Ireland eye repeat success
November 12, 2009
Ireland's Simon Geoghegan works hard to protect the ball under pressure from Australia's Simon Poidevin and Tim Horan during their Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash in 1991 © Getty Images
Ireland play host to Australia on Sunday hoping to hand the Wallabies another Dublin defeat.
The hosts tasted success with a 21-6 victory last time the two sides met in the Irish capital at Lansdowne Road and they will be confident of a repeat success in the first - and most likely last - meeting of the sides at Croke Park.
Australia hold a commanding 19-8 advantage in the all-time results and their narrow 18-12 victory in Melbourne last year saw them bounce back from their shock defeat in 2006.
The two sides have met four times on the Rugby World Cup stage - in 1987, 1991, 1999 and 2003 - with arguably their most famous meeting a classic 19-18 win for the Wallabies at Lansdowne Road in the quarter-finals of the sport's second global gathering.
The two sides are slated to meet once again at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.
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