Maori All Blacks vs Ireland Rugby to play two matches against in Hamilton and Wellington .
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’s tour of New Zealand Schedule
June 29: Maori 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 All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Sky Stadium, Wellington
July 16: All Blacks vs Ireland at 7:05pm, Sky Stadium, Wellington
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.
The first match will be at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton on Wednesday 29 June at 7.05pm with the second at Sky Stadium in Wellington on Tuesday 12 July at 7.05pm. Both matches will be live and exclusive on SKY.
Ireland will bring an expanded squad to cater for the two mid-week matches which will be in addition to the three Test Steinlager Series against the All Blacks.
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 announce midweek Maori All Blacks clashes on New Zealand tour, live on Sky Sports
In addition to all three Tests vs the All Blacks, Ireland have added two further fixtures to their July tour to New Zealand, as they will face the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches (Wednesday June 29; Tuesday July 12); all five Ireland summer matches will be live on Sky Sports
Ireland will play the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches during their three-Test tour to New Zealand this summer, live on Sky Sports, both unions have confirmed.
Ireland will meet the representative team in Hamilton on June 29, three days before they kick off their regular All Blacks series at Eden Park, with both games live on Sky Sports.