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All Blacks' return to France confirmed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/01/2017
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26:  Kieran Read of the All Blacks is tackled during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) © Spark PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks is tackled during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks will return to France in 2017 for a second successive end-of-year tour Test.

Having outclassed Les Bleus 24-19 in November, the two sides will meet again in France on November 11, most likely in Paris.

The world champions will also take on Wales and Scotland on their 2017 tour, as well as a fourth side rumoured to be the Barbarians.

New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew confirmed in December that the side's fourth opponent would not come from World Rugby's elite.

The union's focus would be fixed on the British and Irish Lions' tour through June and July, necessitating a lighter northern schedule.

A much-anticipated match against an in-form England outfit will also not take place until 2018 at the earliest.

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