Friday 21 November 2014

Ireland XV to play England by numbers

Published 20/02/2014 | 18:05

Jamie Heaslip has missed just one Six Nations game since making his international debut
Jamie Heaslip has missed just one Six Nations game since making his international debut

Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged team to face England this weekend and here are some facts and figures for the starting XV ahead of the Triple Crown decider.

53

Ireland games that Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy have started together in midfield, a new world record. Including Leinster and the Lions, they have partnered each other on 140 occasions.

724

Test caps between the starting XV

1

Six Nations games missed by Jamie Heaslip since making his Ireland debut in 2008. Missed the Italy fixture in 2011 due to injury.

7

Successive games Devin Toner has started for Ireland

29.5

Average age of Irish team; the average age of the bench is 25.5

21

Games Cian Healy has started for Ireland in the last 22 internationals.

1

Tries scored by Gordon D’Arcy in the Six Nations since 2007, scored against France during the Grand Slam season of 2009.

17

Successive occasions Mike Ross will wear the number three jersey for Ireland when he steps out at Twickenham on Saturday.

10

PRO12 matches Conor Murray had played for Munster before getting his first international cap.

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