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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Schmidt has two shots at Blacks

Joe Schmidt
Joe Schmidt

Ireland will do battle with the All Blacks on Soldier Field, home to the NFL's Chicago Bears, on November 5.

"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."

In fact, Ireland will get two shots at the world champions, playing hosts to them at The Aviva Stadium on November 19th.

They will form the first and third fixtures of Ireland's four test matches during the month.

In-between, Canada will travel in what could be more of a development approach for the likes of Leinster's Garry Ringrose and Munster's Jack O'Donoghue.

IRELAND NOVEMBER

FIXTURES 2016

Nov 5: Ireland v New Zealand (Soldier Field, Chicago) KO 9.0 pm Irish time.

2016 Guinness Series

Nov 12: Ireland v Canada (KO 5.0)

Nov 19: Ireland v New Zealand (KO 5.0)

Nov 26: Ireland v Australia (KO 5.0)

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