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Ireland v England - Check out the Stats

28 February 2009

HISTORY

 

Ireland are the only side now that can complete the Grand Slam after Wales were beaten in Paris on Friday night

In this match last season England were 33-10 winners at Twickenham

The win last season ended a four match losing run against Ireland in the 6 Nations

England's last win in Ireland was back in 2003 when they were comfortable 42-6 winners

Overall at home, Ireland have a 3-1 winning record over England

Last time they met in Ireland the Irish were comfortable 43-13 winners, Irelands highest score and biggest ever win over England

Overall in the 6 Nations Ireland have a 5-4 winning record over England

An England win will see a four way tie at the top of the 6 Nations League table.

 

THIS SEASON IN THE 6 NATIONS

 

Ireland are the top try scorers in the competition with eight, one more than England

Five of the Irish tries have come in the second half of matches whilst England have done better in the first half with four of their seven tries in the opening 40 minutes

Both tries have conceded just two tries in the Championship this season, both the tries conceded by England have come in the second half of matches

England have lost four players to the sin bin this season compared to just one by Ireland

Nine of the players used by Ireland have been 30 years or older compared to five for England

Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald is the youngest player to play for either side in this season's competition aged 21 years 147 days

The two oldest players in this season's competition come form these two sides, prop forwards Julian White and John Hayes aged 35 years 276 days and 35 years 105 days respectively

Ronan O'Gara has the best strike rate for any player to have had at least 10 attempts at goal with 84.62, 12% better than anyone else with 11 of his 13 attempts on target

All seven of England's tries have come from their backs and six of the eight scored by Ireland have come from their backs.

Harry Ellis is England's leading try scorer with two tries with Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald scoring twice each for the Irish

 

ALL TIME IN THE 6 NATIONS

 

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll is the all time leading try scorer with 19, two more than Shane Williams    

Ronan O'Gara is the all time leading try scorer in the 6 Nations with 469 points and has scored fewest points against England, 78 in eight appearances, which includes three as a replacement

O'Gara will be looking to extend his record of scoring in 27 consecutive 6 Nations matches

Prop John Hayes will be looking to extend his 6 Nations record for most appearances to 47

Jonny Wilkinson is England's all time leading scorer in the 6 Nations with 419 whilst their leading try scorer is former Northampton winger Ben Cohen with 15

 

 

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