Munster to play Maori All Blacks in November

Thomond Park will once again welcome a side from New Zealand

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Munster will once again welcome a side from New Zealand to Thomond Park in November as they take on a Maori All Black team.

The squad, made up of entirely of players of Maori heritage, will include a trip to Ireland on their world tour, which starts with a match against the USA Eagles in Chicago. 

Speaking to Munster's website, New Zealand Rugby Maori Board Chairman Wayne Peters highlighted that the makeup of the team is unique, and represents a different style to that of the World Cup winning team: "Any time the Maori All Blacks play overseas, they capture the imagination of fans with their exciting and entertaining style of rugby, together with their distinctive cultural identity.

"The Maori All Blacks players are great ambassadors for our culture," added Peters, "so fans will be in for a memorable rugby experience."

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald noted that it was an extremely exciting opportunity to welcome the team, and that the province had "the chance to hopefully replicate previous marvellous occasions that we had when hosting the All Blacks and Australia."

Tickets for the game go on sale on on Wednesday May 11th at 9am. 

Ireland will also take on the All Blacks this year as they face New Zealand in Chicago on November 5th, with another match up to follow on November 19th in Dublin.