Match Facts

Ireland have won 18 of their 19 Six Nations games against Italy, a 22-15 loss in Rome in 2013 the only exception; their five wins since that defeat have come by an average margin of 39 points.

Italy have lost 33 of their last 34 matches against Tier 1 opposition, including their last 19 in a row since beating South Africa in November 2016, this is their worst such losing run since a string of 21 defeats between 2000 and 2002.

Italy have not won at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the Six Nations since 2013 when they beat Ireland, losing all 13 tournament matches at the venue since, three times spurning a half-time lead.

Italy’s defeat against Scotland in the last round was their 19th consecutive loss in the Six Nations, extending an unwanted record for the Azzurri (France lost 17 in a row 1911-1920).

Ireland have won their last three away games in the Six Nations, they’ve not won four consecutive away games in the Championship since 2006-07, the third and fourth of those victories 12 years ago coming against Scotland and Italy respectively.

Italy (96%, 23/24) and Ireland (96%, 22/23) have the best lineout success rates of any teams in the 2019 Six Nations so far.

Ireland’s Conor Murray has assisted 16 tries in the Six Nations, one more assist will draw him level with Jonny Wilkinson and Ronan O’Gara at the top of this ranking in the competition’s history.

Jacob Stockdale already has eight tries in just seven Six Nations matches for Ireland, only six Irish players have more in the Championship since 2000.

Ireland captain Rory Best has attended 91 rucks so far in the 2019 Six Nations, more than any other player from any side, with 79 of those rucks being attacking rucks.

Ireland’s James Ryan has made more tackles (26) than any other player in the 2019 Six Nations who is yet to miss one, he has also made the second most carries of any player (31).

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