Australia v Japan: What you need to know.

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The three-game-friendly series between Australia and Japan is set to tip-off this Friday night, in what will be the first time these two nations take to the court since Japan knocked out Australia at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in a two-point thriller.

What you need to know:

Australia will rotate through a local line-up throughout this series, providing a chance for some fresh names to impress selectors and push for a spot in the final World Cup team come September. With Sandy Brondello in the thick of coaching New York Liberty in the WNBA, Cheryl Chambers will coach the Opals over the coming weekend.

Australia will take the 12-player team who have attended camp this week through to the friendlies. Zitina Aokuso was a last-minute withdrawal with illness.


Friday 27 May                  Quaycentre                                                   7.30pm
Sunday 29 May                Quaycentre                                                   3.00pm
Tuesday 31 May               Newcastle Entertainment Centre            7.30pm


All three games will be broadcast via ESPN, Fox Sports and Kayo. International fans will be able to tune in via Sky NZ, Fetch and FIBA YouTube live stream.


Tickets are still available for purchase here.