Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and Wallaroos captain Ash Hewson ahead of this weekend's double header at Eden Park.
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and Wallaroos captain Ash Hewson ahead of this weekend's double header at Eden Park. Mark Metcalfe

Wallaroos bid to end Black Ferns hoodoo

RUGBY UNION: And you thought the Wallabies had it tough tomorrow facing the All Blacks at a venue where they haven't won in 30 years.

In the curtain-raiser to that Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park, the Aussie women, the Wallaroos, face the hosts, the Black Ferns - a team they have never beaten, having lost all 12 Tests dating back to 1994.

In what will be the first double-header for the two nations, the Wallaroos will field six debutants in their starting 15.

Captain Ash Hewson (pictured) said the side took confidence from a 21-19 win over the Auckland Storm earlier this week.

"It was a pretty physical game and that's good preparation for what we will get on Saturday,” she said.

"It was a real eye-opener for some of our debutants who have never faced that before. Taking on the Black Ferns at Eden Park is going to be a great challenge but the team is really excited by the opportunity to play New Zealand and we can't wait.”


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