History of rugby union matches between England and Ireland
England and Ireland have played rugby union internationals since 1875, with England winning the first match at The Oval, London by two goals to nil - a points scoring system was not used in rugby at the time. The two teams have played a total of 129 Test matches, with England winning 74 of them, Ireland 47 and 8 resulting in a draw.
Apart from their annual match, currently part of the Six Nations Championship, the teams have also met in a warm-up match prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup and a one-off match in April 1988 to celebrate the millennium of the city of Dublin. The winners of the 1988 match, England, were awarded the Millennium Trophy which then became the trophy for the annual match between the teams. The Millennium Trophy is currently held by Ireland, who won the most recent match in March 2015.
|Drawn||England points||Ireland points|
Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.
|Longest winning streak||8 (10 Feb 1912–14 Feb 1925)||5 (12 Feb 1972–5 Feb 1977)|
|Largest points for|
|Home||50 (5 February 2000)||43 (24 February 2007)|
|Away||46 (15 February 1997)||28 (18 March 2006)|
|Largest winning margin|
|Home||34 (16 February 2002)||30 (24 February 2007)|
|Away||40 (15 February 1997)||13 (8 February 1964)|
In the Home Nations Championship (1874-1909 and 1932-1939), England played Ireland on 41 occasions, England winning 27, Ireland 13 and one match has been drawn. In these games, England have scored points, and Ireland.
In the Five Nations (1910-1931 and 1947-1999), England played Ireland on 70 occasions, England winning 38, Ireland 25 and seven matches have been drawn. In these games, England have scored points, and Ireland.
In the Six Nations (2000-present), England have played Ireland on 15 occasions, England winning seven, Ireland eight and no matches have been drawn. In these games, England have scored 339 points, and Ireland 257.
In other test matches, England have played Ireland on two occasions, 1988 and 2011, with England winning both; there have been no draws. Overall, England have scored 41 points, and Ireland 19.