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Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

See below for a statistical preview of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Australia at Eden Park (kick-off 8.30pm local time/9.30am Irish time).

2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP – POOL C: Saturday, September 17

AUSTRALIA v IRELAND, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.30pm local time/9.30am Irish time (live RTÉ Two/Setanta Sports Ireland/UTV)

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AUSTRALIA: Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs); James O’Connor (Western Force), Anthony Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies); Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Will Genia (Queensland Reds); Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Dan Vickerman (NSW Waratahs), James Horwill (Queensland Reds) (capt), Rocky Elsom (Brumbies), Ben McCalman (Western Force), Radike Samo (Queensland Reds).

Replacements: Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds), Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs), Scott Higginbotham (Queensland Reds), Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs), Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster); 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), Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster), Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (Leinster), Tom Court (Malone/Ulster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster), Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster), Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster).

Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Dave Pearson, Stuart Terheege (both England)
Television Match Official: Graham Hughes (England)


Played – 29
Australia Won – 20
Ireland Won – 8
Drawn – 1

Ireland v Australia: IRFU Stats Vault

Biggest Wins And Margins:

Australia: Points & Margin: 46-10, 1999 First Test

Ireland: Points: 27-12, 1979 First Test; Margin: 27-12, 1979 First Test; 21-6, 2006 Tour Match

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Australia 25 (Elton Flatley, 2003 Tour Match); Ireland 19 (Ollie Campbell, 1979 First Test)

Most Tries In A Match: Australia 3 (Tiaan Strauss, 1999 First Test); Ireland 2 (Colin Paterson, 1979 First Test)

Australia – Form Guide From Start Of 2010:

Won 49-3 v Fiji home (Summer Series)
Won 27-17 v England home (Summer Series)
Lost 21-20 v England home (Summer Series)
Won 22-15 v Ireland home (Summer Series)
Won 30-13 v South Africa home (Tri Nations)
Lost 49-28 v New Zealand home (Tri Nations)
Lost 20-10 v New Zealand away (Tri Nations)
Lost 44-31 v South Africa away (Tri Nations)
Won 41-39 v South Africa away (Tri Nations)
Lost 23-22 v New Zealand home (Tri Nations)
Won 26-24 v New Zealand neutral (Bledisloe Cup)
Won 25-16 v Wales away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 35-18 v England away (Autumn Tour)
Won 32-14 v Italy away (Autumn Tour)
Won 59-16 v France away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 32-23 v Samoa home (Summer Series)
Won 39-20 v South Africa home (Tri Nations)
Lost 30-14 v New Zealand away (Tri Nations)
Won 14-9 v South Africa away (Tri Nations)
Won 25-20 v New Zealand home (Tri Nations)
Won 32-6 v Italy neutral (World Cup Pool C)

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)
Lost 10-6 v Scotland away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 19-12 v France away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 26-22 v France home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 20-9 v England home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 22-10 v USA neutral (World Cup Pool C)

Australia – Most-Capped Players:

139 George Gregan
110 George Smith
102 Stephen Larkham
101 David Campese
96 Nathan Sharpe
92 Matt Giteau
86 John Eales
86 Joe Roff
81 Matthew Burke
80 Tim Horan
80 Stirling Mortlock
79 Phil Waugh
79 David Wilson

Australia – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

911 Michael Lynagh
878 Matthew Burke
684 Matt Giteau
489 Stirling Mortlock
315 David Campese
260 Paul McLean
244 Joe Roff
200 Chris Latham

Australia – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

64 David Campese
40 Chris Latham
30 Tim Horan
30 Joe Roff
30 Lote Tuqiri
29 Matthew Burke
29 Matt Giteau
29 Stirling Mortlock

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1033 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
19 Tommy Bowe
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
16 Ronan O’Gara
15 Kevin Maggs
15 Keith Wood

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1238 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1226 Jonny Wilkinson (1159-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1033 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
1010 Diego Dominguez (27-Argentina, 983-Italy)
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)
800 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

64 David Campese (Australia)
56 Shane Williams (54-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)
120 Brian O’Driscoll (114-Ireland, 6-Lions)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
114 Ronan O’Gara (112-Ireland, 2-Lions)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
110 George Smith (Australia)
108 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
107 John Smit (South Africa)
106 Stephen Jones (100-Wales, 6-Lions)
106 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
103 Martyn Williams (99-Wales, 4-Lions)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 David Campese (Australia)

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