Irish coach Andy Farrell has confirmed that Ireland will travel to New Zealand for a three-Test tour in the summer of 2022.
The series comes ten years on from Ireland's first three-Test tour of New Zealand, which resulted in no victories for the side managed by Declan Kidney.
News of the trip came as Farrell was reacting to the World Cup 2023 draw, which saw Ireland named in a group alongside world champions South Africa and Scotland. In outlining the journey towards France 2023, the coach also mentioned the possibility of a two-Test series in the Pacific nations next summer
Farrell told reporters: "I suppose we know where the journey is heading to, obviously the pool stages have just been announced and we're heading to France. There are a few gaps along that journey that need to be filled in because of Covid etc.
"There's nothing more exciting for a player than that and then what we do know for sure at this moment in time, there’s a tour a year out from the World Cup to New Zealand which is a three-Test tour, which is obviously a massive challenge for us but the kind of challenge that we would want going into a World Cup year.
"And then hopefully we get to go to the Pacific nations in the summer, if that happens with the Covid etc, we’ll see how that works but we’re super excited about that, and then hopefully along the way in the Autumn Series that is going to come up for the next couple of years, hopefully we’ll get to play South Africa again as an Irish side.
"So like I said, the journey is mapped out, there’s a few little holes to be filled in, but it’s a big old couple of years ahead for all of us really."