Rugby: Black Ferns, Māori All Blacks set for US tripleheader

  • 16/05/2018
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Black Ferns celebrate their World Cup victory. Photo credit: Getty

The Black Ferns and Māori All Blacks have been confirmed to play American rivals in a unique Chicago triple-header in November.

The world champion NZ women will face the USA women, while the Māori take on the US Eagles national men's team on November 4 (NZ time), as part of a programme that also sees Six Nations champions Ireland take on Italy.

Two years ago, Soldier Field - home of the NFL Chicago Bears - hosted Ireland's historic first-ever victory over the All Blacks.

"This is going to be a very special weekend for rugby and for New Zealand," says New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer Nigel Cass.

"Our teams, sponsors and supporters have enjoyed wonderful experiences with previous fixtures featuring the All Blacks and Māori All Blacks in Chicago, so we are excited to be able to bring our Women's Rugby World Cup champions to be part of such a wonderful spectacle of rugby.

"These matches will be a fantastic way to kick off end-of-year campaigns for both teams."

The women will open the triple feature, with Ireland/Italy next and the Māori All Blacks vs US Eagles as the main act.

The Black Ferns defeated the United States 45-12 in the World Cup semi-finals last year and went on to beat England 41-32 in the final. The Americans finished fourth, after falling to France in the playoff.

Last time they met two years ago, the Māori thrashed the Eagles 54-7, also in Chicago.