O'Driscoll sees chance to end All Black jinx

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Brian O'Driscoll has possibly his last chance to lead Ireland to a win over New Zealand when the teams meet in a one-off Test at New Plymouth tomorrow.

O'Driscoll, at 31 and after 107 Tests, is nearing the end of his career and has faced the All Blacks eight times without being able to end Ireland's winless record which stretches over 22 Tests and 105 years. He hopes tomorrow's match, against an All Blacks team weakened by the loss of key players, might offer the best chance to alter his personal and Ireland's national record. "It hasn't happened but it's going to happen before the world implodes. Let's hope it's sooner rather than later," O'Driscoll said. "You have to finish strong. That's where we've struggled. Any time we've pushed them close, they won that last 20 minutes."

Scotland have made two changes from the team that ended the Six Nations on a high with victory over Ireland for tomorrow's first Test against Argentina in Tucuman. Rory Lawson replaces the injured Chris Cusiter at No 9 and Moray Low comes in at tight-head for the recuperating Euan Murray.

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