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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

A statistical preview of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations final round match between Ireland and Scotland at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 2.30pm).

2015 RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, March 21

SCOTLAND (6th) v IRELAND (2nd), BT Murrayfield, 2.30pm (live RTÉ Two/BBC One/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

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SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); Dougie Fife (Edinburgh), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors); Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester) (capt); Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Saracens), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan (London Irish), David Denton (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Geoff Cross (London Irish), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh), Tim Visser (Edinburgh).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster); Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/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), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster).
Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster).

Referee: Jerome Garces (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzere (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television Match Official: Graham Hughes (England)


Played – 128
Scotland Won – 65
Ireland Won – 58
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 Stat Zone

Ireland v Scotland In The Six Nations:

2000: Ireland won 44-22, Lansdowne Road
2001: Scotland won 32-10, Murrayfield
2002: Ireland won 43-22, Lansdowne Road
2003: Ireland won 36-6, Murrayfield
2004: Ireland won 37-16, Lansdowne Road
2005: Ireland won 40-13, Murrayfield
2006: Ireland won 15-9, Lansdowne Road
2007: Ireland won 19-18, Murrayfield
2008: Ireland won 34-13, Croke Park
2009: Ireland won 22-15, Murrayfield
2010: Scotland won 23-20, Croke Park
2011: Ireland won 21-18, Murrayfield
2012: Ireland won 32-14, Aviva Stadium
2013: Scotland won 12-8, Murrayfield
2014: Ireland won 28-6, Aviva Stadium

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)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Scotland:

15 Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara
14 Mike Gibson
13 John Hayes, Willie John McBride, Chris Paterson
12 Phil Orr, Fergus Slattery, Peter Stringer
11 Sandy Carmichael, Scott Hastings, Moss Keane, Tom Kiernan, Bill Maclagan

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Scotland:

125 Ronan O’Gara
95 Chris Paterson
84 David Humphreys
75 Gavin Hastings
56 Michael Kiernan
51 Ollie Campbell, Peter Dods
49 Andy Irvine
36 Jonathan Sexton

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Scotland:

6 Roy Laidlaw
5 Alan Duggan, Brendan Mullin, Brian O’Driscoll
4 Eugene Davy, Andrew Henderson, Denis Hickie, Arthur Smith, Tony Stanger, George Stephenson, Bill Stewart, Ivan Tukalo, Bunny Wauchope

Scotland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2014 Six Nations:

Lost 28-6 v Ireland away (Six Nations)
Lost 20-0 v England home (Six Nations)
Won 21-20 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 19-17 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 51-3 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 24-6 v USA away (Summer Tour)
Won 19-17 v Canada away (Summer Tour)
Won 21-19 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Lost 55-6 v South Africa away (Summer Tour)
Won 41-31 v Argentina home (Autumn Series)
Lost 24-16 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 37-12 v Tonga home (Autumn Series)
Lost 15-8 v France away (Six Nations)
Lost 26-23 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 22-19 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Lost 25-13 v England away (Six Nations)

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2014 Six Nations:

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)
Won 26-23 v Australia home (Autumn Series)
Won 26-3 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 18-11 v France home (Six Nations)
Won 19-9 v England home (Six Nations)
Lost 23-16 v Wales away (Six Nations)

International Championship All-Time Records:

Points –
557 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
546 Jonny Wilkinson (England)
467 Stephen Jones (Wales)
406 Neil Jenkins (Wales)
403 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
271 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)
232 Paul Grayson (England)
221 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

Tries –
26 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 –
65 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
63 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
56 Mike Gibson (Ireland)
55 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
54 John Hayes (Ireland)
54 Jason Leonard (England)
53 Willie John McBride (Ireland)
53 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
52 Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
51 Martyn Williams (Wales)
51 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
50 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
50 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
50 Philippe Sella (France)
50 Rory Underwood (England)
50 Stephen Jones (Wales)

Scotland – Most-Capped Players:

109 Chris Paterson
93 Sean Lamont
87 Scott Murray
85 Mike Blair
84 Ross Ford
82 Gregor Townsend
77 Nathan Hines
77 Jason White
75 Gordon Bulloch
71 Stuart Grimes
70 Chris Cusiter
70 Kenny Logan
67 Dan Parks

Scotland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

809 Chris Paterson
667 Gavin Hastings
335 Greig Laidlaw
273 Andy Irvine
266 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:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
463 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
28 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

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)
57 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)
137 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
123 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
121 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
119 Gethin Jenkins (114-Wales, 5-Lions)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
112 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
111 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
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 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
107 Paul O’Connell (100-Ireland, 7-Lions)
106 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
106 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
104 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
101 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)