Match Day Programme: Ireland vs Scotland

Match Day Programme: Ireland vs Scotland

Ireland had a big opportunity to become the first Six Nations side to record back-to-back Grand Slams but were reminded why such a feat is all but impossible after a stellar England performance in Twickenham last time out. Both teams are coming into this off the back of unexpected defeats, Ireland to England at Twickenham, Scotland to Italy in Rome. The question is who is capable of bouncing back stronger? England were fantastic last weekend, as were Italy, but it’s difficult to come to any other conclusion than a defeat to the Italians is the more psychologically damaging of the two. Thank you for joining us, this is Ultimate Rugby match day!

Fixture: Ireland vs Scotland

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin 

Kick-off: 15:00 (GMT)

Referee: Matthew Carley

Assistant Referees: Karl Dickson, Christophe Ridley

Television Match Official: Marius Jonker

Head-to-head Played:


Ireland Wins: 70 

Scotland Wins: 66

Draws: 5

Points for:

Italy:  1,735 

Scotland: 1,509

Last Meeting: 29 July, 2023 - Scotland 25-23 Italy (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)

2024 6Nations Results


W 17-38 (a) v France

W 36-0 (h) v Italy

W 31-7 (h) v Wales

L 23-22 (a) v England


W 26-27 (a) v Wales

L 20-16 (h) v France

W 30-21 (h) v England

L 31-29 (a) v Italy 

Team News:

Ireland: Andy Farrell has named an unchanged starting line-up for Ireland’s final game of the 2024 Six Nations against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, while he has reverted to a 5-3 split on the bench to incorporate Harry Byrne and Garry Ringrose. Iain Henderson misses out on the matchday 23, with Ryan Baird covering the secondrow, and with Ciarán Frawley ruled out after suffering a head injury in last week’s 23-22 defeat by England, Byrne provides outhalf and goal-kicking cover. 

Scotland: Gregor Townsend has made two changes to his side, with centre Stafford McDowall and scrumhalf Ben White selected to start. The duo replace Cameron Redpath and George Horne respectively, who both drop to the bench following last weekend’s 31-29 loss to Italy in Rome that put a near fatal dent in Scotland’s title hopes.


  • Ireland have won 13 of their last 14 Test matches against Scotland (L1), including each of their last nine in a row, their joint-longest winning streak against Scotland in men’s rugby (also nine between 1939 and 1954).
  • Ireland lost their most recent Guinness Men’s Six Nations match (23-22 v England) after winning 11 in a row previously, their longest ever streak in the Championship – Ireland have not lost back-to-back Six Nations games since a run of three between 2020 and 2021.
  • Ireland have won each of their last 18 Tests on home soil, their longest such run in Test rugby – only England (22 between 1999 and 2003) and New Zealand (30 between 2003 and 2008, and 47 between 2009 and 2017) have recorded longer winning runs at home in men’s tier 1 Test rugby.
  • Scotland have alternated between wins and losses in their last eight Guinness Men’s Six Nations away matches (W4 L4), with their two away games in this year’s Championship having been decided by just one and two points respectively.
  • Ireland (3.2) and Scotland (2.9) have scored more points per 22 entry than any other team in this year’s Six Nations. Ireland have also conceded the fewest points per defensive 22 entry in the current campaign (1.5)
  • Ireland (533) and Scotland (511) are the only teams to have made 500+ carries in this year’s Six Nations, ranking first and second respectively for carry metres as a result (Ireland – 3085, Scotland – 2916). Ireland have also made the most line breaks (32) and beaten the most defenders (107) so far

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