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Ireland v Australia, Croke Park, November 15
Ireland eye repeat success
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November 12, 2009
Ireland's Simon Geoghegan works hard to protect the ball under pressure from Australia's Simon Poidevin (L) and Tim Horan, Ireland v Austraila, Rugby World Cup 1991, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland, October 20, 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
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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.

Ireland v Australia - Match Stats:

  • Played: 27; Ireland won 8, Australia won 19

  • First Test: Ireland 3-5 Australia, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland, November 12, 1927

  • Latest Test: Australia 18-12 Ireland, Melbourne, Australia, June 14, 2008

  • Ireland's biggest winning margin: 15 points - Ireland 27-12 Australia, Brisbane, Australia, June 3, 1979

  • Australia's biggest winning margin: 36 points - Australia 46-10 Ireland, Brisbane, Australia, June 12, 1999

Statsguru archive:

  • Click here for Ireland's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click here for Australia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click here for a record of all Ireland v Australia matches courtesy of Statsguru

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