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New Zealand v Ireland, New Plymouth, June 12
Ireland still seeking maiden victory
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June 7, 2010
Jimmy Cowan of the All Blacks charges down a kick by Ronan O'Gara during the Guinness Series match between Ireland and New Zealand at Croke Park on November 15, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland.
Jimmy Cowan piles the pressure on at Croke Park in 2008 © Getty Images
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Ireland take on New Zealand in New Plymouth on Saturday still in search of their first win over the All Blacks.

The home side has defeated their Irish counterparts on 20 occasions since their first meeting at Lansdowne Road in November 1905. Their latest win came at Croke Park in 2008, when a blitz of tries either side of half-time inspired a comfortable 22-3 victory when Irish hopes had been high.

The closest the Irish have come to claiming a result was in 1973, when the sides played out a 10-10 draw at Lansdowne Road. Ireland's last trip to New Zealand in 2008 yielded another defeat but a battling display, the tourists going down 21-11 in Wellington.

Ireland v New Zealand - Match Facts:

  • Played: 22; New Zealand won 21; One draw

  • First Test: Ireland 0-15 New Zealand, Lansdowne Road, November 25 1905

  • Latest Test: Ireland 3-22 New Zealand, Croke Park, November 15, 2008

  • Drawn match: Ireland 10-10 New Zealand, Lansdowne Road, January 20 1973

  • New Zealand's largest winning margin: 53 points - New Zealand 59 - 6 Ireland, Athletic Park, June 6 1992

  • Click Here for New Zealand's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click Here for Ireland's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click Here for a full record of all New Zealand v Ireland matches courtesy of Stasguru

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