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Ireland to face New Zealand twice in 2016

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 22:16 | Comments

New Zealand inflicted an agonising 24-22 defeat on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November 2013
New Zealand inflicted an agonising 24-22 defeat on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November 2013

Ireland will take on reigning world champions New Zealand twice in November, firstly in Chicago and then again in Dublin.

The All Blacks and Ireland will meet at Soldier Field - home of the Chicago Bears - on Saturday, 5 November before meeting again at Aviva Stadium in Dublin two weeks later.

The Windy City encounter forms part of The Rugby Weekend in the US, with the USA Eagles also slated to take on the New Zealand Maori on Friday, 4 November at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

Upon returning to Ireland, the squad will immediately gear up for the 2016 Guinness Series, which features another Test against New Zealand, a clash with World Cup runners-up Australia and a match against Canada.

Looking ahead to the games, Irish Rugby Football Union chief executive 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.

Saturday 5 November KO 15.00 (Irish Time 21.00)
Ireland v New Zealand
Soldier Field, Chicago,
 
2016 Guinness Series Fixtures
Saturday 12 November KO 17.00
Ireland v Canada 

Saturday 19 November KO 17.00
Ireland v New Zealand

Saturday 26 November KO 17.00
Ireland v Australia
 

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