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Munster book date with All Blacks

Declan Kidney
Declan Kidney's side beat Saracens to reach the Heineken final

New Zealand will play Heineken Cup finalists Munster at a renovated Thomond Park on 18 November as part of the All Blacks' autumn tour.

The confirmation of the midweek fixture in Limerick follows an invitation from the Irish Rugby Football Union.

The game will mark the 30th anniversary of the Irish province's famed victory over the All Blacks and will officially open the renovated stadium.

Munster will play Toulouse in the Heineken Cup final on Saturday 24 May.

"Munster has a proud history including their famous 1978 victory and a European Rugby Cup final this season," said New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew.

Munster Chief Executive Garrett Fitzgerald added: "I can't think of a better way to celebrate such an auspicious occasion than for Munster to play one of the top ranked teams in the world in our own stadium."

see also
Saracens 16-18 Munster
27 Apr 08 |  Rugby Union

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