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Head-To-Head: Ireland v England

Head-To-Head: Ireland v England

See below for a statistical preview of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 5pm).

2011 RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, March 19

IRELAND v ENGLAND, Aviva Stadium, 5pm (live RTÉ Two/BBC One)

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IRELAND: Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster); Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster), Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster), David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht), Tom Court (Malone/Ulster), Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster), Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster), Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster), Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster), Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster).

ENGLAND: Ben Foden (Northampton Saints); Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Matt Banahan (Bath), Shontayne Hape (Bath), Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks); Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Stade Francais), Nick Easter (Harlequins) (capt).

Replacements: Steve Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester), Simon Shaw (London Wasps), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Danny Care (Harlequins), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), David Strettle (Saracens).

Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens, Tim Hayes (both Wales)
Television Match Official: Giulio de Santis (Italy)


Played – 123
Ireland Won – 45
England Won – 70
Drawn – 8

The drawn games were in 1882 (two tries each), 1910 (0-0), 1925 (6-6), 1953 (9-9), 1955 (6-6), 1963 (0-0), 1966 (6-6) and 1968 (9-9)

Ireland v England: IRFU Stats Vault

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points & Margin: 43-13, 2007 Six Nations

England: Points: 50-18, 2000 Six Nations; Margin: 46-6, 1997 Five Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 21 (Ollie Campbell 1983, Ronan O’Gara 2007); England 23 (Paul Grayson 1996)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 2 (by 13 players – last by Tommy Bowe 2010); England 3 (Henry Taylor 1881, Chris Oti 1988)

Ireland v England In The Six Nations:

2000: England won 50-18, Twickenham; 2001: Ireland won 20-14, Lansdowne Road; 2002: England won 45-11, Twickenham; 2003: England won 42-6, Lansdowne Road; 2004: Ireland won 19-13, Twickenham; 2005: Ireland won 19-13, Lansdowne Road; 2006: Ireland won 28-24, Twickenham; 2007: Ireland won 43-13, Croke Park; 2008: England won 33-10, Twickenham; 2009: Ireland won 14-13, Croke Park; 2010: Ireland won 20-16, Twickenham

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2010 Six Nations:

Won 29-11 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Lost 33-10 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 20-16 v England away (Six Nations)
Won 27-12 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 23-20 v Scotland home (Six Nations)
Lost 66-28 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 22-15 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Lost 23-21 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 20-10 v Samoa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 38-18 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 29-9 v Argentina home (Autumn Series)
Won 13-11 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 25-22 v France home (Six Nations)
Won 21-18 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Lost 19-13 v Wales away (Six Nations)

England – Form Guide From Start Of The 2010 Six Nations:

Won 30-17 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Won 17-12 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 20-16 v Ireland home (Six Nations)
Drew 15-15 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Lost 12-10 v France away (Six Nations)
Lost 27-17 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Won 21-20 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Lost 26-16 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 35-18 v Australia home (Autumn Series)
Won 26-13 v Samoa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 21-11 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 26-19 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 59-13 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Won 17-9 v France home (Six Nations)
Won 22-16 v Scotland home (Six Nations)

International Championship All-Time Records:

Points –
551 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
546 Jonny Wilkinson (England)
467 Stephen Jones (Wales)
406 Neil Jenkins (Wales)
392 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)

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

Caps –
56 Mike Gibson (Ireland)
55 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
54 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
54 John Hayes (Ireland)
54 Jason Leonard (England)
53 Willie John McBride (Ireland)
52 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
51 Martyn Williams (Wales)
50 Philippe Sella (France)
50 Rory Underwood (England)
49 Stephen Jones (Wales)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

111 Brian O’Driscoll
107 Ronan O’Gara
104 John Hayes
97 Peter Stringer
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
82 Girvan Dempsey
74 Paul O’Connell
72 David Humphreys
71 Donncha O’Callaghan
70 Kevin Maggs
70 David Wallace
69 Geordan Murphy
69 Mike Gibson

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1006 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
230 Brian O’Driscoll
217 Ollie Campbell

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

43 Brian O’Driscoll
29 Denis Hickie
21 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
16 Tommy Bowe
16 Ronan O’Gara
15 Kevin Maggs
15 Keith Wood

England – Most-Capped Players:

114 Jason Leonard
85 Rory Underwood
85 Lawrence Dallaglio
84 Martin Johnson
84 Jonny Wilkinson
78 Joe Worsley
77 Matt Dawson
75 Mike Catt
73 Phil Vickery
72 Will Carling

England – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1128 Jonny Wilkinson
400 Paul Grayson
396 Rob Andrew
296 Jon Webb
259 Charlie Hodgson
240 Dusty Hare
210 Rory Underwood
203 Simon Hodgkinson
190 Toby Flood

England – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

49 Rory Underwood
31 Ben Cohen
31 Will Greenwood
30 Jeremy Guscott
28 Jason Robinson
24 Dan Luger
22 Josh Lewsey

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1195 Jonny Wilkinson (1128-England, 67-Lions)
1188 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1010 Diego Dominguez (27-Argentina, 983-Italy)
1006 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
967 Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
934 Stephen Jones (881-Wales, 53-Lions)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
772 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

64 David Campese (Australia)
55 Shane Williams (53-Wales, 2-Lions)
50 Rory Underwood (49-England, 1-Lions)
49 Doug Howlett (New Zealand)
46 Christian Cullen (New Zealand)
46 Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
44 Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)
44 Brian O’Driscoll (43-Ireland, 1-Lions)
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)
117 Brian O’Driscoll (111-Ireland, 6-Lions)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
110 George Smith (Australia)
109 Ronan O’Gara (107-Ireland, 2-Lions)
106 John Hayes (104-Ireland, 2-Lions)
105 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
104 Stephen Jones (98-Wales, 6-Lions)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
103 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 John Smit (South Africa)
102 Martyn Williams (98-Wales, 4-Lions)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 David Campese (Australia)

– Official match data supplied by RBS 6 Nations