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You again? Ireland confirm New Zealand tour dates

Ireland will face the newly-crowned world champions at the stadium the All Blacks won the title, Eden Park in the first Test.

Paul O'Connell welcomed to New Zealand ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.
Paul O'Connell welcomed to New Zealand ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

THE IRFU HAVE released the details for next summer’s planned three-game tour of New Zealand.

Ireland will face the newly-crowned world champions at the stadium the All Blacks won the title, Eden Park, on Saturday, 9 June.

The second game takes place at a redeveloped Rugby League Park in earthquake-hit Christchurch seven days later.

The third and final Test will be hosted by the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday, 23 June.

Speaking yesterday, NZRU chief Steve Tew said: “Ireland really set the Rugby World Cup on fire and it will be great to have them back in New Zealand next year.

“It is particularly special that they will play in Christchurch at the redeveloped Rugby League Park – the first Test match in Christchurch since the Canterbury earthquakes.”

Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks.

Declan Kidney’s side will also play a match against a Barbarians side the week before they depart with details yet to be announced.

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