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New Zealand confirms Tests against England and Ireland in 2024

New Zealand confirms Tests against England and Ireland in 2024

England coach Steve Borthwick and his Irish counterpart Andy Farrell will put their wits to work against the All Blacks in 2024.

World Cup runners-up New Zealand will face England and Ireland on their tour of the Northern Hemisphere in 2024.

The All Blacks will play England at Twickenham on Saturday, November 2, and then face Ireland on November 9.

Tourists will also visit Japan, France and Italy in the fall.

England will also face New Zealand in Dunedin on July 6 and at Eden Park in Auckland a week later.

New Zealand has not lost at Eden Park since 1994.

The two-match Test series against England in July kicks off the All Blacks' season under new coach Scott Robertson.

“Playing England under the roof in Dunedin is a great start for us at a world-class stadium, and then we go up to Auckland, where we have a fantastic record and are really proud of it,” Robertson said in a statement.

The All Blacks' meeting with Ireland will be a rematch of the memorable World Cup quarter-final between the two teams last October, a match from which New Zealand emerged victorious 28-24 after a thrilling encounter at Stade de France.

The last time New Zealand reached Dublin was in November 2021, when Ireland won 29-20.

Ireland coach Andy Farrell then led his side to a historic win in New Zealand in the summer of 2022.

The All Blacks' 14-match schedule for 2024 includes a match against Pacific neighbors Fiji in San Diego on July 19.

Chief Executive Mark Robinson said New Zealand Rugby had a “long-term ambition” to play a Test in North America to promote the game there.

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“We want to deliver an event that captures the imagination of sports fans across the United States and showcases the best qualities of our game,” he added in a statement.

The defending champions begin their Rugby Championship campaign by hosting Argentina in Wellington on August 10, then play the Pumas in Auckland a week later.

The All Blacks also face old rivals South Africa and Australia away from home before hosting the Wallabies in Wellington in late September in the second of two Bledisloe Cup matches.