Did You Know . . . Facts And Figures For Round 3 Of The Lloyds Tsb Six Nations Championship
1 March 2002 19:02
DID YOU KNOW . . . ROUND 3 OF THE LLOYDS TSB SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP
* It's a bit like the Holy Grail, and only a few players have managed it during the 91 year history of the Five and Six Nations Championships, but scoring a try in every round of the 2002 Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship will be on the minds of at least a couple of players this weekend. England wing Ben Cohen and Irish replacement Ronan O'Gara have already scored in each of their teams matches to date and they will be seeking to add to their tallys against France and Scotland respectively this weekend. If they can do that then they will remain on course to match the achievements of the following players:
Carston Catcheside (England) 1924 2vW,Ir,1vF,S 6
AC 'Johnny' Wallace (Scotland) 1925 2vFr,W,1vIr,E 6
Patrick Esteve (France) 1983 2vS,1vE,Ir,W 5
Philippe Sella (France) 1986
Gregor Townsend (Scotland) 1999 1vW,E,Ir,F 4
Philippe Bernat-Salles (France) 2001 1vS,Ir,It,W,E 5
Will Greenwood scored six tries in last season's championship, including a
hat-trick against Wales, but failed to join the roll of honour by missing out in the rearranged game in Dublin in October. he did have some small
consolation, however, by scoring two tries against the Irish at Twickenham
two weeks ago.
* Just in case any English fan needed reminding about how difficult a task
Martin Johnson's side face in Paris on Saturday, the French have won their
last five matches, four of which have been on home soil - South Africa,
Australia, Fiji, Italy and Wales.
* England have also won five in a row since losing the Grand Slam in Dublin
- Australia, Romania, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland. Coming on top of
their record breaking run of 11 successive victories prior to that Ireland defeat it means the English team can boast 16 wins in their last 17 outings.
* Martin Johnson's conduct is bound to come under the spotlight at Stade
de France given the controversy surrounding his recent disciplinary hearings. Last time he played in Paris, for Leicester Tigers against Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup final in May 2001, he was given a yellow card.
* It will be congratulations to Raphael Ibanez and Olivier Magne when they reach 50 caps for France against England. Ibanez will join Philippe Dintrans on 50 caps as France's most capped hooker.
* Both Ibanez and Magne have captained France in the 2002 Lloyds TSB Six
Nations Championship. But it will be the fit again Fabien Galthie who will
lead the side against England - Bernard Laporte's third captain and scrum half in as many matches.
* Jonny Wilkinson will have two targets in mind at Stade de France. He needs
one more penalty to reach a century for England (Neil Jenkins has kicked 231 for Wales) and he needs 15 points to reach 500 for England in what will
be his 33rd international.
* Ireland's outside half David Humphreys needs just five points to reach the 300 mark, while Ronan O'Gara is 10 short of joining the 200 club. In
Wales, Stephen Jones became only the eighth Welshman to score 100 points for his country thanks to his 18 points contribution against France.
* Scottish skipper Bryan Redpath will win his 43rd cap in Dublin, but the
Sale Sharks scrum half is still waiting for his first try.
* Ireland will be playing their 496th Test match this weekend, while both
Wales and Scotland have gone through the 500 barrier in the past year. Wales did it in Japan, while Scotland's game against England was their 500th.
* The Scots have won 12 of their last 14 matches against Ireland and drawn
another. Ireland have only beaten Scotland once in Dublin since 1988.
* Scott Quinnell will be looking to increase his Welsh try record for a
forward against Italy. The Llanelli No 8 has scored nine tries to date in 48 outings. But opposite number Carlo Checchinato leads the way with a world record 19 tries in 73 Test appearances.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.