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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 meeting of Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 5pm).

2016 RBS 6 NATIONS: Saturday, March 19

IRELAND (5th) v SCOTLAND (3rd), Aviva Stadium, 5pm (live RTÉ Two/ITV/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

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IRELAND: Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), Jared Payne (Ulster), 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), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster).

Replacements: Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht), Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht), Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Harlequins); Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester) (capt); Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Richie Gray (Castres Olympique), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).

Replacements: Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors).

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


Played – 130
Ireland Won – 60
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; Ireland won 28-22, Aviva Stadium

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 Ross Ford, Paul O’Connell, Phil Orr, Fergus Slattery, Peter Stringer
11 Sandy Carmichael, Jim Hamilton, Scott Hastings, Moss Keane, Tom Kiernan, Sean Lamont, Bill Maclagan

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
32 Greig Laidlaw

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 2015 Six Nations:

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)
Won 50-7 v Canada neutral (World Cup Pool D)
Won 44-10 v Romania neutral (World Cup Pool D)
Won 16-9 v Italy neutral (World Cup Pool D)
Won 24-9 v France neutral (World Cup Pool D)
Lost 43-20 v Argentina neutral (World Cup Quarter-Final)
Drew 16-16 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 10-9 v France away (Six Nations)
Lost 21-10 v England away (Six Nations)
Won 58-15 v Italy home (Six Nations)

Scotland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2015 Six Nations:

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)
Lost 28-22 v Ireland away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 16-12 v Italy away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 48-7 v Italy home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 19-16 v France away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 45-10 v Japan neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 39-16 v USA neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Lost 34-16 v South Africa neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 36-33 v Samoa neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Lost 35-34 v Australia neutral (World Cup Quarter-Final)
Lost 15-9 v England home (Six Nations)
Lost 27-23 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 36-20 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 29-18 v France home (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)
277 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
273 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)
232 Paul Grayson (England)
225 Owen Farrell (England)

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)
59 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
56 Mike Gibson (Ireland)
55 Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
54 John Hayes (Ireland)
54 Jason Leonard (England)
54 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
53 Willie John McBride (Ireland)
53 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
51 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
51 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
51 Martyn Williams (Wales)
50 Rory Best (Ireland)
50 Philippe Sella (France)
50 Rory Underwood (England)
50 Stephen Jones (Wales)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

46 Brian O’Driscoll
30 Tommy Bowe
29 Denis Hickie
21 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
17 Andrew Trimble
16 Keith Earls
16 Ronan O’Gara
15 Kevin Maggs
15 Keith Wood
14 George Stephenson
13 Rob Kearney
12 Keith Crossan
12 Jamie Heaslip
12 David Wallace

Scotland – Most-Capped Players:

109 Chris Paterson
103 Sean Lamont
98 Ross Ford
87 Scott Murray
85 Mike Blair
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
498 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
14 Sean Lamont
13 Kenny Logan
13 Tommy Seymour

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1598 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)
64 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
60 Shane Williams (58-Wales, 2-Lions)
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:

148 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
141 Brian O’Driscoll (133-Ireland, 8-Lions)
139 George Gregan (Australia)
132 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
127 Gethin Jenkins (122-Wales, 5-Lions)
127 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
118 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
118 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
117 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
115 Paul O’Connell (108-Ireland, 7-Lions)
114 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
112 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
111 George Smith (Australia)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
109 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
106 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
104 Alun Wyn Jones (98-Wales, 6-Lions)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Sean Lamont (Scotland)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Matt Giteau (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Stephen Moore (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)