The All Blacks and Black Ferns double-header in Sydney is coming

by Catherine Woulfe / 11 August, 2018
Black Fern Marcelle Parks. Photo/Getty Images

Marcelle Parks. Photo/Getty Images

Saturday’s a big day at Sydney’s ANZ stadium, with the Black Ferns and the All Blacks taking on Aussie back-to-back. The Black Ferns are defending the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy in the first of two matches (Sky Sport 1, 6.30pm). Among eight new caps, watch for 20-year-old forward Marcelle Parks – named to the squad after a brilliant debut playing sevens for Wellington (she has also represented New Zealand in softball and netball). “We’re looking forward to seeing what she can achieve in a Black Ferns jersey,” said head coach Glenn Moore.

Sky’s coverage rolls through to the All Blacks at 9.00pm, hoping to hang on to the Bledisloe Cup that’s been ours since 2003. Much-missed skipper Kieran Read is back on board after sitting out the French tests to recover from back surgery. Prime follows with the freebie at 11.30pm.

The night will also see Radio Sport's first ever live commentary of the Black Ferns in the Laurie O'Reilly Memorial Trophy match. The station will also be airing coverage of the All Blacks.

This article was first published in the August 18, 2018 issue of the New Zealand Listener.

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