Ireland v Canada
Irish look to extend winning run
November 6, 2008
Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara kicks for goal against Scotland at Lansdowne Road, March 11 2006
A last-gasp penalty from Ronan O'Gara spared Ireland's blushes in 2000 © Getty Images
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Teams: Canada | Ireland

Ireland and Canada will meet for the first time in eight years on Saturday night when the two sides go head-to-head at Thomond Park.

They have only met three times before with Ireland notching two victories and their last clash being drawn. The sides first met during the inaugural Rugby World Cup that saw the Irish record a thumping 46-19 victory at Carisbrook thanks to tries from Keith Crossan (2), Hugo MacNeil, Trevor Ringland and Michael Bradley.

The second meeting came ten years later at Lansdowne Road when again the Irish triumphed comfortably - once again running in five tries with Kevin Nowlan (2), Kevin Maggs, Conor McGuinness and Victor Costello all dotting down.

Their latest clash at Fletcher's Field in Markham in 2000 proved more successful for Canada where the under-strength Irish snatched a 27-27 draw. The tourists trailed 21-8 at half-time and needed a Ronan O'Gara penalty kick in the final minute to escape what would have been an embarrassing loss.

Ireland v Canada - Match Facts:

Played: 3; Ireland won 2, Canada won 0; 1 drawn

First Test: Canada 19-46 Canada at Carisbrook, May 30, 1987

Latest Test: Canada 27-27 Ireland at Fletcher's Field, Jun 17, 2000

Drawn matches: 27-27 at Fletcher's Field, Jun 17, 2000

Ireland's biggest winning margin: 27 points - New Canada 19-46 Canada at Carisbrook, May 30, 1987

Click here for complete details of all the previous matches between Ireland and Canada


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