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Ireland will face the All Blacks in Chicago this November

The news was confirmed by the IRFU this evening.

Rory Best scores a try when the teams last met in 2013.
Rory Best scores a try when the teams last met in 2013.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

IRELAND ARE SET to take on reigning world champions New Zealand in Chicago later this year.

It was confirmed back in December that Joe Schmidt’s men would meet Canada, the All Blacks and Australia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 12, 19 and 26 November respectively.

A fourth test in the US had been mooted and the IRFU confirmed today that it will be against the 2015 World Cup winners on Saturday, 5 November.

The game will take place at Soldier Field — the 61,500-seater home of the Chicago Bears — and kick-off is 3pm local time (9pm Irish time).

It will be the first time the teams have met since the agonising 22-24 loss in Schmidt’s third game in charge on 24 November, 2013.

“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,” said IRFU chief executive Philip Browne.

“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.”

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