History of rugby union matches between Ireland and New Zealand

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The New Zealand national rugby union team first played against Ireland in 1905, during the historic 1905–1906 All Blacks tour of Europe and North America, beating Ireland 15–0 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. The two teams have played a total of 36 Test matches, with the All Blacks winning 30, lreland winning 5, and one ending in a draw in the 1973 test match played in Dublin.

During the 2012 Irish Tour of New Zealand, New Zealand won all three tests, scoring 124 points to Ireland's 29. This tour also saw New Zealand post the biggest winning margin against Ireland in their history, with a score of 60–0 on 23 June 2012.[1] On 24 November 2013, New Zealand were trailing 22–17 against Ireland in the final minute of the match, and on the verge of their first ever loss to Ireland. Ireland gave up a penalty with under 30 seconds remaining, which ultimately led to New Zealand working their way up the field, ending in a try to tie the score. The try was converted at the second time of asking, handing New Zealand their perfect season.[2][3]

Ireland eventually ended a 111-year wait for a victory at Soldier Field, Chicago with a 40–29 win on 5 November 2016.[4][5] On 17 November 2018, Ireland beat New Zealand 16–9 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin to record their first ever home win against the All Blacks.[6][7]

During the Autumn Nations Series of 2021, Ireland defeated New Zealand 29–20 at home to record their third win in five against the All Blacks.[8] Despite their desperately poor record against the All Blacks until 2016, the six matches between 2013 and 2021 were shared three each in highly contested encounters between teams at the top of the world rankings. As such, media in both countries have noted that a significant modern rivalry now exists between the two nations, which have similar population sizes.[9]

Ireland scored their first victory against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil on 9 July 2022, their fourth win over New Zealand.[10][11] The following week Ireland became just the fifth touring side to achieve a series win in New Zealand, beating the All Blacks 22–32 in Wellington for a 2–1 series victory.[12]

Summary[edit]

Overall[edit]

Details Played Won by
Ireland
Won by
New Zealand
Drawn Ireland points New Zealand points
In Ireland 18 2 15 1 193 398
In New Zealand 15 2 13 0 226 488
Neutral venue 3 1 2 0 73 118
Overall 36 5 30 1 492 1,013

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record New Zealand Ireland
Longest winning streak 22 (23 November 1974–5 November 2016) 2 (9 July 2022–present)
Largest points for
Home 66 (12 June 2010) 29 (17 November 2001, 13 November 2021)
Away 63 (15 November 1997) 40 (5 November 2016)
Largest winning margin
Home 60 (23 June 2012) 9 (13 November 2021)
Away 48 (15 November 1997) 11 (5 November 2016, 9 July 2022)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
1 25 November 1905 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 0–15  New Zealand The Original All Blacks
2 1 November 1924 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 0–6  New Zealand 1924–25 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France
3 7 December 1935 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 9–17  New Zealand 1935–36 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Canada
4 9 January 1954 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 3–14  New Zealand 1953–54 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America
5 7 December 1963 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 5–6  New Zealand 1963–64 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America
6 20 January 1973 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 10–10 Draw 1972–73 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America
7 23 November 1974 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 6–15  New Zealand 1974 New Zealand rugby union tour of Ireland, Wales and England
8 5 June 1976 Athletic Park, Wellington 11–3  New Zealand 1976 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand and Fiji
9 4 November 1978 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 6–10  New Zealand 1978 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland
10 18 November 1989 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 6–23  New Zealand 1989 New Zealand rugby union tour of Canada and the British Isles
11 30 May 1992 Carisbrook, Dunedin 24–21  New Zealand 1992 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand
12 6 June 1992 Athletic Park, Wellington 59–6  New Zealand
13 27 May 1995 Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa 19–43  New Zealand 1995 Rugby World Cup
14 15 November 1997 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 15–63  New Zealand 1997 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland
15 17 November 2001 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 29–40  New Zealand 2001 New Zealand rugby union tour
16 15 June 2002 Carisbrook, Dunedin 15–6  New Zealand 2002 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand
17 22 June 2002 Eden Park, Auckland 40–8  New Zealand
18 12 November 2005 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 7–45  New Zealand 2005 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland
19 10 June 2006 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 34–23  New Zealand 2006 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand and Australia
20 17 June 2006 Eden Park, Auckland 27–17  New Zealand
21 7 June 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 21–11  New Zealand 2008 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand and Australia
22 15 November 2008 Croke Park, Dublin 3–22  New Zealand 2008 Autumn International
23 12 June 2010 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 66–28  New Zealand 2010 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand and Australia
24 20 November 2010 Aviva Stadium, Dublin 18–38  New Zealand 2010 Autumn International
25 9 June 2012 Eden Park, Auckland 42–10  New Zealand 2012 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand
26 16 June 2012 Rugby League Park, Christchurch 22–19  New Zealand
27 23 June 2012 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 60–0  New Zealand
28 24 November 2013 Aviva Stadium, Dublin 22–24  New Zealand 2013 Autumn International
29 5 November 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States 40–29  Ireland 2016 Autumn International
30 19 November 2016 Aviva Stadium, Dublin 9–21  New Zealand
31 17 November 2018 Aviva Stadium, Dublin 16–9  Ireland 2018 Autumn International
32 19 October 2019 Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu, Japan 46–14  New Zealand 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final
33 13 November 2021 Aviva Stadium, Dublin 29–20  Ireland 2021 Autumn International
34 2 July 2022 Eden Park, Auckland 42–19  New Zealand 2022 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand
35 9 July 2022 Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 12–23  Ireland
36 16 July 2022 Sky Stadium, Wellington 22–32  Ireland

List of series[edit]

Played Won by
Ireland
Won by
New Zealand
Drawn
6 1 4 1
Year New Zealand Ireland Series winner
New Zealand 1992 2 0  New Zealand
New Zealand 2002 2 0  New Zealand
New Zealand 2006 2 0  New Zealand
New Zealand 2012 3 0  New Zealand
United States  Ireland 2016 1 1 Drawn series
New Zealand 2022 1 2  Ireland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Zealand 60-0 Ireland". BBC Sport. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "New Zealand 60 Ireland 0". Daily Telegraph. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ "As it happened: New Zealand 60-0 Ireland". RTÉ Sport. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Ireland 40 New Zealand 29: Irish end 111-year wait to beat All Blacks". The Daily Telegraph. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Ireland live the American Dream with an epic 40-29 victory over All Blacks". Irish Independent. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Ireland 16-9 New Zealand: Hosts hold nerve to earn first home win over All Blacks". BBC Sport. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks". Guardian. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Ireland stun New Zealand as Rónan Kelleher sparks second-half onslaught". The Guardian. 13 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Farrell's brilliant Ireland power to thrilling victory over the All Blacks in Dublin". The 42. 13 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Super Ireland make history with victory over All Blacks". RTE. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Ireland beat All Blacks in New Zealand for first time in their history". Guardian. 9 July 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Ireland stun the All Blacks to become just the fifth touring side to win series in New Zealand". the42. Retrieved 16 July 2022.

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