Hard & Fast: All Blacks x Chi-Town

Ryan Crotty might not even play this game.

Ryan Crotty might not even play this game.

The All Blacks and Maori All Blacks are set to take the All Blacks show on the road once again. 

November 5th, mark it on the calendar. In fact mark the 4th down as well 'cos that's when the Maori All Blacks will play.

They will return to Chicago with the ABs to face Ireland while the Maori team have the joy of facing the USA. Most of the major sports we love are looking to broaden their horizons - besides cricket who would rather do the opposite - and the All Blacks are leading this charge.

World Rugby should be relied on to expand international rugby, but the All Blacks are the best team and most recognisable brand so some responsibility must also fall on their shoulders.

Sure there are financial benefits that will come the way of the NZRU. Leading rugby's expansion into new and lucrative markets though is also a huge benefit. Our rugby team is blazing this path and it makes me proud.

This American expedition also fits perfectly in with the late-year schedule and it's wise of the All Blacks and NZRU to squeeze these games in, on their way to Europe. Stopping off in the States on their way to Europe is no drama and it ticks all the bases.

Playing Ireland instead of the USA is interesting and will make the game more interesting as it would be more competitive. This means a better show for all the Americans, more entertainment and a better package presented to potential fans.

The Maori ABs will keep the locals interested and allow everyone to see how amazing Aotearoa is at rugby.

Two teams? Who travels around the world with two international calibre teams?

The All Blacks do and they're gonna ride these two horses all the way to the bank.