19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
WALES v IRELAND, Millennium Stadium, 3pm (live on RTÉ Two/BBC One)
WALES: Kevin Morgan; Hal Luscombe, Jamie Robinson, James Hook, Chris Czekaj; Stephen Jones (capt), Dwayne Peel; Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Thomas, Chris Horsman, Ian Gough, Alun Wyn Jones, Alix Popham, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones.
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Duncan Jones, Robert Sidoli, Gavin Thomas, Mike Phillips, Ceri Sweeney, Aled Brew.
IRELAND: Girvan Dempsey; Andrew Trimble, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Rory Best, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Simon Easterby, David Wallace, Denis Leamy.
Replacements: Jerry Flannery, Simon Best, Neil Best, Mick O'Driscoll, Isaac Boss, Paddy Wallace, Geordan Murphy.
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
MATCH ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power):
Wales To Win 8/5, Draw 22/1, Ireland To Win 1/2
Wales To Win (+5pts) 10/11, Draw (5pts) 22/1, Ireland To Win (-5pts) 10/11
First Try Scorer: A Trimble 10/1, C Czekaj, H Luscombe, D Hickie, B O'Driscoll, G Murphy 12/1
Man Of The Match Award: B O'Driscoll, R O'Gara 7/1, S Jones 8/1, G D'Arcy 9/1
SIX NATIONS RECORDS:
Matches Played: 35
Matches Won (%): 14 (40%)
Matches Lost (%): 19 (54%)
Most Wins In A Season: 5 (x1)
Total Points Scored: 793
Total Points Conceded: 961
Total Tries Scored (Average Per Match): 77 (2.2)
Total Tries Conceded (Average Per Match): 92 (2.6)
Overall Six Nations Ranking (Points): Fourth (30 points)
Matches Played: 35
Matches Won (%): 25 (71%)
Matches Lost (%): 10 (28%)
Most Wins In A Season: 4 (x4)
Total Points Scored: 946
Total Points Conceded: 737
Total Tries Scored (Average Per Match): 95 (2.7)
Total Tries Conceded (Average Per Match): 74 (2.1)
Overall Six Nations Ranking (Points): Second (50 points)
2006 SIX NATIONS RESULTS:
WALES (Fifth) - England 47 Wales 13, Twickenham; Wales 28 Scotland 18, Millennium Stadium; Ireland 31 Wales 5, Lansdowne Road; Wales 18 Italy 18, Millennium Stadium; Wales 16 France 21, Millennium Stadium
IRELAND (Second) - Ireland 26 Italy 16, Lansdowne Road; France 43 Ireland 31, Stade de France; Ireland 31 Wales 5, Lansdowne Road; Ireland 15 Scotland 9, Lansdowne Road; England 24 Ireland 28, Twickenham
2006 SIX NATIONS STATISTICS:
WALES: Most Tries - Gareth Thomas, Mark Jones 2 tries each; Most Points - Stephen Jones 37 points (1 try, 7 conversions and 6 penalty goals); Most Goals - Stephen Jones 32 points (7 conversions and 6 penalty goals; 76% success rate)
IRELAND: Most Tries - Shane Horgan 3 tries; Most Points - Ronan O'Gara 76 (1 try, 10 conversions and 17 penalty goals); Most Goals - Ronan O'Gara 71 (10 conversions and 17 penalty goals; 82% success rate)
WALES: Team Totals - Tries: 8; Penalty Tries: 1; Conversions: 7/9; Penalty Goals: 7/9; Drop Goals: 0/1; Scrums Wons: 45; Scrums Lost: 2; Lineouts Won: 86; Lineouts Lost: 16; Penalties Conceded: 58; Drives From Rucks: 157; Passes From Rucks: 142; Mauls Won: 14; Ball Won In Open Play: 313; Ball Won In Opponents' 22: 66; Set Piece Ball Won: 167; Kicks To Touch: 57; Errors From Kicks: 24; Offloads In Tackle: 89; Tackles Made: 364; Tackles Missed: 37; Total Errors Made: 100; Turnovers Won: 31; Free Kicks Awarded: 11; Passes Completed: 648; Possession Kicked: 132
IRELAND: Team Totals - Tries: 12; Penalty Tries: 0; Conversions: 10/12; Penalty Goals: 17/24; Drop Goals: 0/1; Scrums Won: 39; Scrums Lost: 1; Lineouts Won: 94; Lineouts Lost: 9; Penalties Conceded: 41; Drives From Rucks: 116; Passes From Rucks: 207; Mauls Won: 31; Ball Won In Open Play: 354; Ball Won In Opponents' 22: 100; Set Piece Ball Won: 194; Kicks To Touch: 61; Errors From Kicks: 17; Offloads In Tackle: 67; Tackles Made: 339; Tackles Missed: 45; Total Errors Made: 99; Turnovers Won: 38; Free Kicks Awarded: 11; Passes Completed: 747; Possession Kicked: 139
LAST YEAR'S MEETING:
IRELAND (11) 31 WALES (5) 5
February 26, 2006 - Lansdowne Road, Att: 49,500
Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Wallace, Stringer, Horgan; Cons: O'Gara 2; Pens: O'Gara 4
Wales: Try: M Jones
Ireland: Murphy; Horgan B O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Trimble; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, Flannery, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Kelly, Easterby, Wallace, Leamy.
Replacements used: S Best for Horan (69 mins), O'Connor for Wallace (75), M O'Driscoll for Easterby (77).
Wales: Byrne; M Jones, Luscombe, Watkins, James; S Jones, Peel; D Jones, R Thomas, A Jones, Gough, Sidoli, Charvis, Williams, Owen.
Replacements used: Henson for S Jones (19 mins), Jenkins for D Jones (46), Delve for Charvis (56), M Davies for R Thomas (61), B Davies for Byrne (73).
RBS Man of the Match: Shane Horgan (Ireland)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
2006 - Ireland won 31-5 at Lansdowne Road
2005 - Wales won 32-20 at the Millennium Stadium
2004 - Ireland won 36-15 at Lansdowne Road
2003 - Ireland won 35-12 at Lansdowne Road
2003 - Ireland won 25-24 at the Millennium Stadium
2002 - Ireland won 54-10 at Lansdowne Road
2001 - Ireland won 36-6 at the Millennium Stadium
2000 - Wales won 23-19 at Lansdowne Road
1999 - Ireland won 29-23 at Wembley Stadium
1998 - Wales won 30-21 at Lansdowne Road
1997 - Ireland won 26-25 at Cardiff Arms Park
1996 - Ireland won 30-17 at Lansdowne Road
DID YOU KNOW?:
* The first international between Ireland Wales was back in 1882. Wales won by two goals and two tries to nil, which in today's language means four tries with two conversions
* Wales beat Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in March 2005 to claim their first Grand Slam since 1978
* These two sides both made their first ever World Cup apperance when they met at Athletic Park in Wellington, New Zealand in the 1987 tournament. Wales ran out 13-6 winners, with Cardiff centre Mark Ring scoring the only try of the game