Wellington hosts the Māori All Blacks vs Ireland for a mid-week international rugby match . Ireland are heading to New Zealand for the Steinlager Series against the All Blacks, and they’re bringing an expanded squad to cater for this family-friendly mid-week game.
The Māori All Blacks have played Ireland on two previous occasions. The most famous being the New Zealand Natives 13-4 win at Landsdowne Road in Dublin in 1888. The only other match between the two sides was in 2010 at Rotorua International Stadium where the Māori All Blacks won a thrilling match 31-28.
Ireland’s tour of New Zealand
June 29: Māori All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
July 2: All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Eden Park, Auckland
July 9: All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
July 12: Māori vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Sky Stadium, Wellington
July 16: All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Sky Stadium, Wellington
Adult tickets range from $15 to $50, and with every Adult ticket, purchasers can redeem one free child’s ticket.
The Māori All Blacks will play in their biggest fixture since the 2017 Lions tour when hosting Ireland in two matches in Hamilton and Wellington.
New Zealand Rugby announced on Tuesday that Ireland would play two midweek matches against the Māori All Blacks as part of their tour of New Zealand in June and July.
The first match will be in Hamilton on June 29 and the second is in Wellington on July 12.They will be the most significant the Māori All Blacks have played since hosting the British and Irish Lions in Rotorua in 2017, a match the Lions won 32-10.
Ireland are ranked fourth in the world under coach Andy Farrell, who was an assistant with Warren Gatland’s Lions in 2017, and they are also playing the All Blacks in July in a hotly anticipated test series.
Farrell’s side beat the All Blacks 29-20 in Dublin last November and have won three of their last five meetings since Ireland’s first test win over New Zealand in Chicago in 2016.
The Māori All Blacks and Ireland have only faced one another twice – the first match was in 1888 in Dublin and their last meeting was in Rotorua in 2010.
Ireland will bring an extended squad because of the extra tour matches. Most of their test stars are unlikely to face the Māori team because each match is only days before a test against the All Blacks. Māori All Blacks coach Clayton McMillan will name his squad next month and appoint a new captain after Ash Dixon’s move to Japanese rugby.