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)
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).