Ireland and New Zealand will battle it out twice this coming November.
Although it has been suggested for some time, World Rugby this morning announced that they have given the green light for the proposed clash between Ireland and New Zealand in Chicago.
The game will take place in the city’s historic Soldier Field Stadium on November 5, one day after the New Zealand Maori play the USA in the the same venue. The news was confirmed by World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper on twitter this morning.
World Rugby has approved matches USA v Maori All Blacks Nov 4,Toyota Park,Chicago and Ireland v @AllBlacks Nov 5, Soldier Field,Chicago.
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) February 5, 2016
The venture was first mooted in July last year, when the New Zealand Herald reported that the All Blacks were considering such a proposal. It quickly became apparent that the IRFU were interested in such a fixture, as both Unions awaited the go ahead from World Rugby.
Now that Gosper has given his blessing for the game in Chicago, Ireland and New Zealand will clash twice in as many weeks, with the All Blacks set to arrive in the Aviva Stadium on November 19.
This offers up an intriguing possibility of a two legged encounter between the sides that delivered an epic game in 2013, with the All Blacks winning on that occasion thanks to a last minute try from Ryan Crotty.
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