One of the strengths of sport is that it keeps rolling along with another highlight just around the corner.
As Ireland emerged three from three from this year’s Guinness Series of Autumn Internationals it emerged that next year New Zealand and Argentina again will be coming to the Aviva Stadium.
A Tier Two nation will make up the third game but anticipation will already be at a peak for the return of the All Blacks.
Speaking after Saturday’s win Joe Schmidt also revealed he would be open to a repeat of last year when AIG sponsored the historic game in Chicago where Ireland secured their first win over the reigning World Champions.
That announcement may have been news to the AIG team who will have a busy year next year.
The success of the Fenway classic earlier this month prompted talk of making that into an annual event but more importantly from a time and resource perspective next year will see the conclusion and hopeful renegotiation of the insurance giants partnership with Dublin GAA.
That multi-million five-year deal commenced for the 2014 season and is due to run through to the end of 2018.
Whether there would be the potential for squeezing another one-off event like a second All Blacks game in the USA could be one of the more intriguing subplots of the winter.
An advantage is that the All Blacks are sponsored by AIG and the costs of staging the game and backing it would be met largely from a global budget.
In 2014 The All Blacks played against the US Eagles and last year came Ireland’s famous win. The announcement of that game took place in February so if it is to happen again it is likely that some initial talks have already been held.
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