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All Blacks announce 2010 international dates

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  • All Blacks to kick off next year's season with Tests against Ireland and Wales
  • They play Ireland in New Plymouth on June 12 before two Tests against Wales
  • New Zealand to begin Tri-Nations on July 10 against champions South Africa
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(CNN) -- The New Zealand All Blacks will kick off next year's international rugby season with Test matches against Ireland and Wales in June.

The All Blacks will kick off next year's international season with matches against Ireland and Wales.

The All Blacks will kick off next year's international season with matches against Ireland and Wales.

The All Blacks will play 2009 Six Nations champions Ireland at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday, June 12 before two Tests against Wales at Carisbrook in Dunedin (June 19) and Waikato Stadium in Hamilton (June 26).

The Test at Carisbrook will be the first time the Welsh have played New Zealand in Dunedin and it is also expected to be the last time the All Blacks will play at Carisbrook given the new Otago Stadium development is due to be completed in time for the World Cup in 2011.

New Plymouth has hosted only one previous Test -- a successful sell-out match between New Zealand and Samoa in 2008.

New Zealand begin their Tri-Nations campaign on July 10 against defending champions South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland.

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