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Published: 08:26 | 17/2/16

Ireland to meet All Blacks twice


Ireland will play World champions New Zealand twice in November 2016, the IRFU has confirmed.

Joe Schmidt's men will meet the All-Blacks on Saturday, November 5, at Soldier Field in Chicago in a one-off Test match, which is part of the 'The Rugby Weekend'.

Ireland will return to Dublin for their opening Guinness Series fixture against Canada the following weekend before renewing rivalry with the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 19.

"There is a huge population in the USA who are proud of their Irish heritage as well as large numbers of Irish who have migrated more recently to live and work in the USA," IRFU CEO Philip Browne commented.

"We know that many of these people are Irish rugby fans and we look forward to seeing them pack out the stadium, alongside some of our passionate travelling fans as we take on the World champions, New Zealand.

"Ireland rugby fans on both sides of the Atlantic will have the opportunity to see their team take on some of the very best sides in World rugby in November 2016."

The match will take place at the 61,500-seater stadium, which is home to the Chicago Bears, and USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville believes the game will help boost the sport's image in America.

"We are looking forward to another fabulous weekend for rugby in the United States with our return to Chicago in November," he said.

"The city and its fans have shown the world how passionate they are about the sport, and we think this weekend will again take the game's popularity to another level."

'The Rugby Weekend' will also see the USA Eagles take on the New Zealand Maori on Friday, November 4 at Toyota Park.

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