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November 11, 2008
Doug Howlett shows Irish wing Anthony Horgan a clean pair of heels, Ireland v New Zealand, Autumn International, Lansdowne Road, November 12 2005.
Doug Howlett beats Anthony Horgan to score at Lansdowne Road in 2005 © Getty Images
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Ireland will go in search of their first ever win over the All Blacks at Croke Park on Saturday.

New Zealand are searching for a Grand Slam, and will be wary of losing a record that has seen them defeat their Irish counterparts on 20 occasions since their first meeting at Lansdowne Road in November 1905.

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 will have been buoyed by battling displays on tour to New Zealand over the summer, going down 21-11 in Wellington, and will be hoping for a vociferous Croke Park to roar them to making history.

Ireland v New Zealand - Match Facts:

Played: 21; New Zealand won 20; One draw

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

Latest Test: New Zealand 21-11 Ireland, Westpac Stadium, June 7 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

New Zealand's winning sequence:15 tests - January 20 1973 to present day.*The countries have met on 21 occasions - New Zealand lead the series 20-0, with one draw.

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