 5.00pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Melbourne Rebels Women v Queensland Women, Sunday 24 February, 3.00pm, Box Hill RFC, Melbourne
Queensland Women v RugbyWA Women*, Saturday 2 March, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brumbies Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, Sunday 3 March, 3.00pm, Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan
Melbourne Rebels Women v RugbyWA Women*, Friday 8 March, 5.00pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne
NSW Women v Queensland Women, Sunday 10 March, 3.00pm, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Queensland Women v Brumbies Women, Saturday 16 March, 5.00pm, Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
RugbyWA Women v NSW Women, Sunday 17 March, 3.30pm, Curtin University, Perth
RugbyWA Women v Brumbies Women, Sunday 24 March, 2.00pm, Wanneroo Rugby Club, WA
NSW Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, Sunday 24 March, 3.00pm, Anne Ashwood Park, Bathurst
Playoff on March 30/31
Grand Final on April 6/7