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Five classics from their rugby union history ahead of Test series

This Saturday sees the beginning of Ireland’s three Test series against the Wallabies in Australia, live on Sky Sports Action.

There have been 33 encounters between the pair since 1927 but we’ve chosen five classic matches to whet the appetite ahead of this weekend’s opener canada goose jacket outlet at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Australia 12 27 Ireland 3 June 1979, Brisbane [Summer Test series]The last occasion in which Ireland won a tour of any description in the canada goose outlet toronto factory southern hemisphere against one of the old Tri Nations, an Ollie Campbell and Colin Patterson inspired outfit were sensational as they overcame the Wallabies at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane in the first Test of a two Test tour.

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The half backs combined for all 27 points as Patterson notched a brace of scores, and Campbell added two conversions, four penalties and a drop goal tries were still only worth four points.

Such a comprehensive display set the foundation for a tight 9 3 second Test victory and 2 0 series win, with 1979 remarkably the most recent year in which any Ireland side has beat a Wallabies one on Aussie soil.

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Such an alarming canada goose outlet new york city stat is offset by the fact there has been 10 encounters Down Under in the 39 years since, but it is still a pretty poor record for the Irish.

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Ireland 18 19 Australia 20 October 1991, Dublin canada goose outlet official [Rugby World Cup quarter final]During rugby’s second ever World Cup, the two nations put on one of the most exciting knockout ties in canada goose kensington parka uk the tournament’s history as Ireland very nearly pulled off what would then have been the greatest of all upsets.

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David Campese was at his free flowing best, stepping and jinking his way over for one superb try and finishing off another to put Australia on their way to a semi final canada goose outlet online uk place until a famous breakaway try with four minutes left by backrow Gordon Hamilton, latching onto the offload of Jack Clarke to finish in the corner, cued delirium at Landsowne Road.

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O’Driscoll’s outstanding finish saw Ireland come steaming back, but just fall short

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