Ireland Return To Soldier Field, Chicago

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16 May 2018

Ireland will return to Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, November 3 to play Italy as part of 'The Rugby Weekend' triple header two years after their historic defeat of the All Blacks at the same venue.

USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide (TLA), along with host city partners Chicago Sports Commission (CSC) and Soldier Field announced this week that the iconic NFL stadium will play host to three international rugby matches in one day, featuring 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, as well as Ireland's clash with Six Nations rivals Italy.

Michael Kelly, general superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District, said: "We are excited to welcome back premier rugby to the great city of Chicago this fall. Rugby has established a home at Soldier Field and Chicago due to the incredible success of the past three marquee matches.

"The Chicago Park District has a thriving rugby programme and its marquee events like this that provide the support for our youth to participate in the numerous programmes we offer throughout Chicagoland."

IRFU’s Padraig Power, said: "Irish Rugby is delighted to be returning to Chicago. In 2016 the Ireland team experienced tremendous support and made history in a week that also witnessed the Cubs celebrating their own piece of history on the streets of Chicago. We are looking forward to an exciting match against Italy who are a

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