New Trans Tasman series dates locked in

by Lachlan Williams

After several delays caused by COVID complications, new dates have been finalised for a much anticipated Trans Tasman Test Series.

The Australian Jackaroos will return to the green for the first time in more than two years from June 4-6 this year, taking on rivals New Zealand at the Gold Coast’s Club Tamborine Mountain.

The Jackaroos last competed as a unit at the most recent Trans Tasman series, way back in February 2020.

A series was originally scheduled to take place at Tamborine Mountain in early March this year, but was postponed due to changing COVID travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand.

The series will serve as an important warm-up event ahead of the Commonwealth Games to commence at Birmingham in late July.

Green speeds at Tamborine Mountain will mimic those likely to be faced in the UK, running much slower than usual for the Gold Coast.

Teams of five men, five women as well as para disciplines will battle it out during the series.

National coach Gary Willis said he is excited to see the series able to go ahead despite previous difficulties.

“This has been a long time coming, and I know our players are really keen to get back out there in the green and gold,” Willis said.

“Only about six weeks before the Commonwealth Games, this will be a great chance to test ourselves in similar conditions; we can’t wait.”