Ireland set for another Soldier Field clash

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 16, 2018

The world champion Black Ferns will be without star players Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss when they take on the United States in an historic test at Chicago's Soldier Field later this year.

The All Blacks avenged that Chicago loss at the Aviva Stadium a fortnight subsequently, by 21-9, and next November's meeting between the countries now ranked first and second in the world will be the first since then.

The iconic National Football League stadium will play host to three captivating global rugby matches over the course of one day, featuring Ireland's clash with Six Nations rivals Italy and the USA Men's and Women's Eagles taking on the Maori All Blacks and Women's Rugby World Cup Champions the Black Ferns respectively.

The US men's team last faced the Maori All Blacks in 2016.

An overjoyed Kendra Cocksedge says the Chicago test match against the USA will grow the Black Ferns and women's rugby abroad
Confirmed: Ireland To Return To Chicago's Soldier Field For November Triple-Header

Joe Schmidt's side famously defeated New Zealand at the same venue in 2016.

It is the first time in the Black Ferns' history they will run out on North American soil.

"This is going to be a very special weekend for rugby and for New Zealand", New Zealand Rugby Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said.

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

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