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Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Wales

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Wales

A statistical preview of Saturday’s GUINNESS Summer Series game between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm).


IRELAND v WALES, Aviva Stadium, 2.30pm (live Sky Sports 1/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog/highlights RTÉ Two (8pm))

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IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) (capt), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster), Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster), Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster).

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), George North (Northampton Saints); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (capt), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), James King (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes, Luke Pearce (both England)
Television Match Official: Graham Hughes (England)


Played – 122
Ireland Won – 50
Wales Won – 66
Drawn – 6

The six drawn games were in 1890 (one goal each), 1929 (5-5), 1951 (3-3), 1962 (3-3), 1974 (9-9) and 1991 (21-21)

Ireland v Wales: IRFU Stat Zone

Ireland v Wales – Results Since 2000:

2000: Wales won 23-19, Lansdowne Road
2001: Ireland won 36-6, Millennium Stadium
2002: Ireland won 54-10, Lansdowne Road
2003: Ireland won 25-24, Millennium Stadium; Ireland won 35-12, Lansdowne Road
2004: Ireland won 36-15, Lansdowne Road
2005: Wales won 32-20, Millennium Stadium
2006: Ireland won 31-5, Lansdowne Road
2007: Ireland won 19-9, Millennium Stadium
2008: Wales won 16-12, Croke Park
2009: Ireland won 17-15, Millennium Stadium
2010: Ireland won 27-12, Croke Park
2011: Wales won 19-13, Millennium Stadium; Wales won 22-10, Westpac Stadium
2012: Wales won 23-21, Aviva Stadium
2013: Ireland won 30-22, Millennium Stadium
2014: Ireland won 26-3, Aviva Stadium
2015: Wales won 23-16, Millennium Stadium; Ireland won 35-21, Millennium Stadium

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points & Margin: 54-10, 2002 Six Nations

Wales: Points: 34-9, 1976 Five Nations; Margin: 29-0, 1907 Four Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 22 (David Humphreys 2002); Wales 20 (Neil Jenkins 1998)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 3 (Robert Montgomery 1887); Wales 3 (Johnnie Williams 1907, 1910; Bryn Williams 1920)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Wales:

16 Brian O’Driscoll
14 Mike Gibson, Ronan O’Gara
13 Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell
12 Rory Best, Ieuan Evans, Gethin Jenkins, Willie John McBride, Phil Orr
11 Billy Bancroft, Gordon D’Arcy, John Hayes, Robert Jones, Stephen Jones, Moss Keane, Donal Lenihan, Brendan Mullin, Fergus Slattery, Peter Stringer

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Wales:

113 Neil Jenkins
107 Stephen Jones
100 Ronan O’Gara
84 David Humphreys
63 Jonathan Sexton
57 Eric Elwood
54 Phil Bennett
52 Michael Kiernan
44 Leigh Halfpenny

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Wales:

8 Johnnie Williams
7 Brian O’Driscoll
6 Gerald Davies, Ieuan Evans, Teddy Morgan
5 Gareth Edwards
4 Keith Earls, Rusty Gabe

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)
Won 28-22 v Scotland home (World Cup Warm-Up)

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

Won 23-15 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Lost 26-3 v Ireland away (Six Nations)
Won 27-6 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 29-18 v England away (Six Nations)
Won 51-8 v Scotland home (Six Nations)
Lost 38-16 v South Africa away (Summer Tour)
Lost 31-30 v South Africa away (Summer Tour)
Lost 33-28 v Australia home (Autumn Series)
Won 17-13 v Fiji home (Autumn Series)
Lost 34-16 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 12-6 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 21-16 v England home (Six Nations)
Won 26-23 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Won 20-13 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 23-16 v Ireland home (Six Nations)
Won 61-20 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 35-21 v Ireland home (World Cup Warm-Up)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
105 John Hayes
102 Paul O’Connell
98 Peter Stringer
94 Donncha O’Callaghan
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
84 Rory Best
82 Gordon D’Arcy
82 Girvan Dempsey
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

Wales – Most-Capped Players:

114 Gethin Jenkins
104 Stephen Jones
100 Gareth Thomas
100 Martyn Williams
95 Adam Jones
94 Colin Charvis
94 Mike Phillips
92 Gareth Llewellyn
89 Alun Wyn Jones
87 Neil Jenkins
87 Shane Williams
78 James Hook
76 Dwayne Peel
75 Ryan Jones
72 Ieuan Evans

Wales – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1049 Neil Jenkins
917 Stephen Jones
482 Leigh Halfpenny
352 James Hook
304 Paul Thorburn
290 Shane Williams
211 Arwel Thomas

Wales – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

58 Shane Williams
40 Gareth Thomas
33 Ieuan Evans
22 Colin Charvis
22 George North
20 Gareth Edwards
20 Gerald Davies
20 Tom Shanklin

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1516 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)
59 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:

142 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
141 Brian O’Driscoll (133-Ireland, 8-Lions)
139 George Gregan (Australia)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
126 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
123 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)
115 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
112 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
111 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
111 George Smith (Australia)
110 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
109 Paul O’Connell (102-Ireland, 7-Lions)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
108 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
107 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
106 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
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)