Fixtures and venues have been now been set it stone for the 2021 Buildcorp Super W season, thanks to support from the NSW Government's Regional Events Acceleration Fund.
The opening round will feature fixtures in Brisbane and Queanbeyan, before the tournament shifts to C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour, on New South Wales’ mid-north coast.
Each Buildcorp Super W team will play three fixtures against the opponents outside of their pool ahead of a Finals day on Saturday 3 July in Coffs Harbour.
The NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund supports growing regional centres, while boosting local economies and communities.
Stan Sport have also confirmed that every match of Super W will be ad-free, live and on demand.
Rugby Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Marinos said: “We are really excited to announce Buildcorp Super W 2021 and are delighted to be hosting a festival of rugby style tournament in Coffs Harbour.”
"On behalf of Rugby Australia and the entire Rugby community, I want to thank the NSW Government for their support. It is yet another example of the NSW Government's ongoing support of the game in NSW."
“The Buildcorp Super W competition is a major tournament for female athletes to establish themselves at the national level before competing for higher honours. It's incredibly important for junior players to see their heroes and mentors compete in the flesh, to inspire the next generation."
“In full consultation with the teams, we made a decision to alter the format and dates of the competition for this year. The changes are mainly due to the unique nature of the season, with a need to help prepare our national teams for the Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup 2021.
"We were also very conscious of the COVID-19 environment and the format deliberately reduces interstate travel.
“With the Olympic Games taking place in July 2021, it was important that the Aon Uni Sevens Series was played earlier in the year, ahead of Buildcorp Super W.
“Whilst the Rugby World Cup has been postponed for twelve months, we are still excited to see our Buildcorp Wallaroos back in action this season playing two Tests against Samoa in July,” Marinos said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund is designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.
“Hosting major events like the Super W Rugby Tournament supports Coffs Harbour’s visitor economy by putting more heads on beds and filling local restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions, all of which helps drive regional NSW’s economic recovery from drought, floods, bushfire and COVID-19,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is the first time a President’s XV team will join the national competition, and with matches being broadcast live on Stan Sport this will put women’s rugby, Coffs Harbour’s world class facilities and the region firmly in the spotlight.
“Events like rugby union’s Super W supports female athletes to participate in sport across all levels and seeing some of rugby’s best players at the top of their game helps to encourage girls and women to take-up and stay in the sports and activities they enjoy and want to play, including codes once dominated by males.”
Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said: “Having such a top-flight rugby competition - featuring female players at the very top of their game - coming to C.ex Coffs International Stadium is fantastic for the city, the region, the fans and local players.”
“This is the first time that a major women’s rugby tournament has come to Coffs Harbour and it’s yet another endorsement of our amazing stadium and its staff. "
“I’m particularly delighted for local players and the code’s fans who will be able to enjoy seeing the best in their sport on their own doorstep.”
“Coffs Harbour is a natural home for women in sport and events like this allow us to inspire women of all generations to be what they can see.”
Stan's Acting Chief Executive Martin Kugeler said: “Some of the best Women’s Rugby players in the world call the Super W home and we can’t wait for the 2021 season to kick off exclusively on Stan Sport."
“We are proud to support Australia’s premier domestic Women’s tournament as it continues to grow, bringing Australian Rugby fans every match live and on demand on Stan Sport.”
2021 Buildcorp Super W Pools
Brumbies, Queensland Reds, Western Force
President’s XV, Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs
2021 Buildcorp Super W draw (all times local)
Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs, Saturday 19 June, kick off 1:30pm, Easts Rugby Club, Brisbane
Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels, Saturday 19 June, kick off 3:00pm, Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan
Western Force v President’s XV, Thursday 24 June, 2:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Brumbies v President’s XV, Sunday 27 June, 11:00am, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds, Sunday 27 June, 1:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
NSW Waratahs v Western Force, Sunday 27 June, 3:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Western Force v Melbourne Rebels, Wednesday 30 June, 11:00am, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Queensland Reds v President’s XV, Wednesday 30 June, 1:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
NSW Waratahs v Brumbies, Wednesday 30 June, 3:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
3 Pool A v 3 Pool B, Saturday 3 July, 9:00am, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
2 Pool A v 2 Pool B, Saturday 3 July, 11:00am, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
1 Pool A v 1 Pool B, Saturday 3 July, 1:00pm, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour