England out to heap woe on Scots
March 7, 2011
England's Mike Tindall looks to force an opening in the Scotlans defence during their 2009 clash at Twickenham © Getty Images
England v Scotland is the oldest fixture on the international calendar. There have been 127 matches between the nations since 1871, when Scotland beat England by a goal and a try to a try at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in the days before scoring by points was introduced.
England have held the lead in the series since 1939 and are currently ahead by 67 wins to 42. There have been 18 draws - the record for any international fixture - with the latest stalemate coming at Murrayfield last year. The most recent meeting of the sides at Twickenham was in 2009 when England triumphed 26-12. Scotland have not tasted success at England's HQ since 1983.
Jason Leonard set the record for most appearances in the series. He played in 14 successive matches from 1991 to 2003, including the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-final at Murrayfield. Scotland's Sandy Carmichael, Scott Hastings and Alastair McHarg played in 11 games.
England set the highest score and best margin for the matches in the 43-3 Twickenham win in 2001. They scored a record seven tries in another high-scoring win (43-22) at Twickenham in 2005. Scotland's record victory was 33-6 at Murrayfield in 1986. Their best try-return is six at Murrayfield in a 28-19 victory in 1931.
Jonny Wilkinson set the individual record for most points in a match. He went through the card of scoring actions collecting 27 when England won at Twickenham in 2007.
The best individual scoring performance for Scotland is 21 points by Gavin Hastings at Murrayfield in 1986.
There have been three try hat-tricks in the series, each scored by England threequarters. Cyril Lowe's at Inverleith in 1914 helped England lift the Triple Crown while John Carleton's tries at Murrayfield in 1980 carried his side to the Grand Slam. Jamie Noon also scored three at Twickenham in 2005.
The famous Flying Scot, Ian Smith, scored the most tries in the matches. During his eight appearances (1924 to 1933) he crossed for nine tries. Cyril Lowe ran in six tries for England between 1913 and 1923 and Jason Robinson did so in five appearances between 2001 and 2007.
The leading overall scorer in the series is Jonny Wilkinson. He has scored 99 points for England in eight games between 1999 and 2010. Chris Paterson holds the corresponding record for Scotland. He scored 70 in ten matches between 2000 and 2009.
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