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Black Ferns & USA to play in Chicago

The Black Ferns will play at Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time as they are set to join the Maori All Blacks, the USA Eagles, Italy and Ireland in a triple-header in November.

The Black Ferns and the USA Eagles women's team will play at Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time as they are set to join the Maori All Blacks, and the men's national sides from the USA, Italy and Ireland in a triple-header in November.

The match will be an historic one for the Black Ferns who will run out on North American soil for the very first time and it will be the first ever women's test game at the ground. 

Although the series clashes with with preparations for the start of the 2018/2019 Sevens World Series, New Zealand 7s coach Allan Bunting has indicated that he may consider releasing some players to take part in the fixture. 

New Zealand Rugby Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said: "This is going to be a very special weekend for rugby and for New Zealand. Our teams, sponsors and supporters have enjoyed wonderful experiences with previous fixtures featuring the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks in Chicago, so we are excited to be able to bring our Women's Rugby World Cup champions, the Black Ferns, to be part of such a wonderful spectacle of rugby.

"These matches will be a fantastic way to kick off end of year campaigns for both teams."

Match times (November 3):
12pm: USA Eagles (W) v Black Ferns
3pm: Ireland v Italy
5:15pm: USA Eagles (M) v Maori All Blacks