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All Whites finalise Confed Cup warm-up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

The All Whites' run-in to the Confederations Cup in June has been finalised with a second match in Ireland.

The New Zealanders will play League of Ireland first division club Cabinteely FC on June 6 at Stradbrook Road in Dublin.

Cabinteely finished seventh in the second-tier competition last year.

Ranked 112th in the world, the All Whites will also play 26th-ranked Northern Ireland on June 2 in Belfast and 78th-ranked Belarus on June 12 in Minsk.

The Kiwis open their Confederations Cup campaign against Russia in St Petersburg on June 17 before travelling to Sochi for their second match against Mexico four days later.

Their final pool match is against Portugal on June 24.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson says Cabinteely are a well-organised and well-coached team, and would present a good test for New Zealand.

"Along with our friendly internationals against Northern Ireland and Belarus, this match is important for us in our preparation and conditioning for the Confederations Cup," he said.

Hudson will name his initial Confederation Cup tour squad on May 25, with the final squad named on June 8.

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