In an age where Trans-Tasman rugby wins are scarce for Australia, there is hope officials can do enough to fend off New Zealand and claim the right to stage the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup. We've been thinking about this for a year, we've got a team that's put forward a really good bid.
The world's best women rugby players are coming to New Zealand.
It is believed that numerous nations competing in the tournament, including the four home nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, backed Australia's bid but numerous nations without a qualified team including South Africa and Argentina voted for New Zealand.
He says World Rugby has extended it now so there are better gaps between games.
The Wellington test match will effectively be a dress rehearsal of the All Blacks and South Africa's much-anticipated opening pool match of Rugby World Cup in Japan in September.
New Zealand won their fifth Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 after they beat England 41-32 in a pulsating final at Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, in Belfast.
With next year's Rugby Championship condensed due to the global tournament, it will be the only chance the two teams get to size each other up ahead of the World Cup.
NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew praised the Australian bid.
Either way, the ninth edition of the tournament will be the first staged in the southern hemisphere.
Meanwhile, the Black Ferns will again serve as the curtain-raiser against Australia at Eden Park before the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies.
Matches will be played at the 5000-capacity Waitakere Stadium in Auckland and Whangarei's Northland Events Centre, as well as the 25,000-capacity Albany Stadium and Eden Park, which hosted the men's Rugby World Cup 2011 final.
Since then, with the exception of 2006, when it was staged in Canada, the tournament has always taken place in Europe.
New Zealand won a record fifth women's Rugby World Cup title past year in Ireland, beating England 41-32 in the final.
Wellington Rugby acting CEO Matt Evans said he was excited to be welcoming South Africa back to the city in what is an important year.