Sunday 28 May 2017

Ireland to face world champions New Zealand TWICE in autumn 2016 - reports

Paul O'Connell congratulates New Zealand captain Richie McCaw after the Autumn international in 2013. Neither will feature next November.
Paul O'Connell congratulates New Zealand captain Richie McCaw after the Autumn international in 2013. Neither will feature next November.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Joe Schmidt's Ireland will have two chances to end our All Blacks hoodoo in 2016, according to reports.

According to the Irish Times, Ireland will meet the back-to-back world champions at Soldier Field, Chicago on November 5, next year before a second test at the Aviva Stadium a fortnight later.

A test against a Tier 2 nation will be sandwiched between the big games on November 12 with the November schedule concluding with a game against the Wallabies on November 26.

Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks in 28 attempts but came within minutes of doing so in 2013 until Ryan Crotty's late try condemned them to a 24-22 defeat at the Aviva.

The three-Test tour of South Africa in June will mean Ireland will face six encounters against the SANZA nations next year.

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