Football: All Whites to face Republic of Ireland in November friendly

The All Whites will face the Republic of Ireland for the first time in an international friendly match, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed.

The match will take place at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on November 15 (NZ time) - the same venue where Ireland beat the All Blacks during their northern tour late last year.

The All Whites have been starved for matches, since Fritz Schmid took over as coach from Anthony Hudson last year and last played in June 2018, when they contested a four-team Intercontinental Cup tournament in India. 

Fritz Schmid.
Fritz Schmid. Photo credit: Photosport

Ireland are currently ranked 33rd in the world, 89 places above New Zealand.

Their team boasts several English Premier League players, including captain Seamus Coleman from Everton, defender Kevin Long, and the midfield pairing Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Bray - all are club teammates of All Whites striker Chris Wood at Burnley.

The match will be used as preparation for Ireland's final Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark at the same venue four days later.

New Zealand will be the 80th nation the Republic of Ireland have faced at international level.

At this stage, this will be the next time New Zealand football fans get to see the All Whites in action, as they don't have any other matches locked in before then, but coach Schmid is hopeufl of securing further international fixtures in the November window.