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Head-To-Head: Scotland v Ireland

Head-To-Head: Scotland v Ireland

See below for a statistical preview of Saturday afternoon’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield (kick-off 2.15pm).

2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP WARM-UP TEST: Saturday, August 6

SCOTLAND v IRELAND, Murrayfield, 2.15pm (live BBC Two Northern Ireland/Setanta Sports Ireland)

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SCOTLAND: Chris Paterson (Edinburgh); Nikki Walker (Ospreys), Joe Ansbro (London Irish), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Scarlets); Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Lawson (Gloucester) (capt); Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors).

Replacements: Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), David Denton (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Jack Cuthbert (Bath).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin/Munster); Tom Court (Malone/Ulster), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Tony Buckley (Sale Sharks), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster) (capt), Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht), Niall Ronan (Shannon/Munster), Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster).

Replacements: Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster), Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster), John Hayes (Bruff/Munster), Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster), Kevin McLaughlin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster), Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster).

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Dave Pearson, Stuart Terheege (both Scotland)
Television Match Official: Graham Warren (England)


Played – 125
Scotland Won – 63
Ireland Won – 56
Drawn – 5
Abandoned – 1

The five drawn matches were in 1893, 1896, 1900 (all 0-0), 1979 (11-11) and 1994 (6-6). The abandoned game was in 1885 at Ormeau in Belfast, when the pitch became waterlogged during a storm.

Scotland’s win in Dublin in 2010 brought to an end a run of eight successive Ireland wins in the Six Nations

Ireland v Scotland: IRFU Stats Vault

Biggest Wins:

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, Dan Parks 2010); 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 44-22, Lansdowne Road; 2001: Scotland 32-10, Murrayfield; 2002: Ireland 43-22, Lansdowne Road; 2003: Ireland 36-6, Murrayfield; 2004: Ireland 37-16, Lansdowne Road; 2005: Ireland 40-13, Murrayfield; 2006: Ireland 15-9, Lansdowne Road; 2007: Ireland 19-18, Murrayfield; 2008: Ireland 34-13, Croke Park; 2009: Ireland 22-15, Murrayfield; 2010: Scotland 23-20, Croke Park; 2011: Ireland 21-18, Murrayfield

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

Lost 18-9 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 31-24 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Lost 16-12 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Drew 15-15 v England home (Six Nations)
Won 23-20 v Ireland away (Six Nations)
Won 24-16 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Won 13-9 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Lost 49-3 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 21-17 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 19-16 v Samoa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 34-21 v France away (Six Nations)
Lost 24-6 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 21-18 v Ireland home (Six Nations)
Lost 22-16 v England away (Six Nations)
Won 21-8 v Italy home (Six Nations)

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)
Won 24-8 v England home (Six Nations)

Scotland – Most-Capped Players:

104 Chris Paterson
87 Scott Murray
82 Gregor Townsend
77 Jason White
75 Gordon Bulloch
72 Nathan Hines
71 Mike Blair
71 Stuart Grimes
70 Kenny Logan
66 Simon Taylor

Scotland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

783 Chris Paterson
667 Gavin Hastings
273 Andy Irvine
223 Dan Parks
220 Kenny Logan
210 Peter Dods

Scotland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

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

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

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

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1204 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1195 Jonny Wilkinson (1128-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1010 Diego Dominguez (27-Argentina, 983-Italy)
1006 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
967 Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
942 Stephen Jones (889-Wales, 53-Lions)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
783 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)
45 Brian O’Driscoll (44-Ireland, 1-Lions)
44 Jeff Wilson (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 Brian O’Driscoll (112-Ireland, 6-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
110 Ronan O’Gara (108-Ireland, 2-Lions)
110 George Smith (Australia)
106 John Hayes (104-Ireland, 2-Lions)
106 Stephen Jones (100-Wales, 6-Lions)
105 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
104 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
104 John Smit (South Africa)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Martyn Williams (98-Wales, 4-Lions)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 David Campese (Australia)