The Flying Fijians are set to play the All Blacks next year in what would be their first test against the three-time world champions in a decade.

Fiji have played New Zealand nine previous occasions, including five tests, the last of which was a 60-14 defeat in the last ever test at Carisbrook in Dunedin in 2011.

Fiji Rugby chief executive John O’Connor said they were also in talks to host Ireland during the July test window, when the British and Irish Lions were scheduled to be in South Africa.

The Flying Fijians have played four tests against the Irish, including a narrow a 23-20 defeat in Dublin three years ago.

The 2020 Pacific Nations Cup was scrapped as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Manu Samoa and the ‘Ikale Tahi not having kicked a ball since the the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

O’Connor said it remained unclear whether the normally annual event would be able to return next year.

Fiji completed a disrupted Northern Hemisphere tour at the weekend with a 38-24 victory over Georgia, after their first three Autumn Nations Cup tests were cancelled following a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad.

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