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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

A statistical preview of Saturday’s GUINNESS Series encounter between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 4.30pm).

2014 GUINNESS SERIES MATCH: Saturday, November 22

IRELAND v AUSTRALIA, Aviva Stadium, 4.30pm (live RTÉ Two/Sky Sports 2 HD/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

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IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) (capt), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Rodney Ah You (Buccaneers/Connacht), Dave Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster), Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster), Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster).

AUSTRALIA: Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs); Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Tevita Kuridrani (ACT Brumbies), Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies), Henry Speight (ACT Brumbies); Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs), Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs); James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Sam Carter (ACT Brumbies), Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds), Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels), Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs) (capt), Ben McCalman (Western Force).

Replacements: James Hanson (Queensland Reds), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Tetera Faulkner (Western Force), Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs), Jake Schatz (Queensland Reds), Will Genia (Queensland Reds), Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs).

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television Match Official: Eric Gauzins (France)


Played – 31
Ireland Won – 9
Australia Won – 21
Drawn – 1

Ireland v Australia: IRFU Stats Vault

Recent Meetings:

Saturday, June 26, 2010 – Summer Tour – Australia 22 Ireland 15, Suncorp Stadium
Saturday, September 17, 2011 – World Cup Pool C – Australia 6 Ireland 15, Eden Park
Saturday, November 16, 2013 – GUINNESS Series – Ireland 15 Australia 32, Aviva Stadium

Biggest Wins And Margins:

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

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

Individual Records In The Series:

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

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

Most Appearances – Ireland v Australia:

12 – Brian O’Driscoll
9 – Ronan O’Gara, George Gregan
8 – Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Malcolm O’Kelly, George Smith
7 – Matthew Burke, Girvan Dempsey, John Hayes, Peter Stringer, David Wilson, Keith Wood

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Australia:

74 – Ronan O’Gara
64 – Michael Lynagh
41 – Matthew Burke
36 – Jonathan Sexton
30 – David Humphreys
29 – Elton Flatley
28 – Ollie Campbell, Quade Cooper, Paul McLean

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Australia:

4 – David Campese, Chris Latham
3 – George Gregan, Tim Horan, Drew Mitchell, Brian O’Driscoll, Tiaan Strauss
2 – Matthew Burke, Peter Clohessy, Quade Cooper, Dan Herbert, Michael Hooper, Michael Lynagh, Kevin Maggs, Colin Patterson, Ilie Tabua Tamanivalu, Ben Tune, David Wilson

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2013 Six Nations:

Won 30-22 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Lost 12-6 v England home (Six Nations)
Lost 12-8 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Drew 13-13 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 22-15 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 15-12 v USA away (Summer Tour)
Won 40-14 v Canada away (Summer Tour)
Won 40-9 v Samoa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 32-15 v Australia home (Autumn Series)
Lost 24-22 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 28-6 v Scotland home (Six Nations)
Won 26-3 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 13-10 v England away (Six Nations)
Won 46-7 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Won 22-20 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 29-17 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Won 23-17 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Won 29-15 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 49-7 v Georgia home (Autumn Series)

Australia – Form Guide From The Start Of The 2013 Season:

Lost 23-21 v British & Irish Lions home (Lions Test Series)
Won 16-15 v British & Irish Lions home (Lions Test Series)
Lost 41-16 v British & Irish Lions home (Lions Test Series)
Lost 47-29 v New Zealand home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 27-16 v New Zealand away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 38-12 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Won 14-13 v Argentina home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 28-8 v South Africa away (Rugby Championship)
Won 54-17 v Argentina away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 41-33 v New Zealand away (Bledisloe Cup)
Lost 20-13 v England away (Autumn Tour)
Won 50-20 v Italy away (Autumn Tour)
Won 32-15 v Italy away (Autumn Tour)
Won 21-15 v Scotland away (Autumn Tour)
Won 30-26 v Wales away (Autumn Tour)
Won 50-23 v France home (Summer Series)
Won 6-0 v France home (Summer Series)
Won 39-13 v France home (Summer Series)
Drew 12-12 v New Zealand away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 51-20 v New Zealand away (Rugby Championship)
Won 24-23 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Won 32-25 v Argentina home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 28-10 v South Africa away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 21-17 v Argentina away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 29-28 v New Zealand home (Bledisloe Cup)
Won 33-28 v Wales away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 29-26 v France away (Autumn Tour)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
105 John Hayes
98 Peter Stringer
95 Paul O’Connell
94 Donncha O’Callaghan
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
82 Girvan Dempsey
80 Gordon D’Arcy
77 Rory Best
72 David Humphreys
72 David Wallace
72 Geordan Murphy
70 Kevin Maggs
69 Mike Gibson
68 Jamie Heaslip

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
407 Jonathan Sexton
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
245 Brian O’Driscoll
217 Ollie Campbell
158 Tom Kiernan

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

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

Australia – Most-Capped Players:

139 George Gregan
116 Nathan Sharpe
111 George Smith
102 Adam Ashley-Cooper
102 Stephen Larkham
101 David Campese
92 Matt Giteau
92 Stephen Moore
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
223 James O’Connor
200 Chris Latham
200 Berrick Barnes

Australia – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

64 David Campese
40 Chris Latham
30 Adam Ashley-Cooper
30 Tim Horan
30 Drew Mitchell
30 Joe Roff
30 Lote Tuqiri
29 Matthew Burke
29 Matt Giteau
29 Stirling Mortlock
25 Stephen Larkham

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1457 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1246 Jonny Wilkinson (1179-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1083 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)
56 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
50 Rory Underwood (49-England, 1-Lions)
49 Doug Howlett (New Zealand)
47 Brian O’Driscoll (46-Ireland, 1-Lions)
46 Christian Cullen (New Zealand)
46 Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
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:

141 Brian O’Driscoll (133-Ireland, 8-Lions)
139 George Gregan (Australia)
136 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
122 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
119 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
114 Gethin Jenkins (109-Wales, 5-Lions)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
111 George Smith (Australia)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
110 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
109 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
107 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
106 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
105 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
104 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Paul O’Connell (95-Ireland, 7-Lions)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
102 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
100 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)