2018 will see New Zealand rugby return to Chicago for what promises to be a spectacular weekend. The World Champion Black Ferns will play at Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time as they join the Maori All Blacks, the USA Eagles, Italy and Ireland in a triple-header on November 3rd 2018.
The NFL stadium will host three international rugby matches over the course of one day. To kick things off, the Black Ferns take on the USA Women's Eagles. The match will be a historic one for the Black Ferns who will run out on North American soil for the very first time.
Game 2 sees Six Nations Champions Ireland return to Chicago, the scene of their first and only win against the All Blacks, to face Italy. These two familiar oppositions will face off in an unfamiliar territory less than a year out from the Rugby World Cup. There is no doubt both teams will look to put on a show for the vocal American crowd.
The headline game of the weekend will see the Maori All Blacks take on the USA Men's Eagles. The men’s US Eagles have played the Maori twice in recent years, losing 29-19 in Philidelphia in 2013 and 54-7 at Toyota Park in Chicago on the weekend of the Ireland-All Blacks game. The recent win over Scotland though will fill the USA team with confidence. The Eagles will look to build on this performance and show they can compete with the world's best. This will be the first hit out for the Maori All Blacks before they continue on their unique end of year campaign which also sees games against Chile and Brazil.
Triple Header (November 3):
Game 1: USA Eagles (W) v Black Ferns
Game 2: Ireland v Italy
Game 3: USA Eagles (M) v Maori All Blacks
2018 will see New Zealand rugby return to Chicago for what promises to be a spectacular weekend. The World Champion Black Ferns will play at Chicago's Soldier Field Stadium for the first time as they join the Maori All Blacks, the USA Eagles, Italy and Ireland in a triple-header on November 3rd 2018…
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