Facts and Figures

10 stats to impress your mates with during the England v Ireland game

From Ireland’s record try-scorer against England to the biggest winning margins between the teams.

Updated 13.30

1. The two sides have met 127 times with Ireland winning 46, England 73 and the last of the eight draws coming in 1968.

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2. Speaking of draws, there have been two scoreless ones in 1910 and 1963.

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3. Ireland’s largest margin of victory in Twickenham was 13 points in February 1964. However, it proved to be the only game they won that year and they finished with the wooden spoon.

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4. Our biggest defeat on the road to England came in 2002 when Will Greenwood ran in two of Martin Johnson’s team’s six tries. Ronan O’Gara got Ireland’s solitary five pointer that day.


5. The average points difference between the teams is 3.83. While England are 3 point favourites today, their average winning margin in Twickenham is 7.25 points.

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6. 12 different stadiums have played host to Ireland v England games. Landowne Road (60) and Twickenham (46) have hosted the most while Ravenhill, Rathmines, Leeds and Mardyke in Cork have each held a game.

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7. Ireland have won three of their seven games at Twickenham in the Six Nations era — 2004, 2006 and 2010.

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8. England’s longest winning streak is eight between 1912 and 1924 while Ireland’s five wins between 1972 and 1976 remains their most successful period.


9. The two sides will play for the Millennium Trophy. This was first awarded in a one-off game held in April 1988 to celebrate the Millennium of Dublin city. England won 21-10 that day.

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10. No Ireland player has more than three tries in their career against England. Of the eight on three, Brian O’Driscoll is the only one who can break the record this weekend.


Some stats via RugbyData and ESPN Scrum.

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