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Head-To-Head: Ireland v England

Head-To-Head: Ireland v England

Bundee Aki makes a break in the lead up to CJ Stander's try against England last year ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

A statistical preview of today’s Guinness Six Nations first round match between Ireland, who regained the title last year, and England at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm).

2019 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, February 2

IRELAND v ENGLAND, Aviva Stadium, 4.45pm (live Virgin Media One/UTV/ITV/FR2/DMAX/NBC/RTÉ Radio 1/BBC Radio Ulster/IRFU Live Blog)

IRELAND: Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster), John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster), Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).

ENGLAND: Elliot Daly (Wasps); Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs); Owen Farrell (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Jamie George (Saracens), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Dan Robson (Wasps), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks).

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television Match Official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Head-To-Head:

Played – 133
Ireland Won – 49
England Won – 76
Drawn – 8

The drawn games were in 1882 (two tries each), 1910 (0-0), 1925 (6-6), 1953 (9-9), 1955 (6-6), 1963 (0-0), 1966 (6-6) and 1968 (9-9)

Ireland v England – Results Since 2000:

2000: England won 50-18, Twickenham
2001: Ireland won 20-14, Lansdowne Road
2002: England won 45-11, Twickenham
2003: England won 42-6, Lansdowne Road
2004: Ireland won 19-13, Twickenham
2005: Ireland won 19-13, Lansdowne Road
2006: Ireland won 28-24, Twickenham
2007: Ireland won 43-13, Croke Park
2008: England won 33-10, Twickenham
2009: Ireland won 14-13, Croke Park
2010: Ireland won 20-16, Twickenham
2011: Ireland won 24-8, Aviva Stadium; England won 20-9, Aviva Stadium
2012: England won 30-9, Twickenham
2013: England won 12-6, Aviva Stadium
2014: England won 13-10, Twickenham
2015: Ireland won 19-9, Aviva Stadium; England won 21-13, Twickenham
2016: England won 21-10, Twickenham
2017: Ireland won 13-9, Aviva Stadium
2018: Ireland won 24-15, Twickenham

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points & Margin: 43-13, 2007 Six Nations

England: Points: 50-18, 2000 Six Nations; Margin: 46-6, 1997 Five Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 21 (Ollie Campbell 1983, Ronan O’Gara 2007); England 23 (Paul Grayson 1996)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 2 (by 13 players – last by Tommy Bowe 2010); England 3 (Henry Taylor 1881, Chris Oti 1988)

Most Appearances – Ireland v England:

15 – Mike Gibson
14 – Rory Best, Willie John McBride, Ronan O’Gara, Rory Underwood
13 – Jason Leonard, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll
12 – Tom Kiernan, Fergus Slattery
11 – Rob Andrew, Will Carling, Dylan Hartley, Moss Keane, Jack Kyle, Phil Orr, Jonathan Sexton, Jonny Wilkinson
10 – Dan Cole, James Haskell, John Hayes, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Michael Kiernan, Ray McLoughlin, Brendan Mullin, Noel Murphy, George Stephenson, Peter Stringer

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v England:

107 – Jonny Wilkinson
101 – Ronan O’Gara
70 – Jonathan Sexton
67 – Paul Grayson
66 – Owen Farrell
47 – David Humphreys
43 – Jonathan Webb
41 – Ollie Campbell, Bob Hiller, Tom Kiernan

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v England:

7 – Rory Underwood
6 – Cyril Lowe
5 – George Robinson
4 – Wilfred Bolton, Will Greenwood, Alastair Smallwood
3 – Tommy Bowe, Jeff Butterfield, Ben Cohen, Kevin Flynn, Mike Gibson, Tom Grace, Austin Healey, Shane Horgan, Dicky Lockwood, Tony Novis, Brian O’Driscoll, Bertie O’Hanlon, Chris Oti, Dean Richards, Alan Roberts, Jon Sleightholme, Mike Slemen, Henry Taylor, Alfred Tedford, Tony Underwood

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2018 Six Nations:

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)
Lost 18-9 v Australia away (Summer Series)
Won 26-21 v Australia away (Summer Series)
Won 20-16 v Australia away (Summer Series)
Won 54-7 v Italy neutral (Autumn Test)
Won 28-17 v Argentina home (GUINNESS Series)
Won 16-9 v New Zealand home (GUINNESS Series)
Won 57-14 v USA home (GUINNESS Series)

England – Form Guide From Start Of The 2018 Six Nations:

Won 46-15 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 12-6 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Lost 25-13 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Lost 22-16 v France away (Six Nations)
Lost 24-15 v Ireland home (Six Nations)
Lost 42-39 v South Africa away (Summer Series)
Lost 23-12 v South Africa away (Summer Series)
Won 25-10 v South Africa away (Summer Series)
Won 12-11 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Lost 16-15 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Won 35-15 v Japan home (Autumn Series)
Won 37-18 v Australia home (Autumn Series)

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)
388 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
357 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
343 Owen Farrell (England)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)
269 Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
232 Paul Grayson (England)

Tries –
26 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
24 Ian Smith (Scotland)
22 Shane Williams (Wales)
19 George North (Wales)
18 Gareth Edwards (Wales)
18 Cyril Lowe (England)
18 Rory Underwood (England)

Caps –
65 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
65 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
63 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
60 Rory Best (Ireland)
60 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
56 Mike Gibson (Ireland)
56 Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
55 Ross Ford (Scotland)
54 John Hayes (Ireland)
54 Jason Leonard (England)
53 Willie John McBride (Ireland)
53 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
51 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
51 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
51 Martyn Williams (Wales)
50 Stephen Jones (Wales)
50 Philippe Sella (France)
50 Rory Underwood (England)
50 Alessandro Zanni (Italy)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
113 Rory Best
108 Paul O’Connell
105 John Hayes
98 Peter Stringer
95 Jamie Heaslip
94 Donncha O’Callaghan
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
87 Rob Kearney
84 Cian Healy
82 Gordon D’Arcy
82 Girvan Dempsey
78 Jonathan Sexton
72 Keith Earls
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 Marcus Horan
67 Conor Murray

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
738 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 Jacob Stockdale
12 David Wallace
11 Alan Duggan
11 Simon Geoghegan

England – Most-Capped Players:

114 Jason Leonard
97 Dylan Hartley
91 Jonny Wilkinson
85 Lawrence Dallaglio
85 Rory Underwood
84 Danny Care
84 Martin Johnson
81 Dan Cole
80 Ben Youngs
78 Joe Worsley
77 Matt Dawson
77 James Haskell
75 Mike Catt
75 Mike Tindall
73 Steve Thompson
73 Phil Vickery

England – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1179 Jonny Wilkinson
726 Owen Farrell
400 Paul Grayson
396 Rob Andrew
301 Toby Flood
296 Jonathan Webb
269 Charlie Hodgson
240 Dusty Hare
232 George Ford
210 Rory Underwood
203 Simon Hodgkinson

England – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

49 Rory Underwood
31 Ben Cohen
31 Will Greenwood
30 Jeremy Guscott
28 Jason Robinson
24 Dan Luger
22 Josh Lewsey
20 Chris Ashton
20 Mark Cueto
18 Cyril Lowe
18 Jonny May

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)
888 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 Alun Wyn Jones (121-Wales, 9-Lions)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
129 Stephen Moore (Australia)
127 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
124 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
119 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
118 Kieran Read (New Zealand)
118 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
117 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
115 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)
115 Paul O’Connell (108-Ireland, 7-Lions)
113 Rory Best (Ireland)
113 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
112 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
112 Davit Kacharava (Georgia)
111 Ross Ford (110-Scotland, 1-Lions)
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)
109 Alessandro Zanni (Italy)
108 Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
107 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
106 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
106 Owen Franks (New Zealand)
105 Catalin Fercu (Romania)
105 Sean Lamont (Scotland)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Matt Giteau (Australia)
103 Sekope Kepu (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 Yuri Kushnarev (Russia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 Goncalo Uva (Portugal)
101 Vasco Uva (Portugal)
100 Giorgi Chkhaidze (Georgia)
100 Will Genia (Australia)
100 Jamie Heaslip (95-Ireland, 5-Lions)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)