Ireland set up All Blacks date in the USA

They will play them in 2016

BY Raf Diallo 17:12 Tuesday 16 February 2016, 17:12 16 Feb 2016

Picture by ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland will take on the reigning Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand in November 2016 double-header.

The first test will take place in Soldier Field, Chicago on November 5th, with the second match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as part of the Guinness Series two weeks later.

Soldier Field is a 61,500 seater stadium which is home to NFL outfit the Chicago Bears. The match is part of "The Rugby Weekend” which will also see the USA Eagles take on the New Zealand Maori on Friday 4th November at Toyota Park.

Tickets for "The Rugby Weekend” will go on sale April 1.

Commenting on the announcement, Irish Rugby Football Union CEO, Philip Browne said, "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. 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."

USA Rugby CEO, Nigel Melville, believes that hosting high-profile countries like Ireland and New Zealand for an International Test Match will build further momentum for the popularity of the sport across the United States.

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

Ireland International Fixture

Ireland vs New Zealand
Soldier Field, Chicago,
Saturday 5th November KO 15:00 (Irish Time 21:00)

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