Tuesday 20 February 2018

Munster confirm they will play Maori All Blacks in November

The Maori All Blacks will travel to Thomond Park
The Maori All Blacks will travel to Thomond Park

Munster have confirmed the Maori All Blacks will travel to Thomond Park this November.

With Ireland in action against New Zealand in Soldier Field on November 4, the Maori selection will play Munster as part of the northern tour seven days later.

Munster Rugby CEO 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 what will be a first encounter for these sides we are really looking forward to the fixture and would like to thank the NZRU and IRFU for their efforts in bringing negotiations to a successful conclusion."

New Zealand Rugby Maori Board Chairman Wayne Peters said the Maori All Blacks were a unique team representing a special part of New Zealand's culture, heritage and tradition.

"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," said Peters.

"The Maori All Blacks players are great ambassadors for our culture so fans will be in for a memorable rugby experience.

"The Maori All Blacks also play a very 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."

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