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Thursday 21 September 2017

US confirm Chicago clash with All Blacks

Sam Whitelock of the All Blacks races Cian Healy and team mate Richie McCaw to the loose ball during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Sam Whitelock of the All Blacks races Cian Healy and team mate Richie McCaw to the loose ball during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

World champions New Zealand will play the United States in Chicago in November.

The All Blacks will clash with the Eagles for the first time in 34 years on American soil on November 1 at Soldier Field before their European tour begins later in the month.

USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville said: "We have taken big steps to increase the profile of rugby in the United States with our international games drawing record crowds, but nothing on the scale of a match against the All Blacks.

"We have no doubt the All Blacks will raise the level of play for the Eagles as they prepare for the World Cup for rugby supporters around the world."

The All Blacks have only played the United States three times in their history, first in 1913 in California. Following a second game in San Diego in 1980, the sides last met at the 1991 World Cup in England.

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