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Match facts: Ireland v New Zealand

Updated: Friday, 22 Nov 2013 18:31 | Comments

Liam Messam was among the try-scorers as when New Zealand beat Ireland 60-0 in June of 2012
Liam Messam was among the try-scorers as when New Zealand beat Ireland 60-0 in June of 2012

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IRELAND v NEW ZEALAND MATCH FACTS

  • Despite 27 meetings, Ireland have never beaten New Zealand. The All Blacks boast 26 victories, with a 10-10 draw at Lansdowne Road in 1973 Ireland's only respite in the series.
  • Centre Brian O'Driscoll will equal Ronan O'Gara's all-time Ireland caps tally of 128 in his 14th clash with New Zealand.
  • Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll will wrestle back the world record for the most international appearances of a centre partnership from All Blacks Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith. D'Arcy and O'Driscoll will notch 52 joint caps, with Smith currently in the middle of a four-month sabbatical.
  • The All Blacks are gunning to become the first international team to complete a perfect season in the professional era after 13 consecutive victories in 2013.
  • Veteran hooker Andrew Hore will make his 83rd All Blacks cap his last, with the 35-year-old tipped to retire after the season-closing clash.
  • Highly-rated Hurricanes scrum-half TJ Perenara is primed for his All Blacks debut, taking a seat on the bench.
  • New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has made seven changes from the side that saw off England 30-22 at Twickenham last weekend.
  • Brothers Rob and Dave Kearney will start their first international match together, with wing Dave making his full Ireland debut.
  • Luke Fitzgerald is in line for his first Ireland action since March when he was a replacement in the 22-15 defeat in Italy during the RBS 6 Nations.
  • New Zealand-born scrum-half Isaac Boss takes a seat on Ireland's bench, making the squad for the first time since the 40-14 victory in Canada in June.

Live television coverage of Ireland v New Zealand from 13:00 on Sunday 24 November on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage on Sunday Sport from 14:00 on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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