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Tommy Bowe: Let's take game to New Zealand

Updated: Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 13:13 | Comments

Tommy Bowe hoping to make history
Tommy Bowe hoping to make history

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Tommy Bowe has urged his Ireland team-mates to write their names in the Lansdowne Road history books by defeating New Zealand for the first time.

The All Blacks have won all but one of the 27 meetings between the nations – the exception a 10-10 draw in Dublin in 1973 – and are overwhelming favourites to claim Ireland as their 14th victim of the year.

Sunday's clash at Aviva Stadium concludes this autumn's Guinness Series and Joe Schmidt's side are determined to atone for their 32-15 defeat by Australia last weekend.

"We know what a great opportunity we have in front of us. When you get that, it's a great chance to make history," Bowe said.

"To beat the All Blacks this weekend, we know we'll have to take the game to them, finish those chances that we create.

"For us not to score a try against Australia, we're very disappointed with that. With the players we've got, we know we can score tries."

Brian O'Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Schmidt remains hopeful they will be passed fit to face New Zealand.

O'Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems.

However, there was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem.

Today is a rest day for the squad ahead of Schmidt naming his team Friday lunchtime.

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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