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The “Rugby Weekend” begins this Friday night, November 4, when the Men’s Eagles meet the Maori All Blacks at Toyota Park Stadium, Bridgeview, Illinois, outside of Chicago. The match starts at 7 p.m. Central Time
The second game features the All Blacks versus Ireland in historic Soldiers Field, Chicago, on Saturday, November 5. This game begins at 3 p.m. Central Time.
This marks the second match for the Eagles against the Maoris who defeated the USA 29-19 when they last played in Philadelphia in 2013. Some 18,000 filled the stands.
For the All Blacks, this trip represents their fourth time playing in the USA. Importantly, the Rugby World Cup Champions in 2015 are working on an 18-game skein without a loss. They need to reach 21 (Cyprus hold record)) to tie the most wins in a row for Test victories.
The Irish XV left Ireland on Monday, and will have a week to practice in Illinois. The last occasion these teams met in 2013, New Zealand pulled out a last minute win, beating Ireland in Dublin. The Irish are 0-1-27 historically against the dominant All Black side.
Fans who cannot attend either game can watch on television with options.
Game Day Kickoff Television TV Time Method
USA/Maoris Friday 7 p.m. CT Rugby Channel* 8 p.m. ET* Live
USA/Maoris Saturday NBCSport (TBD)** Replay
NZ/Ireland Satur. 3 p.m. CT NBCSport 8 p.m. ET Tape delay
(* Subscription required.)
(**As of Tuesday, the only information is that NBCSport will show the Maori game back to back on Saturday with the All Black/Ireland contest but no time has yet been set.)
The gates at Soldiers Field will open two-hours before kickoff.