Six Nations champs go back to scene of historical All Blacks win while USA ladies and males deal with New Zealand challengers on undercard
Ireland will go back to Soldier Field in Chicago, the scene of their very first and just win over the All Blacks , to deal with Italy on 3 November.
The video game will belong to a triple-header at the exact same place, supported by a ladies’s global in between the USA and New Zealand’s world champ Black Ferns and a males’s video game in between the United States Eagles and the Maori All Blacks. The ladies’s match will be played initially, followed by Ireland v Italy and USA v Maori.
Rahm Emanuel, the previous Obama White House chief of personnel who is now mayor of Chicago, stated in a declaration revealing the video game he anticipated “fans from around the globe [to] be motivated by Chicago’s cultural destinations, exceptional dining establishments and love of rugby”.
Ireland beat New Zealand 40-29 at the house of the NFL’s Chicago Bears in November 2016, in front of a capability 62,000 crowd. The All Blacks beat the United States Eagles there in November 2014, by 74-6 and in front of another sell-out. A USA defeat there versus Australia a year later on brought in just around 23,000 fans.
Irish Rugby Football Union director of business and marketing Padraig Power stated Ireland were “happy to be going back to Chicago”, where in 2016 they “knowledgeable incredible assistance and made history in a week that likewise saw the Cubs commemorating their own piece of history on the streets of Chicago”.
The Chicago Cubs won their very first World Series title in 108 years in the very same week Ireland beat New Zealand for the very first time in 111 years of attempting.
Ireland are the ruling Six Nations champs, having won a grand slam this season, and are ranked No2 worldwide behind New Zealand. Italy completed the Six Nations winless for a 3rd year in a row and are ranked 14th on the planet, one location above the USA. In their last conference, in Dublin in February, Ireland won 56-19 .
Nonetheless, journalism release revealing the November video games in Chicago saluted the group coached by previous Ireland full-back Conor O’Shea as having actually “gone from strength to strength in the last few years, quickly turning into one of the most hazardous groups in Europe”. Of 6 tier-one groups in Europe, Italy are a remote sixth.
The guys’s United States Eagles have actually played the Maori two times over the last few years, losing 29-19 in Philadelphia in 2013 and 54-7 at Toyota Park in Chicago on the weekend of the Ireland-All Blacks video game.