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Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

A statistical preview of Saturday’s GUINNESS Summer Series game between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 5pm).


IRELAND v SCOTLAND, Aviva Stadium, 5pm (live Sky Sports 1/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog/highlights RTÉ Two (9.55pm))

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IRELAND: Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster); Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster); Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) (capt).

Replacements: Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster), Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht), Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster), Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster), Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster).

SCOTLAND: Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps); Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Harlequins); Greig Tonks (Edinburgh), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) (capt); Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Jim Hamilton (Saracens), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Hugh Blake (Glasgow Warriors), David Denton (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Mike Cusack (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets), Sam Hidalgo-­Clyne (Edinburgh), Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh).

Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television Match Official: Graham Hughes (England)


Played – 129
Ireland Won – 59
Scotland Won – 65
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.

Ireland v Scotland: IRFU Stat Zone

Ireland v Scotland – Results Since 2000:

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; Ireland won 29-10, 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; Scotland won 31-21, 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; Scotland won 10-6, Murrayfield
2012: Ireland won 32-14, Aviva Stadium
2013: Scotland won 12-8, Murrayfield
2014: Ireland won 28-6, Aviva Stadium
2015: Ireland won 40-10, Murrayfield

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points: 44-22, 2000 Six Nations; Margin: 36-6, 2003 Six Nations; 40-10, 2015 Six Nations

Scotland: Points & Margin: 38-10, 1997 Five Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 26 (David Humphreys 2003); Scotland 18 (Chris Paterson 2007, Dan Parks 2010)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 3 (Eugene Davy 1930, Seamus Byrne 1953, Brian O’Driscoll 2002); Scotland 4 (William Stewart 1913)

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, Ross Ford, Scott Hastings, Moss Keane, Tom Kiernan, Bill Maclagan, Paul O’Connell

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Scotland:

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

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

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)
Won 40-10 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Won 35-21 v Wales away (World Cup Warm-Up)

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)
Lost 40-10 v Ireland home (Six Nations)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
481 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
14 George Stephenson
13 Keith Earls

Scotland – Most-Capped Players:

109 Chris Paterson
93 Sean Lamont
87 Scott Murray
85 Mike Blair
85 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
340 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

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1500 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)
58 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)
141 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
139 George Gregan (Australia)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
126 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
122 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)
114 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
112 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
111 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
111 George Smith (Australia)
110 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
109 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
108 Paul O’Connell (101-Ireland, 7-Lions)
107 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
107 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
105 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)
100 Vasco Uva (Portugal)