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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Scotland

Ireland captain Rory Best and his Scottish counterpart Greig Laidlaw are pictured with the Six Nations trophy ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

A statistical preview of today’s Guinness Six Nations second round encounter between Celtic rivals Ireland and Scotland at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh (kick-off 2.15pm).

2019 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, February 9

SCOTLAND (1st) v IRELAND (5th), BT Murrayfield, 2.15pm (live Virgin Media One/BBC One/FR2/DMAX/NBC/RTÉ Radio 1/BBC Radio Ulster/IRFU Live Blog)

SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors); Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (Saracens); Finn Russell (Racing 92), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) (capt); Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks).

Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), D’Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/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), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster), Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television Match Official: Rowan Kitt (England)

Head-To-Head:

Played – 133
Scotland Won – 66
Ireland Won – 62
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 – 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
2016: Ireland won 35-25, Aviva Stadium
2017: Scotland won 27-22, BT Murrayfield
2018: Ireland won 28-8, Aviva Stadium

Biggest Wins:

Scotland: Points & Margin: 38-10, 1997 Five Nations

Ireland: Points: 44-22, 2000 Six Nations; Margin: 36-6, 2003 Six Nations; 40-10, 2015 Six Nations

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Scotland 18 (Chris Paterson 2007, Dan Parks 2010); Ireland 26 (David Humphreys 2003)

Most Tries In A Match: Scotland 4 (Bill Stewart 1913); Ireland 3 (Eugene Davy 1930, Seamus Byrne 1953, Brian O’Driscoll 2002)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Scotland:

15 Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara
14 Ross Ford, Mike Gibson
13 Rory Best, John Hayes, Willie John McBride, Chris Paterson
12 Sean Lamont, Paul O’Connell, Phil Orr, Fergus Slattery, Peter Stringer
11 Sandy Carmichael, Jim Hamilton, Scott Hastings, Jamie Heaslip, Moss Keane, Tom Kiernan, Bill Maclagan

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Scotland:

125 Ronan O’Gara
95 Chris Paterson
84 David Humphreys
77 Jonathan Sexton
75 Gavin Hastings
57 Greig Laidlaw
56 Michael Kiernan
51 Ollie Campbell, Peter Dods
49 Andy Irvine
31 Mike Gibson

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

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

Lost 34-7 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 32-26 v France home (Six Nations)
Won 25-13 v England home (Six Nations)
Lost 28-8 v Ireland away (Six Nations)
Won 29-27 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 48-10 v Canada away (Summer Tour)
Lost 30-29 v USA away (Summer Tour)
Won 44-15 v Argentina away (Summer Tour)
Lost 21-10 v Wales away (Autumn Test)
Won 54-17 v Fiji home (Autumn Series)
Lost 26-20 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 14-9 v Argentina home (Autumn Series)
Won 33-20 v Italy home (Six Nations)

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)
Lost 32-20 v England 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)
388 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
367 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
355 Owen Farrell (England)
288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
275 Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)
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 –
66 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
65 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
63 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
61 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)

Scotland – Most-Capped Players:

110 Ross Ford
109 Chris Paterson
105 Sean Lamont
87 Scott Murray
85 Mike Blair
82 Gregor Townsend
77 Nathan Hines
77 Jason White
75 Gordon Bulloch
71 John Barclay
71 Stuart Grimes
70 Chris Cusiter
70 Kenny Logan
67 Greig Laidlaw
67 Dan Parks

Scotland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

809 Chris Paterson
667 Gavin Hastings
658 Greig Laidlaw
269 Andy Irvine
266 Dan Parks
220 Kenny Logan
210 Peter Dods
166 Craig Chalmers
164 Gregor Townsend

Scotland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

24 Ian Smith
24 Tony Stanger
22 Chris Paterson
19 Stuart Hogg
19 Tommy Seymour
17 Gavin Hastings
17 Alan Tait
17 Gregor Townsend
15 Ivan Tukalo
14 Sean Lamont
14 Tim Visser

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll
128 Ronan O’Gara
114 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
85 Cian Healy
82 Gordon D’Arcy
82 Girvan Dempsey
79 Jonathan Sexton
73 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
68 Conor Murray
67 Marcus Horan
66 Sean Cronin

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
748 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

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)
135 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
134 Gethin Jenkins (129-Wales, 5-Lions)
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)
114 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 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)
100 Jamie Heaslip (95-Ireland, 5-Lions)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)