Cape Town - New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the Maori All Blacks full 2016 programme
which takes on the USA Eagles in Chicago, Munster in Ireland and Harlequins in London.
According to the official All Blacks website, the
Maori All Blacks open their tour in Chicago, facing the USA Eagles at
Toyota Park on Friday, November 4 in an historic double header “Rugby
Weekend” with the All Blacks playing Ireland at Chicago’s famous Soldier
Field stadium the following evening.
They then play Munster at
Thomond Park in Limerick on Friday, November 11, followed by Harlequins
at The Stoop in London on Wednesday, November 16.
Rugby Board chairperson Wayne Peters said the confirmed programme provided
a wonderful opportunity for rugby fans on both sides of the Atlantic to
enjoy the style of rugby for which the Maori All Blacks are renowned.
Maori All Blacks are an important part of New Zealand Rugby’s high
performance strategy - and when they play on the international stage it
is an opportunity to press for other honours.
“This is a
fantastic tour for players and for fans in the USA, Ireland and UK.
We’re delighted to be taking the Maori All Blacks on what will be a
challenging and exciting campaign.
“We’re incredibly proud of
this team and their ability to take their culture and style of rugby to
the world. They’re a special team that is popular anywhere they travel
and they’re always exciting to watch.
Harlequins Chief Executive
David Ellis, said: “In July 2016 Harlequins will become 150 years old
and this match against the Maori All Blacks will form an integral part
of our year- long celebrations.
“The two sides previously met in 1926 and I’m sure this match will be very popular among our supporters.
Harlequins, the Maori All Blacks have a proud culture and heritage and
we are looking forward to hosting them at The Stoop in November.”
The Maori All Blacks last played in the United Kingdom in 2012 taking on Leicester Tigers and a RFU Championship XV.