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Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Canada

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Canada

A statistical preview of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D opener between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm).

RUGBY WORLD CUP POOL D: Saturday, September 19

IRELAND v CANADA, Millennium Stadium, 2.30pm (live TV3/UTV/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

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IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Paul O’Connell (Young 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), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster).

CANADA: Matt Evans (Cornish Pirates); Jeff Hassler (Ospreys), Ciaran Hearn (Unattached/Atlantic Rock), Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack), DTH van der Merwe (Scarlets); Nathan Hirayama (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears), Gordon McRorie (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack); Hubert Buydens (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack), Ray Barkwill (Unattached/Ontario Blues), Doug Wooldridge (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues), Brett Beukeboom (Cornish Pirates), Jamie Cudmore (Clermont Auvergne) (capt), Kyle Gilmour (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack), John Moonlight (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues), Aaron Carpenter (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues).

Replacements: Benoit Piffero (Unattached/Atlantic Rock), Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues), Andrew Tiedemann (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack), Jebb Sinclair (London Irish/Atlantic Rock), Richard Thorpe (London Welsh), Phil Mack (James Bay AA/BC Bears), Liam Underwood (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues), Conor Trainor (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears).

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television Match Official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


Played – 6
Ireland Won – 5
Canada Won – 0
Drawn – 1

Ireland v Canada: IRFU Stat Zone

Ireland v Canada – Results:

1987: Rugby World Cup Pool 2 – Canada 19 Ireland 46, Carisbrook, Dunedin
1997: Autumn Test – Ireland 33 Canada 11, Lansdowne Road
2000: Summer Tour – Canada 27 Ireland 27, Fletcher’s Field, Markham
2008: Autumn Test – Ireland 55 Canada 0, Thomond Park
2009: Summer Tour – Canada 6 Ireland 25, Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver
2013: Summer Tour – Canada 14 Ireland 40, BMO Stadium, Toronto

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points & Margin: 55-0, 2008 Autumn Test


Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 19 (Michael Kiernan 1987); Canada 17 (Scott Stewart 2000)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 3 (Fergus McFadden, 2013); Canada 1 (Mark Cardinal 1987, 1997; Phil Murphy 2000, Winston Stanley 2000, Scott Stewart 2000; Tyler Ardron 2013)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Canada:

3 – Aaron Carpenter, Eddie Evans, Ciaran Hearn, Tyler Hotson, James Pritchard, Gareth Rees, Jebb Sinclair, Peter Stringer

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Canada:

22 – Ronan O’Gara
21 – Gareth Rees, Mark Wyatt
19 – Michael Kiernan
17 – Scott Stewart
15 – Fergus McFadden, James Pritchard
10 – Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, Ian Keatley, Kevin Nowlan

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Canada:

3 – Fergus McFadden
2 – Tommy Bowe, Mark Cardinal, Keith Crossan, Rob Kearney, Kevin Nowlan

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)
Lost 16-10 v Wales home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 21-13 v England away (World Cup Warm-Up)

Canada – Form Guide From Start Of The 2014 Test Season:

Lost 34-25 v Japan home (Pacific Nations Cup)
Lost 19-17 v Scotland home (Summer Test)
Lost 38-35 v USA away (Pacific Nations Cup)
Won 17-13 v Namibia neutral (Autumn Tour)
Lost 23-13 v Samoa neutral (Autumn Tour)
Lost 18-9 v Romania away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 20-6 v Japan neutral (Pacific Nations Cup)
Lost 28-18 v Tonga home (Pacific Nations Cup)
Lost 21-20 v Samoa home (Pacific Nations Cup)
Lost 15-13 v USA home (Pacific Nations Cup)
Lost 41-23 v USA home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 16-15 v Georgia neutral (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 47-18 v Fiji neutral (World Cup Warm-Up)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
105 John Hayes
104 Paul O’Connell
98 Peter Stringer
94 Donncha O’Callaghan
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
85 Rory Best
82 Gordon D’Arcy
82 Girvan Dempsey
75 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
494 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

Canada – Most-Capped Players:

76 Alan Charron
67 Aaron Carpenter
66 Winston Stanley
64 Scott Stewart
62 Rod Snow
61 James Pritchard
58 Bobby Ross
57 Ed Fairhurst
56 Mike James
56 Morgan Williams

Canada – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

607 James Pritchard
491 Gareth Rees
419 Bobby Ross
234 Mark Wyatt
226 Jared Barker
123 Winston Stanley

Canada – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

24 Winston Stanley
18 James Pritchard
16 DTH van der Merwe
14 Aaron Carpenter
13 Morgan Williams
10 Kyle Nichols

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)
121 Gethin Jenkins (116-Wales, 5-Lions)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
115 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
113 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
113 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
111 Paul O’Connell (104-Ireland, 7-Lions)
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 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)
104 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)