Cape Town - The Maori All Blacks will play Ireland’s Munster in Limerick as part of a
northern tour that kicks off with a Chicago fixture
against the USA Eagles.
According to the Allblacks.com website, the Maori All Blacks will play Munster at Thomond Park on Friday, November 11.
team kicks off its 2016 tour by taking on the USA Eagles at in
Chicago on Friday, November 4 in an historic double header 'rugby weekend' with the All Blacks playing Ireland at Chicago’s Soldier
Field stadium the following evening.
Maori Rugby Board chairperson
Wayne Peters said the additional fixture was an exciting opportunity to
take the Maori All Blacks style of rugby to the northern hemisphere.
Maori All Blacks is a unique team that represents a very special part
of our culture, heritage and tradition in New Zealand. Any time the
Maori All Blacks play overseas, they capture the imagination of fans
with their exciting and entertaining style of rugby, together with their
distinctive cultural identity.
“The Maori All Blacks players are great ambassadors for our culture so Irish fans will be in for a memorable rugby experience.
Maori All Blacks continue to play an important part in New Zealand
Rugby’s high performance strategy and this tour is another valuable
opportunity for players to show their skills on the international stage
and to press for higher honours.”
Munster Rugby Chief Executive
Garrett Fitzgerald said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the
province and we welcome the chance to hopefully replicate previous
marvellous occasions that we had when hosting the All Blacks and
Australia in Thomond Park.
“In what will be a first encounter
for these sides we are really looking forward to the fixture and would
like to thank NZR and the IRFU for their efforts in bringing
negotiations to a successful conclusion.”
Thomond Park which was redeveloped in 2008 has since hosted the All Blacks and Australia.
Maori All Blacks 2016 schedule (kick off times TBC)
Friday, November 4 v USA Eagles, Chicago
Friday, November 11 v Munster, Limerick