Munster to play Maori All-Blacks at Thomond Park

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster to play Maori All-Blacks at Thomond Park

MUNSTER have announced a glamour fixture against the Maori All Blacks at Thomond Park on Friday November 11.

Since the redevelopment of Thomond Park in 2008 Munster Rugby have hosted international opposition in the form of the All Blacks, Australia and now the Maori All Blacks. 

The northern tour commences with the Maori All Blacks taking on the USA Eagles in Chicago on Friday November 4 in an historic double header ‘Rugby Weekend’ with Ireland facing the All-Blacks at Chicago's Soldier Field stadium the following evening.

Commenting on announcement Munster Rugby CEO, Garrett Fitzgerald said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the province and we welcome the chance to hopefully replicate previous marvellous occasions that we had when hosting the All Blacks and Australia. 

"In what will be a first encounter for these sides we are really looking forward to the fixture and would like to thank the NZRU and IRFU for their efforts in bringing negotiations to a successful conclusion."

New Zealand Rugby Maori Board Chairman Wayne Peters said the Maori All Blacks were a unique team representing a special part of New Zealand's culture, heritage and tradition.

"Any time the Maori All Blacks play overseas, they capture the imagination of fans with their exciting and entertaining style of rugby, together with their distinctive cultural identity.

"The Maori All Blacks players are great ambassadors for our culture so fans will be in for a memorable rugby experience.

"The Maori All Blacks also play a very important part in New Zealand Rugby's high performance strategy and this tour is another valuable opportunity for players to show their skills on the international stage and to press for higher honours."

Tickets for the fixture will go on sale on tomorrow, Wednesday May 11 at 9am online via Ticketmaster.ie or from the Munster Rugby ticket offices in Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park.

Ticket prices: Adults: €40 Cat A, €30 Cat B, €25 Cat C, €20 East/West Terrace, €15 South Terrace. Juniors: €20 Cat A, €10 Cat B/C, €7 Terrace. Family tickets (2 Adults/2 Jnrs): From €40. Club Offer: 5 Adults & 20 Juniors in the North Terrace €100. 10 Year Tickets holders and MRSC Season Ticket holders (who have renewed for season 2016/17) can avail of a 25% discount on ticket prices up to September 1.