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Autumn internationals: Tommy Bowe believes Ireland can beat New Zealand in Dublin

Last Updated: 21/11/13 3:59pm

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Tommy Bowe: Ireland wing hopeful of a shock success

Tommy Bowe: Ireland wing hopeful of a shock success

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Ireland wing Tommy Bowe hopes to claim an historic victory over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

The All Blacks have won all but one of the 27 meetings between the nations - the exception a 10-10 draw in Dublin in 1973 - and are strong favourites to notch their 14th win of the year.

But Bowe believes Joe Schmidt's side are capable of atoning for their 32-15 defeat to Australia last weekend by beating New Zealand at Lansdowne Road for the first time.

"We know what a great opportunity we have in front of us. When you get that, it's a great chance to make history," Bowe said.

"To beat the All Blacks this weekend, we know we'll have to take the game to them, finish those chances that we create.

"For us not to score a try against Australia, we're very disappointed with that. With the players we've got, we know we can score tries."

Brian O'Driscoll (calf) and Jonathan Sexton (hamstring) missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit to face the All Blacks.

Full-back Rob Kearney was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem.

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