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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

See below for a statistical preview of Saturday evening’s RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Murrayfield (kick-off 5pm).

2009 RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, March 14 

SCOTLAND v IRELAND, Murrayfield, 5pm (live RTE Two/BBC One)

SCOTLAND: Chris Paterson (Edinburgh); Simon Danielli (Ulster), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors); Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Mike Blair (Edinburgh) (capt); Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Locks (4/5) from: Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Perpignan), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors) and Jason White (Sale Sharks); Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Taylor (Stade Francais).

Replacements: Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), AN Other, Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Chris Cusiter (Perpignan), AN Other, Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh).

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IRELAND: Robert Kearney (UCD – Leinster); Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), Brian O’Driscoll (UCD – Leinster) (capt), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne – Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College – Leinster); Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution – Munster), Peter Stringer (Shannon – Munster); Marcus Horan (Shannon – Munster), Rory Best (Banbridge – Ulster), John Hayes (Bruff – Munster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution – Munster), Paul O’Connell (Young Munster – Munster), Stephen Ferris (Dungannon – Ulster), David Wallace (Garryowen – Munster), Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution – Munster).

Replacements: Jerry Flannery (Shannon – Munster), Tom Court (Malone – Ulster), Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution – Munster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas – Leinster), Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin – Munster), Paddy Wallace (Ballymena – Ulster), Geordan Murphy (Leicester).

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Touch Judges: Wayne Barnes (England), Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Television Match Official: Hugh Watkins (Wales)


Played – 122 
Scotland Won – 62
Ireland Won – 54
Drawn – 5
Abandoned – 1

Biggest Wins And Margins:

Scotland: Points & Margin: 38-10, 1997 Five Nations

Ireland: Points: 44-22, 2000 Six Nations; Margin: 36-6, 2003 Six Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Scotland 18 (Chris Paterson 2007); Ireland 26 (David Humphreys 2003)

Most Tries In A Match: Scotland 4 (William Stewart 1913); Ireland 3 (Eugene Davy 1930, Seamus Byrne 1953, Brian O’Driscoll 2002) 

Ireland v Scotland In The Six Nations:

2000 Ireland won 44-22, Lansdowne Road 
2001 Scotland won 32-10 Murrayfield
2002 Ireland won 43-22, Lansdowne Road 
2003 Ireland won 36-6 Murrayfield
2004 Ireland won 37-16, Lansdowne Road 
2005 Ireland won 40-13 Murrayfield
2006 Ireland won 15-9, Lansfdowne Road 
2007 Ireland won 19-18 Murrayfield
2008 Ireland won 34-13, Croke Park

Scotland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2008 Six Nations:

Lost 27-6 v France home (6N)
Lost 30-15 v Wales away (6N)
Lost 34-13 v Ireland away (6N)
Won 15-9 v England home (6N)
Lost 23-20 v Italy away (6N)
Lost 21-15 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Won 26-14 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Lost 32-6 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Lost 14-10 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 41-0 v Canada home (Autumn Series)
Lost 26-13 v Wales home (6N)
Lost 22-13 v France away (6N)
Won 26-6 v Italy home (6N)

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2008 Six Nations:

Won 16-11 v Italy home (6N)
Lost 26-21 v France away (6N)
Won 34-13 v Scotland home (6N)
Lost 16-12 v Wales home (6N)
Lost 33-10 v England away (6N)
Lost 21-11 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 18-12 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Won 55-0 v Canada home (Autumn Series)
Lost 22-3 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 17-3 v Argentina home (Autumn Series)
Won 30-21 v France home (6N)
Won 38-9 v Italy away (6N)
Won 14-13 v England home (6N)

Scotland – Most-Capped Players: 

93 Chris Paterson
87 Scott Murray
82 Gregor Townsend
75 Gordon Bulloch
72 Jason White
71 Stuart Grimes
70 Kenny Logan
65 Scott Hastings
64 Simon Taylor
61 Gavin Hastings
61 Doddie Weir
61 Tom Smith
60 Craig Chalmers
60 Bryan Redpath

Scotland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers: 

714 Chris Paterson
667 Gavin Hastings
273 Andy Irvine
220 Kenny Logan
210 Peter Dods
166 Craig Chalmers
164 Gregor Townsend

Scotland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

24 Ian Smith
24 Tony Stanger
22 Chris Paterson
17 Gavin Hastings
17 Alan Tait
17 Gregor Townsend

Ireland – Most-Capped Players: 

92 Malcolm O’Kelly
92 John Hayes
91 Brian O’Driscoll
90 Ronan O’Gara
87 Peter Stringer
82 Girvan Dempsey
72 David Humphreys
70 Kevin Maggs
69 Mike Gibson
65 Simon Easterby
64 Marcus Horan
64 Shane Horgan
63 Willie John McBride

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers: 

895 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
217 Ollie Campbell
190 Brian O’Driscoll

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

35 Brian O’Driscoll
29 Denis Hickie
20 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
15 Keith Wood
15 Kevin Maggs
14 George Stephenson
14 Ronan O’Gara

International Championship – All-Time Scoring Records:

Points – 
479 Jonny Wilkinson (England)
475 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
406 Neil Jenkins (Wales)
367 Stephen Jones (Wales)
337 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)

Tries – 
24 Ian Smith (Scotland)
20 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
18 Cyril Lowe (England)
18 Rory Underwood (England)
18 Gareth Edwards (Wales)

Note: Points and tries are for International Championship – Five and Six Nations – as Jonny Wilkinson scored his first 60 points in the 1998 and 1999 Five Nations and Ian Smith’s try record has stood from the 1920s

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1099 Jonny Wilkinson (1032-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1010 Diego Dominguez (983-Italy, 27-Argentina)
967 Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
895 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
879 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
733 Gavin Hastings (667-Scotland, 66-Lions)
714 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

64 David Campese (Australia)
50 Rory Underwood (49-England, 1-Lions)
49 Doug Howlett (New Zealand)
46 Christian Cullen (New Zealand)
45 Shane Williams (Wales)
44 Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)
43 Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
41 Gareth Thomas (40-Wales, 1-Lions)
40 Chris Latham (Australia)

Note: Daisuke Ohata scored 69 tries for Japan, but not all against major international opposition

The ‘100 Caps’ Club: 

139 George Gregan (Australia)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)

Data supplied by SAS Software – the official data and competitive intelligence partner of the RBS 6 Nations Championship