Gatland's Wales return to Croke Park
March 8, 2010
Ronan O'Gara slots the Grand Slam-winning drop-goal in 2009 © Getty Images
Ieuan Evans Mike Gibson David Humphreys Neil Jenkins Stephen Jones Robert Montgomery Brian O'Driscoll Ronan O'Gara Brynmor Williams Johnny Williams
Ireland secured their first Grand Slam since 1948 against Wales in Cardiff last season and will be keen for a repeat performance as they go in search of another Triple Crown at Croke Park on Saturday.
There have been 114 encounters between the countries since the first match, staged at Lansdowne Road, in 1882. Wales have won 62, Ireland 46 and the last of the six draws was 21-all at Cardiff in 1991.
Ireland set the records for the highest score and biggest winning margin of the series in their 54-10 victory in Dublin in 2002. Wales's 34-9 Lansdowne Road win in 1976 is their highest score and the 29-0 victory at Cardiff in 1907 their biggest winning margin of the series.
David Humphreys created the individual record for a match by scoring 22 points for Ireland in Dublin in 2002. Neil Jenkins set the corresponding record for Wales when he collected 20 points there in the 30-21 win in 1998.
The first of the four try hat-tricks recorded in the series was scored for Ireland by
Mike Gibson did not miss a match between 1964 and 1978, turning out a record 14 times for Ireland against Wales. Owing to political problems, the fixture was cancelled in 1972. Ieuan Evans played a dozen times for Wales between 1987 and 1997.
Johnnie Williams set the record for most tries in the rubber. During the early 1900s he crossed eight times in five matches for Wales (1907 to 1911). Brian O'Driscoll heads the Irish try-scorers on five to date.
Neil Jenkins is the leading overall scorer in the series. He scored 113 points for Wales in ten appearances between 1991 and 2000. Ronan O'Gara overtook David Humphreys as the leading Irish scorer in last years game and Stephen Jones took his total to 95 to date.
Wales-Ireland Six Nations results:
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September