Internationals October 2020

October 23 2020


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Stats and Notes for Three Internationals This Weekend: Scotland v Georgia, Ireland v Italy, France v Wales



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SCOTLAND v GEORGIA – MURRAYFIELD – KO 19:30 FRIDAY

Head to head:
Played 4 – Scotland leads 4-0
Points for: Scotland 138 / Georgia 41
Average score: Scotland 34-10 Georgia
First met: 14 September, 2011 – RWC 2011 – Scotland 15-6 Georgia – Invercargill, New Zealand
Last met: 6 September, 2019 – Scotland 36-9 Georgia – Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Debut: 22 February, 2014 – Georgia 36-10 Russia
Tests as referee: 12

• This is Georgia’s third trip to Scotland, having also lost 43-16 in Kilmarnock in 2016
• Fraser Brown will captain Scotland for the first time in the absence of Stuart Hogg
• Finn Russell will win his 50th cap if called upon from the bench
• Scotland have named two uncapped players in their squad, Duhan van der Merwe starts on the wing with prop Oli Kebble named on the bench
• Both played for South Africa at the World Rugby U20 Championship, Kebble winning the title alongside the likes of Handré Pollard and Steven Kitshoff in 2012
• Scotland starting line-up features 11 players to have come through the World Rugby U20 Championship pathway, with a further six on the bench
• Georgia’s starting line-up features six players from the U20 Championship or Trophy pathway with a further seven on the bench
• Tight-head Lekos Kaulashvili will make his debut for Georgia
• This will be the first time Alexandre Ruiz referees Scotland, but the fourth time he’s taken charge of a match involving Georgia

IRELAND v ITALY – AVIVA STADIUM – KO 15:30 SATURDAY

Head to head:
Played 31 – Ireland leads 27-4
Points for: Ireland 1,074 / Italy 468
Average score: Ireland 34-15 Italy
First met: 31 December, 1988 – Ireland 31-15 Italy – Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Last met: 10 August, 2019 – Ireland 29-10 Italy – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Debut: 14 March, 2015 – Portugal 8-19 Spain
Tests as referee: 17

• Ireland have won their last nine meetings with Italy, dating back to a 22-15 loss at the Stadio Olimpico on 16 March, 2013
• This will be the first time Matthew Carley referees Ireland, but the fourth time he’s taken charge of a match involving Italy
• Carley made his Six Nations debut as a referee in 2019, taking charge of Italy’s 25-14 loss to France
• Ireland have named four uncapped players in their squad: Will Connors and Hugo Keenan will start with Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park on the bench
• Keenan and Byrne are in line to join Ireland’s tally of 52 World Rugby U20
Championship graduates
• Ireland have 10 players in their starting line-up that have come through the World Rugby U20 Championship pathway, plus four on the bench
• Paolo Garbisi will become Italy’s 50th U20 Championship graduate having been named at fly-half with another set to join him with Federico Mori named on the bench
• Garbisi, Mori and Gianmarco Lucchesi all played for Italy in the U20 Six Nations earlier this year, with Garbisi captaining the Azzurrini in three matches
• Italy have 12 players from the U20 Championship or Trophy pathway in their starting line-up with graduates in their starting line-up with six on the bench

FRANCE v WALES – STADE DE FRANCE – KO 21:10 SATURDAY

Head to head:
Played 99 – Wales leads 51-45 with three draws
Points for: France 1,454 / Wales 1,514
Average score: France 14-15 Wales
First met: 2 March, 1908 – Wales 36-4 France – Cardiff Arms Park
Last met: 22 February, 2020 – France 27-23 Wales – Stade de France, Paris

Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Debut: 17 November, 2018 – Georgia 27-19 Samoa
Tests as referee: 2

• This will be the 100th test match between the two teams
• Wales were victorious on their last visit to France, triumphing 24-19 in 2019
• Alun Wyn Jones will draw level with Richie McCaw as the most-capped player in test history, winning his 148th cap (139th for Wales, nine for British and Irish Lions)
• Leigh Halfpenny will win his 90th cap for Wales
• Only nine hundredths of a rating point separate the two teams in the World Rugby Rankings before home weighting is factored in
• Wales have 12 U20 Championship graduates in their starting line-up, with another four on the bench
• Wales have named two uncapped players on the bench, Sam Parry and Louis Rees-Zammit
• France have 16 U20 Championship graduates in their match-day squad, eight in the starting line-up and eight on the bench

WORLD RUGBY MEN’S RANKINGS STATS

• Ireland and Scotland cannot improve their ratings with victory
• Wales will climb two places to fifth if they avoid defeat against France
• Wales cannot fall from seventh even with an emphatic loss
• France will climb to fifth with any margin of victory
• Fourth is possible for a victorious France or Wales if Ireland also lose at home
• Italy will move above Tonga if they draw or win in Dublin
• A two-place climb is possible for the Azzurri if they win and Georgia lose
• Scotland will fall one or two places depending on the margin of defeat to Georgia
• Georgia cannot improve their rating even with a win by more than 15 points as they would still trail Fiji by 0.35 points

SCOTLAND (8) 80.69 v GEORGIA (12) 72.86
Scotland win by 15 points or less – Scotland 80.69, Georgia 72.86 (no change)
Scotland win by more than 15 points – Scotland 80.69, Georgia 72.86 (no change)
Draw – Scotland 79.69, Georgia 73.86
Georgia win by 15 points or less – Scotland 78.69, Georgia 74.86
Georgia win by more than 15 points – Scotland 77.69, Georgia 75.86

IRELAND (4) 84.92 v ITALY (14) 71.08
Ireland win by 15 points or less – Ireland 84.92, Italy 71.08 (no change)
Ireland win by more than 15 points – Ireland 84.92, Italy 71.08 (no change)
Draw – Ireland 83.92, Italy 72.08
Italy win by 15 points or less – Ireland 82.92, Italy 73.08
Italy win by more than 15 points – Ireland 81.92, Italy 74.08

FRANCE (5) 82.74 v WALES (6) 82.65
France win by 15 points or less – France 83.43, Wales 81.96
France win by more than 15 points – France 83.77, Wales 81.61
Draw – France 82.43, Wales 82.96
Wales win by 15 points or less – France 81.43, Wales 83.96
Wales win by more than 15 points – France 80.77, Wales 84.61

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