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England v Scotland - the vital stats

30 September 2011

  • All the facts and stats on England vs Scotland
  • Get up to speed on where, when and who to watch
Tom Croft bursts through a tackle against Scotland

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England are now three from three in the 2011 Rugby World Cup after wins against Argentina, Georgia and Romania. Martin Johnson’s men have amassed 121 points and 17 tries in their opening three games and sit at the summit of Pool B, but next up is a critical game against Scotland.

With a rivalry that goes back generations, this World Cup clash promises to be a fierce encounter, with only a win for Scotland good enough to see Andy Robinson’s side progress, while England aren’t guaranteed a quarter final spot either. Here are the vital stats and facts ahead of England's fourth and final Pool match...

  • When? Saturday, October 1
  • Where? Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Kick off? 8.30am (UK time)

How to keep up with the action

  • Watch live on ITV1 and ITV HD1 from 6.30am
  • Listen live on TalkSport
  • Live text commentary on the free RFU iPhone app (search iTunes for Official RFU)
  • Live score updates from @Official_RFU on Twitter
  • Match report, post match interviews and highlights on

England qualify first in the pool if:

  • England win
  • England and Scotland draw
  • England lose by less than seven points and Argentina win
  • Scotland win by seven points or fewer and Argentina lose
  • Scotland and Argentina lose but Scotland gain more bonus points

England qualify second in the pool if:

  • Scotland win by more than eight points and Argentina lose
  • Scotland win with a four-try bonus point and Argentina win without a bonus point.

Captains' quotes

James Haskell escapes a Scottish tackle

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Lewis Moody (England):

“As in any world cup any game you play is be-all and end-all and this one is no different. Especially against Scotland who we have a long history with, and it’s a game that brings with it a bit more energy and nervous energy in training and that’s the way I like it.”

Alastair Kellock (Scotland):
“These are the huge games you dream of; the ones that will mean an enormous amount to you for the rest of your life. It is about being able to look back at them and know that there was nothing more you could have done, nothing more you could have left out there, and if it has brought the right result it becomes a fantastic memory.”

The teams


15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints); 14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), 12 Mike Tindall (Gloucester Rugby), 11 Delon Armitage (London Irish); 10 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 1 Matt Stevens (Saracens), 2 Steve Thompson (London Wasps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), 5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), 6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), 7 Lewis Moody (Bath Rugby, capt), 8 James Haskell (Ricoh Black Rams)

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), 17 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), 18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), 19 Nick Easter (Harlequins), 20 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), 21 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), 22 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby).


Mike Tindall goes up for a high ball against Scotland

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15 Chris Paterson (Edinburgh); 14 Max Evans (Castres); 13 Joe Ansbro (London Irish); 12 Sean Lamont (Scarlets);  
11 Simon Danielli (Ulster); 10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors); 9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh); 1 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh); 2 Ross Ford (Edinburgh); 3 Euan Murray (Newcastle Falcons); 4 Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors); 5 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors, capt); 6 Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester); 7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors); 8 Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks)

Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson (Gloucester); 17 Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks); 18 Nathan Hines (Clermont Auvergne); 19 Ross Rennie (Edinburgh); 20 Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors); 21 Dan Parks (Cardiff Blues); 22 Nick De Luca (Edinburgh)

Head to Head

  • Played 128, England won 68, Scotland won 42, drawn 18
  • Highest scores – England 43-3 in 2001 and 43-22 in 2005; Scotland 33-6 in 1986
  • Biggest wins – England 43-3 in 2001; Scotland 33-6 in 1986

Previous ten meetings

  • 2011 England 22-16 Scotland
  • 2010 Scotland 15-15 England
  • 2009 England 26-12 Scotland
  • 2008 Scotland 15-9 England
  • 2007 England 42-20 Scotland
  • 2006 Scotland 18-12 England
  • 2005 England 43-22 Scotland
  • 2004 Scotland 13-35 England
  • 2003 England 40-9 Scotland
  • 2002 Scotland 3-29 England
  • 2001 England 43-3 Scotland

England key facts

  • World ranking: 4
  • Coach: Martin Johnson
  • Captain: Lewis Moody
  • Most capped player: Jason Leonard (114 caps, 1990 to 2004)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)

Scotland key facts

  • World ranking: 9
  • Coach: Andy Robinson
  • Captain: Rory Lawson
  • Most capped player: Chris Paterson (108 caps, 1999 to 2011)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 13 (1989 to 1991)