History of rugby union matches between England and Ireland

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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 128 Test matches, with England winning 74 of them, Ireland 46 and 8 resulting in a draw.[1]

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 England, who won the most recent match in February 2014.


Overall summary[edit]

Details Played Won by  England Won by  Ireland Drawn England points Ireland points
In Ireland 65 32 29 4 617 567
In England 63 42 17 4 858 470
Neutral venue 0 0 0 0 0 0
Overall 128 74 46 8 1475 1037

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
128 22 February 2014 Twickenham 13 – 10  England 2014 Six Nations
127 10 February 2013 Aviva Stadium 6 – 12  England 2013 Six Nations
126 17 March 2012 Twickenham 30 – 9  England 2012 Six Nations
125 27 August 2011 Aviva Stadium 9 – 20  England 2011 Rugby World Cup warm up
124 19 March 2011 Aviva Stadium 24 – 8  Ireland 2011 Six Nations
123 27 February 2010 Twickenham 16 – 20  Ireland 2010 Six Nations
122 28 February 2009 Croke Park 14 – 13  Ireland 2009 Six Nations
121 15 March 2008 Twickenham 33 – 10  England 2008 Six Nations
120 24 February 2007 Croke Park 43 – 13  Ireland 2007 Six Nations
119 18 March 2006 Twickenham 24 – 28  Ireland 2006 Six Nations
118 27 February 2005 Lansdowne Road 19 – 13  Ireland 2005 Six Nations
117 6 March 2004 Twickenham 13 – 19  Ireland 2004 Six Nations
116 30 March 2003 Lansdowne Road 6 – 42  England 2003 Six Nations
115 16 February 2002 Twickenham 45 – 11  England 2002 Six Nations
114 20 October 2001 Lansdowne Road 20 – 14  Ireland 2001 Six Nations
113 5 February 2000 Twickenham 50 – 18  England 2000 Six Nations
112 6 March 1999 Lansdowne Road 15 – 27  England 1999 Five Nations Championship
111 4 April 1998 Twickenham 35 – 17  England 1998 Five Nations Championship
110 15 February 1997 Lansdowne Road 6 – 46  England 1997 Five Nations Championship
109 16 March 1996 Twickenham 28 – 15  England 1996 Five Nations Championship
108 21 January 1995 Lansdowne Road 8 – 20  England 1995 Five Nations Championship
107 19 February 1994 Twickenham 12 – 13  Ireland 1994 Five Nations Championship
106 20 March 1993 Lansdowne Road 17 – 3  Ireland 1993 Five Nations Championship
105 1 February 1992 Twickenham 38 – 9  England 1992 Five Nations Championship
104 2 March 1991 Lansdowne Road 7 – 16  England 1991 Five Nations Championship
103 20 January 1990 Twickenham 23 – 0  England 1990 Five Nations Championship
102 18 February 1989 Lansdowne Road 3 – 16  England 1989 Five Nations Championship
101 23 April 1988 Lansdowne Road 10 – 21  England Inaugural Millennium Trophy
100 19 March 1988 Twickenham 35 – 3  England 1988 Five Nations Championship
99 7 February 1987 Lansdowne Road 17 – 0  Ireland 1987 Five Nations Championship
98 01 Mar 1986 Twickenham 25 – 20  England 1986 Five Nations Championship
97 30 Mar 1985 Lansdowne Road 13 – 10  Ireland 1985 Five Nations Championship
96 18 Feb 1984 Twickenham 12 – 9  England 1984 Five Nations Championship
95 19 Mar 1983 Lansdowne Road 25 – 15  Ireland 1983 Five Nations Championship
94 06 Feb 1982 Twickenham 15 – 16  Ireland 1982 Five Nations Championship
93 7 Mar 1981 Lansdowne Road 6 – 10  England 1981 Five Nations Championship
92 19 Jan 1980 Twickenham 24 – 9  England 1980 Five Nations Championship
91 17 Feb 1979 Lansdowne Road 12 – 7  Ireland 1979 Five Nations Championship
90 18 Mar 1978 Twickenham 15 – 9  England 1978 Five Nations Championship
89 05 Feb 1977 Lansdowne Road 0 – 4  England 1977 Five Nations Championship
88 06 Mar 1976 Twickenham 12 – 13  Ireland 1976 Five Nations Championship
87 18 Jan 1975 Lansdowne Road 12 – 9  Ireland 1975 Five Nations Championship
86 06 Feb 1974 Twickenham 21 – 26  Ireland 1974 Five Nations Championship
85 10 Feb 1973 Lansdowne Road 18 – 9  Ireland 1973 Five Nations Championship
84 12 Feb 1972 Twickenham 12 – 16  Ireland 1972 Five Nations Championship
83 13 Feb 1971 Lansdowne Road 6 – 9  England 1971 Five Nations Championship
82 14 Feb 1970 Twickenham 9 – 3  England 1970 Five Nations Championship
81 8 Feb 1969 Lansdowne Road 17 – 15  Ireland 1969 Five Nations Championship
80 10 Feb 1968 Twickenham 9 – 9 draw 1968 Five Nations Championship
79 11 Feb 1967 Lansdowne Road 3 – 8  England 1967 Five Nations Championship
78 12 Feb 1966 Twickenham 6 – 6 draw 1966 Five Nations Championship
77 13 Feb 1965 Lansdowne Road 5 – 0  Ireland 1965 Five Nations Championship
76 08 Feb 1964 Twickenham 5 – 18  Ireland 1964 Five Nations Championship
75 11 Feb 1963 Lansdowne Road 0 – 0 draw 1963 Five Nations Championship
74 10 Feb 1962 Twickenham 16 – 0  England 1962 Five Nations Championship
73 11 Feb 1961 Lansdowne Road 11 – 8  Ireland 1961 Five Nations Championship
72 13 Feb 1960 Twickenham 8 – 5  England 1960 Five Nations Championship
71 14 Feb 1959 Lansdowne Road 0 – 3  England 1959 Five Nations Championship
70 08 Feb 1958 Twickenham 6 – 0  England 1958 Five Nations Championship
69 9 Feb 1957 Lansdowne Road 0 – 6  England 1957 Five Nations Championship
68 10 Feb 1956 Twickenham 20 – 0  England 1956 Five Nations Championship
67 11 Feb 1955 Lansdowne Road 6 – 6 draw 1955 Five Nations Championship
66 13 Feb 1954 Twickenham 14 – 3  England 1954 Five Nations Championship
65 11 Feb 1953 Lansdowne Road 9 – 9 draw 1953 Five Nations Championship
64 29 Mar 1952 Twickenham 3 – 0  England 1952 Five Nations Championship
63 10 Feb 1951 Lansdowne Road 3 – 0  Ireland 1951 Five Nations Championship
62 11 Feb 1950 Twickenham 3 – 0  England 1950 Five Nations Championship
61 12 Feb 1949 Lansdowne Road 14 – 5  Ireland 1949 Five Nations Championship
60 14 Feb 1948 Twickenham 10 – 11  Ireland 1948 Five Nations Championship
59 8 Feb 1947 Lansdowne Road 22 – 0  Ireland 1947 Five Nations Championship
58 11 Feb 1939 Twickenham 0 – 5  Ireland 1939 Home Nations Championship
57 12 Feb 1938 Lansdowne Road 14 – 36  England 1938 Home Nations Championship
56 13 Feb 1937 Twickenham 9 – 8  England 1937 Home Nations Championship
55 8 Feb 1936 Lansdowne Road 6 – 3  Ireland 1936 Home Nations Championship
54 9 Feb 1935 Twickenham 14 – 3  England 1935 Home Nations Championship
53 10 Feb 1934 Lansdowne Road 3 – 13  England 1934 Home Nations Championship
52 11 Feb 1933 Twickenham 17 – 6  England 1933 Home Nations Championship
51 13 Feb 1932 Lansdowne Road 8 – 11  England 1932 Home Nations Championship
50 14 Feb 1931 Twickenham 5 – 6  Ireland 1931 Five Nations Championship
49 8 Feb 1930 Lansdowne Road 4 – 3  Ireland 1930 Five Nations Championship
48 9 Feb 1929 Twickenham 5 – 6  Ireland 1929 Five Nations Championship
47 11 Feb 1928 Lansdowne Road 6 – 7  England 1928 Five Nations Championship
46 12 Feb 1927 Twickenham 8 – 6  England 1927 Five Nations Championship
45 13 Feb 1926 Lansdowne Road 19 – 15  Ireland 1926 Five Nations Championship
44 14 Feb 1925 Twickenham 6 – 6 draw 1925 Five Nations Championship
43 9 Feb 1924 Ravenhill 3 – 14  England 1924 Five Nations Championship
42 10 Feb 1923 Welford Road 23 – 5  England 1923 Five Nations Championship
41 11 Feb 1922 Lansdowne Road 3 – 12  England 1922 Five Nations Championship
40 12 Feb 1921 Twickenham 15 – 0  England 1921 Five Nations Championship
39 14 Feb 1920 Lansdowne Road 11 – 14  England 1920 Five Nations Championship
38 14 Feb 1914 Twickenham 17 – 12  England 1914 Five Nations Championship
37 9 Feb 1913 Lansdowne Road 4 – 15  England 1913 Five Nations Championship
36 10 Feb 1912 Twickenham 15 – 0  England 1912 Five Nations Championship
35 11 Feb 1911 Lansdowne Road 3 – 0  Ireland 1911 Five Nations Championship
34 11 Feb 1910 Twickenham 0 – 0 draw 1910 Five Nations Championship
33 13 Feb 1909 Lansdowne Road 5 – 11  England 1909 Home Nations Championship
32 8 Feb 1908 Athletic Ground, Richmond 13 – 3  England 1908 Home Nations Championship
31 9 Feb 1907 Lansdowne Road 17 – 9  Ireland 1907 Home Nations Championship
30 10 Feb 1906 Welford Road 6 – 16  Ireland 1906 Home Nations Championship
29 11 Feb 1905 Mardyke, Cork 17 – 3  Ireland 1905 Home Nations Championship
28 13 Feb 1904 Rectory Field 19 – 0  England 1904 Home Nations Championship
27 14 Feb 1903 Lansdowne Road 6 – 0  Ireland 1903 Home Nations Championship
26 8 Feb 1902 Welford Road 6 – 3  England 1902 Home Nations Championship
25 9 Feb 1901 Lansdowne Road 10 – 6  Ireland 1901 Home Nations Championship
24 3 Feb 1900 Athletic Ground, Richmond 15 – 4  England 1900 Home Nations Championship
23 4 Feb 1899 Lansdowne Road 6 – 0  Ireland 1899 Home Nations Championship
22 5 Feb 1898 Athletic Ground, Richmond 6 – 9  Ireland 1898 Home Nations Championship
21 6 Feb 1897 Lansdowne Road 13 – 9  Ireland 1897 Home Nations Championship
20 1 Feb 1896 Meanwood Road, Leeds 4 – 10  Ireland 1896 Home Nations Championship
19 2 Feb 1895 Lansdowne Road 3 – 6  England 1895 Home Nations Championship
18 3 Feb 1894 Rectory Field 5 – 7  Ireland 1894 Home Nations Championship
17 4 Feb 1893 Lansdowne Road 0 – 4  England 1893 Home Nations Championship
16 6 Feb 1892 Whalley Range 7 – 0  England 1892 Home Nations Championship
15 7 Feb 1891 Lansdowne Road 0 – 9  England 1891 Home Nations Championship
14 15 Mar 1890 Rectory Field 3 – 0  England 1890 Home Nations Championship
13 5 Feb 1887 Lansdowne Road 6 – 0  Ireland 1887 Home Nations Championship
12 6 Feb 1886 Lansdowne Road 0 – 1  England 1886 Home Nations Championship
11 7 Feb 1885 Whalley Range 2 – 1  England 1885 Home Nations Championship
10 4 Feb 1884 Lansdowne Road 0 – 3  England 1884 Home Nations Championship
9 10 Feb 1883 Whalley Range 6 – 1  England 1883 Home Nations Championship
8 6 Feb 1882 Lansdowne Road 2 – 2 draw 1881-82 Home Nations rugby union matches
7 10 Feb 1881 Whalley Range 8 – 0  England 1880-81 Home Nations rugby union matches
6 30 Jan 1880 Lansdowne Road 1 – 4  England 1879-80 Home Nations rugby union matches
5 24 Mar 1879 The Oval 11 – 0  England 1878-79 Home Nations rugby union matches
4 11 Mar 1878 Lansdowne Road 0 – 7  England 1877-78 Home Nations rugby union matches
3 5 Feb 1877 The Oval 8 – 0  England 1876-77 Home Nations rugby union matches
2 13 Dec 1875 Rathmines, Dublin 0 – 4  England 1875-76 Home Nations rugby union matches
1 15 Feb 1875 The Oval 2G – 0  England 1874-75 Home Nations rugby union matches

Breakdown[edit]

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.

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