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Head-To-Head: England v Ireland

Head-To-Head: England v Ireland

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

2012 RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, March 17

ENGLAND (2nd) v IRELAND (3rd), Twickenham, 5pm (live RTÉ Two/BBC One)

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ENGLAND: Ben Foden (Northampton Saints); Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Brad Barritt (Saracens), David Strettle (Saracens); Owen Farrell (Saracens), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints); Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) (capt), Ben Morgan (Scarlets).

Replacements: Lee Mears (Bath), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Hodgson (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), 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) (capt), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster), Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Tom Court (Malone/Ulster), Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin/Munster), Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster), Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Jérôme Garces (France), Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Television Match Official: Jim Yuille (Scotland)


Played – 125
Ireland Won – 46
England Won – 71
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:

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

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

Individual Records In The Series:

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

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

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; 2011: Ireland won 24-8, Aviva Stadium

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)
Won 15-6 v Australia neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Won 62-12 v Russia neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Won 36-6 v Italy neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Lost 22-10 v Wales neutral (World Cup Quarter-Final)
Lost 23-21 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Won 42-10 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Drew 17-17 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 32-14 v Scotland home (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)
Lost 24-8 v Ireland away (Six Nations)
Won 23-19 v Wales home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 19-9 v Wales away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 20-9 v Ireland away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 13-9 v Argentina neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 41-10 v Georgia neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 67-3 v Romania neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 16-12 v Scotland neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Lost 19-12 v France neutral (World Cup quarter-final)
Won 13-6 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Won 19-15 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 19-12 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Won 24-22 v France away (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)
403 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)

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

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

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

120 Ronan O’Gara
117 Brian O’Driscoll
105 John Hayes
98 Peter Stringer
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
85 Paul O’Connell
84 Donncha O’Callaghan
82 Girvan Dempsey
72 David Humphreys
72 David Wallace
72 Geordan Murphy
70 Kevin Maggs
69 Mike Gibson

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1075 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
240 Brian O’Driscoll
217 Ollie Campbell
208 Jonathan Sexton
158 Tom Kiernan

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

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

England – Most-Capped Players:

114 Jason Leonard
91 Jonny Wilkinson
85 Rory Underwood
85 Lawrence Dallaglio
84 Martin Johnson
78 Joe Worsley
77 Matt Dawson
75 Mike Catt
75 Mike Tindall
73 Phil Vickery
73 Steve Thompson

England – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1179 Jonny Wilkinson
400 Paul Grayson
396 Rob Andrew
296 Jon Webb
269 Charlie Hodgson
240 Dusty Hare
223 Toby Flood
210 Rory Underwood
203 Simon Hodgkinson

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:

1250 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1246 Jonny Wilkinson (1179-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1075 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
1010 Diego Dominguez (27-Argentina, 983-Italy)
970 Stephen Jones (917-Wales, 53-Lions)
967 Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
809 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

64 David Campese (Australia)
60 Shane Williams (58-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)
46 Brian O’Driscoll (45-Ireland, 1-Lions)
44 Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)
41 Gareth Thomas (40-Wales, 1-Lions)
40 Chris Latham (Australia)
40 Bryan Habana (South Africa)

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

The ‘100 Caps’ Club:

139 George Gregan (Australia)
123 Brian O’Driscoll (117-Ireland, 6-Lions)
122 Ronan O’Gara (120-Ireland, 2-Lions)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
110 George Smith (Australia)
110 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
103 Martyn Williams (99-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)

RBS 6 Nations Statistics with Accenture