Fiji out to break Irish duck
November 17, 2009
Guy Easterby feels the force against Fiji in 2002 © Getty Images
Ireland and Fiji go head-to-head at the RDS for the first time on Saturday, with the Islanders' two previous visits having taken place at the old Lansdowne Road.
In 1995 the ground saw the first Test meeting between the two countries as fullback Jim Staples led the home side to a 44-8 victory, scoring one of their six tries in the process.
Their next meeting came in November 2002, when centre Kevin Maggs was on top form in scoring a hat-trick of tries. Their 64-17 victory contained a total of nine tries, including a further brace for Geordan Murphy and a try for skipper Brian O'Driscoll.
Ireland v Fiji - Match Stats:
Played 2; Ireland won 2; Fiji won 0; drawn 0
First Test: Ireland 44-8 Fiji, Dublin, November 18, 1995
Latest Test: Ireland 64-17, Dublin, November 17, 2002
Ireland's largest winning margin: 47 points - Ireland 64-17, Dublin, November 17, 2002
Ireland winning sequence: Two Tests, November 18, 1995 to present
Click Here for Ireland's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
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Click Here for a full record of all Ireland v Fiji matches courtesy of Statsguru
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