Ireland vs Italy 6N 2010 Teams, Facts & Stats

2 02 2010

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The Irish rugby team was announced this afternoon for the game vs Italy in Croke Park this Saturday at 2.30pm.
Ireland backrow Steven Ferris has been ruled out due to injury, Leinsterman Kevin McLaughlin will win his first 6-Nations cap against the Italians.
Ronan O’Gara starts at number 10 with Johnny Sexton out injured. Andrew Trimble is brought in on the wing.

>>Update: Thurs 4th; Donnacha ruled out because of knee injury, Cullen into replace, Donnach Ryan promo’d to bench…

IRELAND will line out as follows:

15. Rob Kearney
14.Tommy Bowe
13. Brian O’Driscoll
12. Gordon D’arcy
11. Andrew Trimble
10. Ronan O’Gara
9. Tomás O’Leary
8. David Wallace
7. Jamie Heaslip
6. Kevin McLaughlin
5. Paul O’Connell
4. Donnacha O’Callaghan Leo Cullen
3. John Hayes
2. Jerry Flannery
1. Cian Healy

Replacements – Best, Court, D.Ryan, O’Brien, Reddan, Wallace, Earls (Sexton injured, dead leg)

ITALY will line out as follows:

15-Luke McLean
14-Kaine Robertson
13-Gonzalo Canale
12-Gonzalo Garcia
11-Mirco Bergamasco
10-Craig Gower
9-Tito Tebaldi
8-Alessandro Zanni
7-Mauro Bergamasco
6-Josh Sole
5-Quintin Geldenhuys
4-Carlo Antonio Del Fava
3-Martin Castrogiovanni
2-Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain)
1-Salvatore Perugini.

Replacements: 16-Fabio Ongaro, 17-Matias Aguero, 18-Marco Bortolami, 19-Paul Derbyshire, 20-Simon Picone, 21-Riccardo Bocchino, 22-Andrea Masi.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Touch judges: Christophe Berdos & Jerome Garces (France)

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Played – 17, Ireland Won – 14, Italy Won – 3

• Italy beat Ireland three times between 1995-97 before they entered the Six Nations Championship.

• But Ireland have won the last 13 matches in succession between the sides.

• The average score between the sides in the past decade is 35-15 in Ireland’s favour with a try count of four to one.

Ireland

• Ireland did not lose a match in 2009, enjoying nine wins and one draw and Declan Kidney’s side won Ireland’s first Grand Slam title since 1948.

• John Hayes is playing in his 50th successive Six Nations match.

• Ronan O’Gara is the Six Nations’ all-time record points scorer with 499.

Italy

• Italy won only one of their 11 games in 2009, their last match of the year v Samoa in November.

• The Azzurri’s only away win since the 2007 World Cup was 13-12 v Argentina in 2008.

• Salatore Perugini is the only Italian who will have played in all of Italy’s 11 Six Nations campaigns.

And for you statto’s heres the stats!

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MATCH STATS:

Biggest Wins:

Ireland: Points & Margin: 61-6, 2003 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up
Italy: Points: 37-29, 1997 Friendly Match, 37-22, 1997 Friendly Match; Margin: 37-22, 1997 Friendly Match

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)

Ireland v Italy In The Six Nations:

2000 Ireland won 60-13, Dublin
2001 Ireland won 41-22, Rome
2002 Ireland won 32-17, Dublin
2003 Ireland won 37-13, Rome
2004 Ireland won 19-3, Dublin
2005 Ireland won 28-17, Rome
2006 Ireland won 26-16, Dublin
2007 Ireland won 51-24, Rome
2008 Ireland won 16-11, Dublin
2009 Ireland won 38-9, Rome

Italy’s Wins And Draws In The Six Nations:

2000 Scotland Rome, Won 34-20
2003 Wales Rome, Won 30-22
2004 Scotland Rome, Won 20-14
2006 Wales Cardiff, Drew 18-18
2007 Scotland Murrayfield, Won 37-17
2007 Wales Rome, Won 23-20
2008 Scotland Rome, Won 23-20

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2009 Six Nations:

Won 30-21 v France home (6N)
Won 38-9 v Italy away (6N)
Won 14-13 v England home (6N)
Won 22-15 v Scotland away (6N)
Won 17-15 v Wales away (6N)
Won 25-6 v Canada away (Summer Tour)
Won 27-10 v USA away (Summer Tour)
Drew 20-20 v Australia home (Autumn Series)
Won 41-6 v Fiji home (Autumn Series)
Won 15-10 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)

Italy – Form Guide From Start Of The 2009 Six Nations:

Lost 36-11 v England away (6N)
Lost 38-9 v Ireland home (6N)
Lost 26-6 v Scotland away (6N)
Lost 20-15 v Wales home (6N)
Lost 50-8 v France home (6N)
Lost 31-8 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Lost 34-12 v Australia away (Summer Tour)
Lost 27-6 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 20-6 v New Zealand home (Autumn Series)
Lost 32-10 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)
Won 24-6 v Samoa home (Autumn Series)

International Championship All-Time Records:

Points –
499 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
479 Jonny Wilkinson (England)
406 Neil Jenkins (Wales)
382 Stephen Jones (Wales)
361 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
297 Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
270 David Humphreys (Ireland)

Tries –
24 Ian Smith (Scotland)
21 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
18 Cyril Lowe (England)
18 Rory Underwood (England)
18 Gareth Edwards (Wales)
17 Shane Williams (Wales)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

97 John Hayes
96 Brian O’Driscoll
93 Ronan O’Gara
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
91 Peter Stringer
82 Girvan Dempsey
72 David Humphreys
70 Kevin Maggs
69 Mike Gibson
66 Marcus Horan
65 Paul O’Connell
65 Shane Horgan
65 Simon Easterby
63 Geordan Murphy
63 Willie John McBride

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

929 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
217 Ollie Campbell
205 Brian O’Driscoll

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

38 Brian O’Driscoll
29 Denis Hickie
21 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
15 Keith Wood
15 Kevin Maggs
14 George Stephenson
14 Ronan O’Gara
12 Keith Crossan
11 Tommy Bowe
11 David Wallace
11 Simon Geoghegan
11 Alan Duggan

Italy – Most-Capped Players:

101 Alessandro Troncon
83 Carlo Checchinato
79 Mauro Bergamasco
78 Andrea Lo Cicero
77 Marco Bortolami
74 Diego Dominguez
71 Cristian Alessandro Stoica
71 Marco Bortolami
69 Massimo Cuttitta
67 Sergio Parisse
66 Mirco Bergamasco
66 Salvatore Perugini
64 Fabio Ongaro
64 Paolo Vaccari
62 Martin Castrogiovanni

Italy – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

983 Diego Dominguez
483 Stefano Bettarello
294 Luigi Troiani
260 Ramiro Pez
153 David Bortolussi

Italy – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

25 Marcello Cuttitta
22 Paolo Vaccari
21 Carlo Checchinato
21 Enrico Marchetto
19 Alessandro Troncon
17 Mirco Bergamasco
17 Serafino Ghizzoni
17 Massimo Mascioletti
16 Ivan Francescato
14 Mauro Bergamasco
13 Kaine Robertson

Comments are as always welcome!

Come on Ireland!! www.bethedifference.ie

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