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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Australia

A statistical preview of Saturday’s summer tour first Test between Grand Slam champions Ireland and Australia in Brisbane (kick-off 8.05pm local time/11.05am Irish time).

2018 SUMMER TOUR FIRST TEST: Saturday, June 9

AUSTRALIA v IRELAND, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 8.05pm local time/11.05am Irish time (live Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

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AUSTRALIA: Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs); Marika Koroibete (Melbourne Rebels), Samu Kerevi (Queensland Reds), Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs), Dane Haylett-Petty (Melbourne Rebels); Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs), Will Genia (Melbourne Rebels); Scott Sio (Brumbies), Brandon Paenga-Amosa (Queensland Reds), Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Izack Rodda (Queensland Reds), Adam Coleman (Melbourne Rebels), David Pocock (Brumbies), Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs) (capt), Caleb Timu (Queensland Reds).

Replacements: Tolu Latu (NSW Waratahs), Tom Robertson (NSW Waratahs), Taniela Tupou (Queensland Reds), Rob Simmons (NSW Waratahs), Lukhan Tui (Queensland Reds), Pete Samu (Brumbies), Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs), Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster), John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) (capt), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television Match Official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


Played – 33
Australia Won – 21
Ireland Won – 11
Drawn – 1

Ireland v Australia: IRFU Stats Zone

Ireland v Australia – Results Since 2000:

2000: Ireland won 18-9, Lansdowne Road
2003: Australia won 45-16, Subiaco Oval; Australia won 17-16, Telstra Dome
2005: Australia won 30-14, Lansdowne Road
2006: Australia won 37-15, Subiaco Oval; Ireland won 21-6, Lansdowne Road
2008: Australia won 18-12, Telstra Dome
2009: Ireland and Australia drew 20-20, Croke Park
2010: Australia won 22-15, Suncorp Stadium
2011: Ireland won 15-6, Eden Park
2013: Australia won 32-15, Aviva Stadium
2016: Ireland won 26-23, Aviva Stadium
2017: Ireland won 27-24, Aviva Stadium

Biggest Wins And Margins:

Australia: Points & Margin: 46-10, 1999 First Test

Ireland: Points: 27-12, 1979 First Test; Margin: 27-12, 1979 First Test; 21-6, 2006 Tour Match

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Australia 25 (Elton Flatley, 2003 Tour Match); Ireland 19 (Ollie Campbell, 1979 First Test)

Most Tries In A Match: Australia 3 (Tiaan Strauss, 1999 First Test); Ireland 2 (Colin Paterson, 1979 First Test)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Australia:

12 – Brian O’Driscoll
9 – George Gregan, Paul O’Connell, Ronan O’Gara
8 – Rory Best, Donncha O’Callaghan, Malcolm O’Kelly, George Smith
7 – Tommy Bowe, Matthew Burke, Girvan Dempsey, John Hayes, Rob Kearney, Peter Stringer, David Wilson, Keith Wood

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Australia:

74 – Ronan O’Gara
64 – Michael Lynagh
52 – Jonathan Sexton
41 – Matthew Burke
30 – David Humphreys
29 – Elton Flatley
28 – Ollie Campbell, Quade Cooper, Paul McLean

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Australia:

4 – David Campese, Chris Latham
3 – George Gregan, Tim Horan, Drew Mitchell, Brian O’Driscoll, Tiaan Strauss
2 – Tommy Bowe, Matthew Burke, Peter Clohessy, Quade Cooper, Dan Herbert, Michael Hooper, Michael Lynagh, Kevin Maggs, Colin Patterson, Nick Phipps, Ilie Tabua Tamanivalu, Ben Tune, David Wilson

Australia – Form Guide From Start Of The 2017 Season:

Won 37-14 v Fiji home (Summer Test)
Lost 24-19 v Scotland home (Summer Test)
Won 40-27 v Italy home (Summer Test)
Lost 54-34 v New Zealand home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 35-29 v New Zealand away (Rugby Championship)
Drew 23-23 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Won 45-20 v Argentina home (Rugby Championship)
Drew 27-27 v South Africa away (Rugby Championship)
Won 37-20 v Argentina away (Rugby Championship)
Won 23-18 v New Zealand home (Bledisloe Cup)
Won 63-30 v Japan away (Autumn Tour)
Won 29-21 v Wales away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 30-6 v England away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 53-24 v Scotland away (Autumn Tour)

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2017 Six Nations:

Lost 27-22 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Won 63-10 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 19-9 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 22-9 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 13-9 v England home (Six Nations)
Won 55-19 v USA away (Summer Tour)
Won 50-22 v Japan away (Summer Series)
Won 35-13 v Japan away (Summer Series)
Won 38-3 v South Africa home (GUINNESS Series)
Won 23-20 v Fiji home (GUINNESS Series)
Won 28-19 v Argentina home (GUINNESS Series)
Won 15-13 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 56-19 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Won 37-27 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Won 30-25 v Scotland home (Six Nations)
Won 24-15 v England away (Six Nations)

Australia – Most-Capped Players:

139 George Gregan
129 Stephen Moore
116 Adam Ashley-Cooper
116 Nathan Sharpe
111 George Smith
103 Matt Giteau
102 Stephen Larkham
101 David Campese
91 Sekope Kepu
88 Will Genia
86 John Eales
86 Joe Roff
86 James Slipper
82 Tatafu Polota-Nau
82 Rob Simmons
81 Matthew Burke
80 Tim Horan
80 Stirling Mortlock
79 Michael Hooper
79 Phil Waugh
79 David Wilson

Australia – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

911 Michael Lynagh
878 Matthew Burke
698 Matt Giteau
543 Bernard Foley
489 Stirling Mortlock
315 David Campese
260 Paul McLean
244 Joe Roff
223 James O’Connor
200 Chris Latham
200 Berrick Barnes

Australia – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

64 David Campese
40 Chris Latham
37 Adam Ashley-Cooper
34 Drew Mitchell
32 Israel Folau
30 Matt Giteau
30 Tim Horan
30 Joe Roff
30 Lote Tuqiri
29 Matthew Burke
29 Stirling Mortlock
25 Stephen Larkham

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
111 Rory Best
108 Paul O’Connell
105 John Hayes
98 Peter Stringer
95 Jamie Heaslip
94 Donncha O’Callaghan
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
83 Rob Kearney
82 Gordon D’Arcy
82 Girvan Dempsey
78 Cian Healy
73 Jonathan Sexton
72 David Humphreys
72 Geordan Murphy
72 David Wallace
71 Eoin Reddan
70 Kevin Maggs
70 Andrew Trimble
69 Tommy Bowe
69 Mike Gibson
67 Keith Earls
67 Marcus Horan

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
683 Jonathan Sexton
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
245 Brian O’Driscoll
217 Ollie Campbell
195 Paddy Jackson
158 Tom Kiernan
150 Tommy Bowe
145 Denis Hickie
135 Keith Earls

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

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

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)
886 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
840 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)
809 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

67 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
64 David Campese (Australia)
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)
46 Julian Savea (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)
134 Gethin Jenkins (129-Wales, 5-Lions)
134 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
132 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
129 Stephen Moore (Australia)
127 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
126 Alun Wyn Jones (117-Wales, 9-Lions)
124 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
119 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
118 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
116 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
115 Paul O’Connell (108-Ireland, 7-Lions)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
112 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
111 Rory Best (Ireland)
111 Ross Ford (110-Scotland, 1-Lions)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
111 George Smith (Australia)
111 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
110 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)
109 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
109 Davit Kacharava (Georgia)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
109 Kieran Read (New Zealand)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
106 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
105 Sean Lamont (Scotland)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
104 Alessandro Zanni (Italy)
103 Catalin Fercu (Romania)
103 Matt Giteau (Australia)
103 Andrea Lo Cicero (Italy)
103 Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 Vasco Uva (Portugal)
100 Giorgi Chkhaidze (Georgia)
100 Jamie Heaslip (95-Ireland, 5-Lions)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)
100 Goncalo Uva (Portugal)