Head-To-Head: Ireland v Italy. : Irish Rugby

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A statistical preview of this afternoon’s NatWest 6 Nations round 2 match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm).


2018 NATWEST 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, February 10

IRELAND (3rd) v ITALY (6th), Aviva Stadium, 2.15pm (live TV3/ITV/FR2/DMAX/NBC/RTÉ Radio 1/IRFU Live Blog)

IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster), Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht), Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster), Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).

ITALY: Matteo Minozzi (Zebre); Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Rugby), Tommaso Boni (Zebre), Tommaso Castello (Zebre), Mattia Bellini (Zebre); Tommaso Allan (Benetton Rugby), Marcello Violi (Zebre); Nicola Quaglio (Benetton Rugby), Luca Bigi (Benetton Rugby), Simone Ferrari (Benetton Rugby), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Rugby), Dean Budd (Benetton Rugby), Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby), Braam Steyn (Benetton Rugby), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais) (capt).

Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini (Toulouse), Andrea Lovotti (Zebre), Tiziano Pasquali (Benetton Rugby), Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby), Maxime Mbanda (Zebre), Edoardo Gori (Benetton Rugby), Carlo Canna (Zebre), Jayden Hayward (Benetton Rugby).

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Matthew Carley (England)
Television Match Official: David Grashoff (England)

Head-To-Head:

Played – 27

Ireland Won – 23

Italy Won – 4

Ireland v Italy: IRFU Stat Zone

Ireland v Italy – Results Since 2000:

2000: Ireland won 60-13, Dublin

2001: Ireland won 41-22, Rome

2002: Ireland won 32-17, Dublin

2003: Ireland won 37-13, Rome; Ireland won 61-6, Limerick

2004: Ireland won 19-3, Dublin

2005: Ireland won 28-17, Rome

2006: Ireland won 26-16, Dublin

2007: Ireland won 51-24, Rome; Ireland won 23-20, Belfast

2008: Ireland won 16-11, Dublin

2009: Ireland won 38-9, Rome

2010: Ireland won 29-11, Dublin

2011: Ireland won 13-11, Rome; Ireland won 36-6, Dunedin

2012: Ireland won 42-10, Dublin

2013: Italy won 22-15, Rome

2014: Ireland won 46-7, Dublin

2015: Ireland won 26-3, Rome; Ireland won 16-9, London

2016: Ireland won 58-15, Dublin

2017: Ireland won 63-10, Rome

Biggest Wins:

Italy: Points: 37-29, 1997 Test, Dublin; 37-22, 1997 Test, Bologna; Margin: 37-22, 1997 Test, Bologna

Ireland: Points: 63-10, 2017 Six Nations; Margin: 61-6, 2003 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up

Individual Records In The Series:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 30 (Ronan O’Gara 2000); Italy 27 (Diego Dominguez 1997)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 4 (Denis Hickie 2003); Italy 2 (Paolo Vaccari 1997)

Most Appearances – Ireland v Italy:

15 – Brian O’Driscoll, Sergio Parisse

14 – Ronan O’Gara

13 – Rory Best, Martin Castrogiovanni

12 – Mauro Bergamasco, Gordon D’Arcy, John Hayes, Andrea Masi, Paul O’Connell, Salvatore Perugini, Alessandro Troncon, Alessandro Zanni

11 – Mirco Bergamasco, Marco Bortolami, Gonzalo Canale, Luke McLean, Donncha O’Callaghan, Malcolm O’Kelly, Peter Stringer

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Italy:

180 – Ronan O’Gara

96 – Diego Dominguez

67 – David Humphreys

64 – Jonathan Sexton

40 – Denis Hickie

37 – Paddy Jackson

36 – Paul Burke

30 – Girvan Dempsey, Keith Earls, Brian O’Driscoll

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Italy:

8 – Denis Hickie

6 – Girvan Dempsey, Keith Earls, Brian O’Driscoll

5 – Shane Horgan

4 – Tommy Bowe, John Kelly, CJ Stander, Andrew Trimble

3 – Craig Gilroy, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Henderson, Ronan O’Gara, Paolo Vaccari

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2017 Six Nations:

Lost 27-22 v Scotland away (Six Nations)

Won 63-10 v Italy away (Six Nations)

Won 19-9 v France home (Six Nations)

Lost 22-9 v Wales away (Six Nations)

Won 13-9 v England home (Six Nations)

Won 55-19 v USA away (Summer Tour)

Won 50-22 v Japan away (Summer Series)

Won 35-13 v Japan away (Summer Series)

Won 38-3 v South Africa home (GUINNESS Series)

Won 23-20 v Fiji home (GUINNESS Series)

Won 28-19 v Argentina home (GUINNESS Series)

Won 15-13 v France away (Six Nations)

Italy – Form Guide From Start Of The 2017 Six Nations:

Lost 33-7 v Wales home (Six Nations)

Lost 63-10 v Italy home (Six Nations)

Lost 36-15 v England away (Six Nations)

Lost 40-18 v France home (Six Nations)

Lost 29-0 v Scotland away (Six Nations)

Lost 22-19 v Fiji away (Summer Tour)

Lost 40-27 v Australia away (Summer Tour)

Won 19-10 v Fiji home (Autumn Series)

Lost 31-15 v Argentina home (Autumn Series)

Lost 35-6 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)

Lost 46-15 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)

363 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

328 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

320 Owen Farrell (England)

288 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)

270 David Humphreys (Ireland)

232 Paul Grayson (England)

228 Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Tries –

26 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

24 Ian Smith (Scotland)

22 Shane Williams (Wales)

18 Gareth Edwards (Wales)

18 Cyril Lowe (England)

18 Rory Underwood (England)

Caps –

65 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

63 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)

61 Sergio Parisse (Italy)

60 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)

56 Rory Best (Ireland)

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)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

133 Brian O’Driscoll

128 Ronan O’Gara

108 Paul O’Connell

107 Rory Best

105 John Hayes

98 Peter Stringer

95 Jamie Heaslip

94 Donncha O’Callaghan

92 Malcolm O’Kelly

82 Gordon D’Arcy

82 Girvan Dempsey

79 Rob Kearney

74 Cian Healy

72 David Humphreys
72 Geordan Murphy
72 David Wallace
71 Eoin Reddan
70 Kevin Maggs
70 Andrew Trimble
69 Tommy Bowe
69 Mike Gibson
69 Jonathan Sexton
67 Marcus Horan

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1083 Ronan O’Gara

654 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

130 Keith Earls

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

46 Brian O’Driscoll

30 Tommy Bowe

29 Denis Hickie

26 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 David Wallace

Italy – Most-Capped Players:

130 Sergio Parisse

119 Martin Castrogiovanni

112 Marco Bortolami

106 Mauro Bergamasco

103 Andrea Lo Cicero

101 Alessandro Troncon

100 Alessandro Zanni

95 Andrea Masi

90 Leonardo Ghiraldini

89 Mirco Bergamasco

89 Luke McLean

86 Gonzalo Canale

83 Carlo Checchinato

83 Salvatore Perugini

81 Fabio Ongaro

Italy – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

983 Diego Dominguez

483 Stefano Bettarello

294 Luigi Troiani

260 Ramiro Pez

256 Mirco Bergamasco

164 Tommaso Allan

154 Luciano Orquera

Italy – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

25 Marcello Cuttitta

22 Paolo Vaccari

21 Carlo Checchinato

21 Manrico Marchetto

19 Alessandro Troncon

17 Mirco Bergamasco

17 Serafino Ghizzoni

17 Massimo Mascioletti

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)

878 Matt Burke (Australia)

854 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)

835 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)

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)

134 Gethin Jenkins (129-Wales, 5-Lions)

132 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)

130 Ronan O’Gara (128-Ireland, 2-Lions)

130 Sergio Parisse (Italy)

129 Stephen Moore (Australia)

127 Victor Matfield (South Africa)

124 Bryan Habana (South Africa)

123 Alun Wyn Jones (114-Wales, 9-Lions)

119 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)

119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)

118 Fabien Pelous (France)

118 Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)

116 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia)

116 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)

115 Paul O’Connell (108-Ireland, 7-Lions)

112 Marco Bortolami (Italy)

112 Dan Carter (New Zealand)

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 Kieran Read (New Zealand)

108 Merab Kvirikashvili (Georgia)

107 Rory Best (Ireland)

107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)

106 Mauro Bergamasco (Italy)

106 Florin Vlaicu (Romania)

105 Sean Lamont (Scotland)

104 Davit Kacharava (Georgia)

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 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)

101 Vasco Uva (Portugal)

100 Giorgi Chkhaidze (Georgia)

100 Jamie Heaslip (95-Ireland, 5-Lions)

100 Adam Jones (95-Wales, 5-Lions)

100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)

100 Alessandro Zanni (Italy)



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