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.
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.
The unique jeopardy of Judgement Day V has been described by stars from Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons who will face each other in the annual double-header at Principality Stadium on 15th April.