All Blacks to have Samoa hitout

The All Blacks will play Samoa at Eden Park on 16 June as part of their preparations for the Lions series.

The match will be preceded by a clash between Tonga and Wales.

'It's great that we're going to play Samoa,' said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. 'It's going to be a wonderful evening where you've got Pasifika rugby on show and Welsh rugby and New Zealand rugby.

'It allows us to fill a need for ourselves as we need a game to prepare for the Lions and also give something back to Pasifika rugby.'

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