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Ireland's Girvan Dempsey scored twice against Russia in the only clash between the sides © Getty Images
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Ireland face Russia for only the second time in international rugby in Rotorua on Sunday.

In the only previous clash between the nations, Ireland ran out comfortable 35-3 victors in Krasnoyarsk in 2002 with Girvan Dempsey scoring two tries and Malcolm O'Kelly and Keith Wood also touching down.

Russia boast a 54.03% win record with 118 wins since their first international fixture in 1974 against Romania. However they have yet to claim a victory at the Rugby World Cup after making their debut in the tournament with a defeat to the United States in New Plymouth on Thursday.

Ireland v Russia - Match Stats:

All-time record: 1; Ireland won 1, Russia won 0

Biggest winning margin: Ire: 32 (35-3, Russia, 2002)

Highest score: Ire: 32 (35-3, Russia, 2002); Rus: 3 (3-35, Russia, 2002)

Most tries: Ire: 4 (35-3, Russia, 2002)

Most points (individual): Ire: 15 Ronan O'Gara; Rus: 3 Werner Pieterse

Most tries (individual): Ire: 2 Girvan Dempsey

Most points in a Test: Ire: 15 Ronan O'Gara; Rus: Werner Pieterse

Previous World Cup meetings: None

Statsguru archive:

Click here for Ireland's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click here for Russia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click here for a record of all Ireland v Russia matches courtesy of Statsguru


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