New Zealand will kick off their international season with Tests against Ireland and Wales in June 2010.
The All Blacks will play 2009 RBS 6 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 Wales 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 2011 World Cup.
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.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.