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Ireland v New Zealand match facts

:: Ireland have met New Zealand 29 times, with the All Blacks victorious on 27 occasions, Ireland winning once and the 1973 clash ending in a 10-10 draw.

:: Hooker and captain Rory Best will win his 99th Test cap this weekend.

:: Ireland have made just one change from the side that made history with their first win over New Zealand in Chicago two weeks ago. Sean O'Brien slots in at flanker to replace the injured Jordi Murphy.

:: Half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton account for 54 of the last 91 points Ireland have scored against New Zealand.

:: Fly-half Sexton will win his 63rd Ireland cap on Saturday, overtaking the late Anthony Foley and former wing Denis Hickie, and drawing level with Ireland great Willie-John McBride.

:: World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett has converted 34 tries for the All Blacks in 2016, the second highest by a New Zealand star. Dan Carter kicked 39 conversions in 2010.

:: The All Blacks have scored four or more tries in 12 consecutive matches this year.

:: Kieran Read and Owen Franks will face Ireland for the eighth time in their careers on Saturday.

:: Scrum-half Aaron Smith has won 50 of his 56 All Blacks Test matches.

:: New Zealand's revamped line-up since lifting the last World Cup means 18 players on their northern hemisphere tour were not involved in 2015.


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