Ireland to face Italy in Chicago

Date published: May 16 2018

Ireland have announced they will return to Soldier Field in Chicago on November 3 to play Italy as part of ‘The Rugby Weekend’ triple header.

The iconic NFL stadium will play host to three captivating international matches over the course of one day, featuring the USA Men’s and Women’s Eagles taking on the Maori All Blacks and Women’s Rugby World Cup champions the Black Ferns respectively, as well as Ireland’s clash with Six Nations rivals Italy.

Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District, said: “We are excited to welcome back premier rugby to the great city of Chicago this fall. Rugby has established a home at Soldier Field and Chicago due to the incredible success of the past three marquee matches.

“The Chicago Park District has a thriving rugby programme and it’s marquee events like this that provide the support for our youth to participate in the numerous programmes we offer throughout Chicagoland.”

IRFU Director of Commercial & Marketing, Padraig Power, added: “Irish Rugby is delighted to be returning to Chicago. In 2016 the Ireland team experienced tremendous support and made history in a week that also witnessed the Cubs celebrating their own piece of history on the streets of Chicago. We are looking forward to an exciting match against Italy who are a well-coached and dangerous team.”

The Rugby Weekend 2018: Saturday, November 3

USA Women v New Zealand Women, Soldier Field, 12pm local time

Ireland v Italy, Soldier Field, 3pm local time/8pm Irish time

USA v Maori All Blacks, Soldier Field, 5.15pm local time