In fact this Saturday's game will be only the third time the teams have clashed in Wellington - yet matches between us stretch back for 103 years. Over that century of ties, our two rugby playing nations have forged close ties.
"Our rugby relationship is underlined by the many other family and cultural bonds between Ireland and New Zealand. Around 18 per cent of New Zealanders claim Irish descent, although that figure does seem to swell every St. Patrick's Day!"
For photos of the Ireland and New Zealand coaches, delegates and players at Tuesday's function in Wellington, please click here.