The first international meeting between Ireland and Wales was January 28th 1882. Wales won 'by two goals, and two tries to nil,' which in today's language means 4 tries, with two conversions.
The first fixture between the two nations immediately sparked controversy, with two Irish players walking off apparently 'with disgust'.- reports of the match said there were 'sundry' disputes' between the Irish team and the Welsh umpire, Mr Richard Mulloch.
Since that day Ireland and Wales have squared up over 100 times, 105 to be exact. Wales have won 60 of these battles and lost 39. On six occasions the honours have been even.
Sunday's venue, Lansdowne road, has hosted 52 of these match ups, Wales have a good record, winning 26 times, losing 22 times, with 4 draws.
Neil Jenkins has scored the most points against the Irish- three tries, nine conversions, 26 penalties and a drop goal make up the grand total of 113.
Powerhouse Scott Quinnell has scored more tries than any other Welsh forward, nine in total, but interestingly, not one against the Irish...will this weekend see him break that hoodoo?
Last 5 meetings.
2000/01 Wales 6 Ireland 36 (at the Millennium Stadium)
1999/00 Ireland 19 Wales 23 (Lansdowne rd.)
1998/99 Wales 23 Ireland 29 (Wembley)
1997/98 Ireland 21 Wales 30 (Lansdowne rd.)
1996/97 Wales 25 Ireland 26 (Cardiff Arms Park)
Whenever Bedlinog tackle Penallta a massive fixure is guaranteed but this Sunday there will be even more emphasis placed on the two rivals when they contest the SSE Swalec Plate final at Principality Stadium.
Ahead of their SSE SWALEC Bowl Final clash with Taffs Well at Principality Stadium on Sunday, Burry Port share their #FABXV nomination with WRUTV in the search for Welsh rugby's greatest volunteers. Everyone can get involved by sending nominations via twitter to @WRU_Community using the hashtag #FABXV
Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins and Ospreys centre Ben John look ahead to the first game at Principality Stadium in Saturday's double header which is promising to be a special occasion for all Welsh fans.
Carmarthen Quins Director of Rugby Ian Jones and committee member Jeff Thomas along with Llandovery chairman Handel Davies look ahead to Sunday's SSE SWALEC Cup showdown where both teams are out to prove 'West is best'
SWALEC ambassador Shane WIlliams is looking forward to Sunday's Finals Day where the Cup, Bowl and Plate offers a great opportunity for players and teams to experience the magic of playing at Principality Stadium
Carmarthen Quins coach Richard Kelly believes it is an exciting time to be part of the Scarlets region as his side take on local rivals Llandovery in the SSE Swalec Cup final on Sunday, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers