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Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Head-To-Head: Ireland v New Zealand

Head-To-Head: Ireland v New Zealand
Head-To-Head: Ireland v New Zealand

Iain Henderson wins a lineout during Ireland's GUINNESS Series win over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium last November ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

A statistical preview of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium (kick-off 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time).

RUGBY WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL: Saturday, October 19

NEW ZEALAND (1st, Pool B) v IRELAND (2nd, Pool A), Tokyo Stadium, 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time (live eir Sport 1/RTÉ 2/UTV/ITV/RTÉ Radio 1/BBC Radio Ulster/BBC Radio 5 Live/IRFU Live Blog)

NEW ZEALAND: Beauden Barrett (Blues); Sevu Reece (Crusaders), Jack Goodhue (Crusaders), Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs), George Bridge (Crusaders); Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), Aaron Smith (Highlanders); Joe Moody (Crusaders), Codie Taylor (Crusaders), Nepo Laulala (Chiefs), Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), Sam Whitelock (Crusaders), Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), Sam Cane (Chiefs), Kieran Read (Crusaders) (capt).

Replacements: Dane Coles (Hurricanes), Ofa Tuungafasi (Blues), Angus Ta’avao (Chiefs), Scott Barrett (Crusaders), Matt Todd (Crusaders), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Sonny Bill Williams (Blues), Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes).

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster), 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), Iain Henderson (Queen’s University/Ulster), James Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster).

Replacements: Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster), Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster), Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Angus Gardner (Australia)
Television Match Official: Graham Hughes (England)

Head-To-Head:

Played – 31
New Zealand Won – 28
Ireland Won – 2
Drawn – 1

Previous Meetings:

Saturday, November 25, 1905 – Tour Match – Ireland 0 New Zealand 15, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, November 1, 1924 – Tour Match – Ireland 0 New Zealand 6, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, December 7, 1935 – Tour Match – Ireland 9 New Zealand 17, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, January 9, 1954 – Tour Match – Ireland 3 New Zealand 14, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, December 7, 1963 – Tour Match – Ireland 5 New Zealand 6, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, January 20, 1973 – Tour Match – Ireland 10 New Zealand 10, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, November 23, 1974 – Tour Match – Ireland 6 New Zealand 15, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, June 5, 1976 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 11 Ireland 3, Athletic Park
Saturday, November 4, 1978 – Tour Match – Ireland 6 New Zealand 10, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, November 18, 1989 – Tour Match – Ireland 6 New Zealand 23, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, May 30, 1992 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 24 Ireland 21, Carisbrook
Saturday, June 6, 1992 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 59 Ireland 6, Athletic Park
Saturday, May 27, 1995 – Rugby World Cup – Ireland 19 New Zealand 43, Ellis Park
Saturday, November 15, 1997 – Autumn Test – Ireland 15 New Zealand 63, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, November 17, 2001 – Autumn Test – Ireland 29 New Zealand 40, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, June 15, 2002 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 15 Ireland 6, Carisbrook
Saturday, June 22, 2002 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 40 Ireland 8, Eden Pak
Saturday, November 12, 2005 – Autumn Test – Ireland 7 New Zealand 45, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, June 10, 2006 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 34 Ireland 23, Waikato Stadium
Saturday, June 17, 2006 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 27 Ireland 17, Eden Park
Saturday, June 7, 2008 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 21 Ireland 11, Westpac Stadium
Saturday, November 15, 2008 – Autumn Test – Ireland 3 New Zealand 22, Croke Park
Saturday, June 12, 2010 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 66 Ireland 28, Yarrow Stadium
Saturday, November 20, 2010 – Autumn Test – Ireland 18 New Zealand 38, Aviva Stadium
Saturday, June 9, 2012 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 42 Ireland 10, Eden Park
Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 22 Ireland 19, AMI Stadium
Saturday, June 23, 2012 – Summer Tour – New Zealand 60 Ireland 0, Waikato Stadium
Saturday, November 24, 2013 – Autumn Test – Ireland 22 New Zealand 24, Aviva Stadium
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Autumn Test – Ireland 40 New Zealand 29, Soldier Field, Chicago
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Autumn Test – Ireland 9 New Zealand 21, Aviva Stadium
Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Autumn Test – Ireland 16 New Zealand 9, Aviva Stadium

Biggest Wins And Margins:

New Zealand: Points: 66-28, Summer Test; Margin: 60-0, 2012 Third Test

Ireland: Points: 40-29, 2016 Autumn Test; Margin: 40-29, 2016 Autumn Test

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: New Zealand 33 (Andrew Mehrtens, 1997 Autumn Test); Ireland 14 (David Humphreys, 2001 Autumn Test)

Most Tries In A Match: New Zealand 3 (Julian Savea, 2012 First Test); Ireland 2 (Keith Wood, 1997 Autumn Test; Vinny Cunningham, 1992 First Test)

Most Appearances – New Zealand v Ireland:

14 – Richie McCaw
13 – Brian O’Driscoll
12 – Ronan O’Gara
11 – Rory Best, Rob Kearney
10 – Donncha O’Callaghan
9 – Owen Franks, John Hayes, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Kieran Read, Jonathan Sexton
8 – Sean Cronin, Andrew Hore, Peter Stringer, Sam Whitelock

Top Points Scorers – New Zealand v Ireland:

87 – Dan Carter
81 – Andrew Mehrtens
60 – Jonathan Sexton
38 – Beauden Barrett, Ronan O’Gara
36 – Luke McAlister
25 – Doug Howlett

Top Try Scorers – New Zealand v Ireland:

5 – Frank Bunce, Doug Howlett
4 – Julian Savea
3 – Jonah Lomu, Leon MacDonald, Conor Murray, Brian O’Driscoll, Glen Osborne, Kieran Read, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Conrad Smith, Sam Whitelock

New Zealand – Form Guide From Start Of 2018 Test Season:

Won 52-11 v France home (Summer Series)
Won 26-13 v France home (Summer Series)
Won 49-14 v France home (Summer Series)
Won 38-13 v Australia away (Rugby Championship)
Won 40-12 v Australia home (Rugby Championship)
Won 46-24 v Argentina home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 36-34 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Won 35-17 v Argentina away (Rugby Championship)
Won 32-30 v South Africa away (Rugby Championship)
Won 37-20 v Australia neutral (Bledisloe Cup)
Won 69-31 v Japan away (Autumn Tour)
Won 16-15 v England away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 16-9 v Ireland away (Autumn Tour)
Won 66-3 v Italy away (Autumn Tour)
Won 20-16 v Argentina away (Rugby Championship)
Drew 16-16 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 47-26 v Australia away (Rugby Championship)
Won 36-0 v Australia home (Bledisloe Cup)
Won 92-7 v Tonga home (Rugby World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 23-13 v South Africa neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool B)
Won 63-0 v Canada neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool B)
Won 71-9 v Namibia neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool B)

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)
Won 22-13 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Won 26-16 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Won 26-14 v France home (Six Nations)
Lost 25-7 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 29-10 v Italy home (GUINNESS Summer Series)
Lost 57-15 v England away (Rugby World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 22-17 v Wales away (Rugby World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 19-10 v Wales home (GUINNESS Summer Series)
Won 27-3 v Scotland neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool A)
Lost 19-12 v Japan away (Rugby World Cup Pool A)
Won 35-0 v Russia neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool A)
Won 47-5 v Samoa neutral (Rugby World Cup Pool A)

New Zealand – Most-Capped Players:

148 Richie McCaw
132 Keven Mealamu
124 Kieran Read
118 Tony Woodcock
115 Sam Whitelock
112 Dan Carter
108 Owen Franks
103 Ma’a Nonu
100 Mils Muliaina
94 Conrad Smith
92 Sean Fitzpatrick
89 Aaron Smith
83 Andrew Hore
83 Ben Smith
81 Jerome Kaino
81 Justin Marshall
80 Beauden Barrett
79 Ian Jones

New Zealand – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1598 Dan Carter
967 Andrew Mehrtens
645 Grant Fox
639 Beauden Barrett
322 Aaron Cruden
291 Carlos Spencer
245 Doug Howlett
236 Christian Cullen
234 Jeff Wilson
230 Joe Rokocoko
230 Julian Savea

New Zealand – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

49 Doug Howlett
46 Christian Cullen
46 Joe Rokocoko
46 Julian Savea
44 Jeff Wilson
37 Jonah Lomu
37 Ben Smith
36 Tana Umaga
35 John Kirwan
34 Beauden Barrett
34 Mils Muliaina
31 Ma’a Nonu

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

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

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara
791 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
150 Keith Earls
145 Denis Hickie

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

46 Brian O’Driscoll
30 Tommy Bowe
30 Keith Earls
29 Denis Hickie
21 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
17 Andrew Trimble
16 Rob Kearney
16 Ronan O’Gara
16 Jacob Stockdale
15 Kevin Maggs
15 Keith Wood
14 Conor Murray
14 George Stephenson
13 Jamie Heaslip
12 Rory Best
12 Keith Crossan
12 Jonathan Sexton
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)
951 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
872 Owen Farrell (England-841, 31-Lions)
840 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)
809 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
796 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland-791, 5-Lions)

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 George North (39-Wales, 2-Lions)
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)
142 Sergio Parisse (Italy)
141 Brian O’Driscoll (133-Ireland, 8-Lions)
140 Alun Wyn Jones (131-Wales, 9-Lions)
139 George Gregan (Australia)
134 Gethin Jenkins (129-Wales, 5-Lions)
132 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)
129 Stephen Moore (Australia)
127 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
124 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
124 Kieran Read (New Zealand)
123 Rory Best (Ireland)
121 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)
120 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)
119 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)
119 Davit Kacharava (Georgia)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
118 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
117 Alessandro Zanni (Italy)
116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
115 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)
115 Paul O’Connell (108-Ireland, 7-Lions)
115 Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
114 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)
112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)
112 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
112 Yuri Kushnarev (Russia)
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)
110 Sekope Kepu (Australia)
109 Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
109 Will Genia (Australia)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
108 Owen Franks (New Zealand)
107 Catalin Fercu (Romania)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
106 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)
105 Sean Lamont (Scotland)
104 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
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 Giorgi Chkhaidze (Georgia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 Goncalo Uva (Portugal)
101 Vasco Uva (Portugal)
100 Valentin Calafeteanu (Romania)
100 Jamie Heaslip (95-Ireland, 5-Lions)
100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)
100 Rob Simmons (Australia)