All Blacks and Māori All Blacks to play in Chicago this year

The All Blacks will return to Soldier Field in Chicago to play Ireland for the first time on American soil, and the Māori Blacks will take on the USA Eagles. 

Our World Champions will play on Saturday 5 November. It's the first time the two teams have faced each other since 2013.

The Chicago test will be the All Blacks' fourth visit to the USA and also marks two years since they took on the USA Eagles in front of a crowd of 61,500.

The All Blacks will play Ireland again on 19 November at Aviva Stadium, Dublin as part of the End of Year Tour.

The Māori All Blacks will also make a return to America for a match against USA Eagles on 4 November. In 2013, they defeated the Eagles 29-19. 

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew says “The Maori All Blacks play an exciting brand of rugby and are fantastic ambassadors for our culture and our country so this will be a great way to kick off The Rugby Weekend.

We’re really looking forward to coming back to the USA where the game is growing rapidly and to a city which we know loves sport.”   

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen adds, “The match against the USA Eagles in 2014 was a huge success and we are excited to be returning to Chicago. It will certainly be a unique occasion for the team: playing Ireland in Chicago and then again in Dublin two weeks later.”

Tickets for The Rugby Weekend go one sale on 1 April.