Ireland will play New Zealand in the U.S. for the first time in 2016.
The Irish rugby team will meet the All Blacks in Soldier Field Chicago, on Saturday, November 5th, before hosting a Tier 2 country a week later at Aviva Stadium, the Irish Times reports. On November 19th, Ireland will play New Zealand again before a game against World Cup finalists Australia on the 26th.
Soldier Field is home to the Chicago Bears American football team and is the oldest NFL stadium. In November 2014, Soldier Field hosted its first international rugby union test match when the All Blacks beat the United States 74-6. That match was a 61,500 sell-out, and it is expected that the popularity of both Ireland and the All Blacks will ensure a sell-out for their meeting in 2016.
Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in 28 attempts, which date back to 1905. The closest they came was in November 2013 at the Aviva Stadium when the All Blacks won 24-22.
Ireland’s November 2016 Schedule:
Saturday 5th: Ireland v New Zealand, Soldier Field, Chicago.
Saturday 12th: Ireland v Tier 2 team, Aviva Stadium.
Saturday 19th: Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium.
Saturday 26th: Ireland v Australia, Aviva Stadium.