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All Blacks to face USA

World champions New Zealand will play the United States in Chicago in November, it has been announced.

The All Blacks will clash with the Eagles for the first time in 34 years on American soil on November 1 at Soldier Field before their European tour begins later in the month.

USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville said on "We have taken big steps to increase the profile of rugby in the United States with our international games drawing record crowds, but nothing on the scale of a match against the New Zealand All Blacks.

"We have no doubt the All Blacks will raise the level of play for the Eagles as they prepare for the World Cup and create a special event for rugby supporters around the world."

The All Blacks have only played the United States three times in their history, first in 1913 in California.

Following a second game in 1980, in San Diego, the sides last met at the 1991 World Cup in England.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: "Having the chance to play in the States itself and particularly in Chicago, a city with so much sporting history, as well, is really exciting.

"Tactically, obviously when you have a different opposition - in any sport - you have got to appreciate what they do and what they bring and make sure you have got the tools in the toolbox to combat that."


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