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All the best stats ahead of Round 3

All the best stats ahead of Round 3

All the best stats ahead of Round 3

Which player has recorded the most tackles in the Autumn Nations Cup so far? And who is the only man to have a try and an assist to his name from the opening two rounds?

Carry on reading for all the best facts and figures ahead of the final weekend of group stage action.

This weekend sees three more titanic tussles across Europe as we get to the business end of the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, with another action-packed weekend in store.

It all gets underway in Llanelli on Saturday afternoon, as Eddie Jones takes his England side to south Wales in search of continuing their 100% record in the competition so far, after victories over Ireland and Georgia.

Wayne Pivac’s side recorded their first win in seven last time out, and will be looking to climb the standings with a strong performance against the reigning Guinness Six Nations champions.

Later in the day, France welcome Italy to Paris looking for a repeat of their 35-22 success over the Azzurri when the pair met earlier in the year, before Ireland face Georgia on Sunday looking to bounce back from their 18-7 defeat to England last time out.

With just one round of fixtures left to play before the Finals Weekend it’s still all to play for across both groups, but what are the numbers saying ahead of the crucial clashes?

Wales v England (Saturday November 28, KO 16:00, Parc y Scarlets) 

  • Wales have lost eight of their last 11 Test matches against England, but have won their last two home games in this fixture, and will be aiming to win three in a row at home against the Red Rose for the first time since 2005 to 2009.
  • England have the best tackle success rate (93%) of any side in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, Wales are the only other side to have a success rate above 90%.
  • England have the best lineout success rate (97%, 34/35) of any side in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, meanwhile Wales have the lowest rate (71%, 20/28).
  • After his brace against Ireland last week, Jonny May now has 31 tries for England, only Rory Underwood has more  (49, Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen also have 31 each); May has scored three tries in seven games against Wales but all of those tries have come at Twickenham
  • England’s Billy Vunipola has made 34 tackles in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, more than any other player from any side, he’s also made a team high 21 carries for England.
  • Louis Rees-Zammit registered a try and an assist in his appearance against Georgia last week, the only player in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup to both score and assist a try.

France v Italy (Saturday November 28, KO 20:00, Stade de France)

  • France have won each of their last nine matches against Italy, in fact they have tasted defeat against the Azzurri just three times in 43 clashes (1997,2011,2013), the first of those losses (1997) the only one to take place in France (Grenoble).
  • Across their last four away games Italy have conceded 164 points and scored just 39, failing to score a single point in two of those matches.
  • Since beating South Africa in November 2016, Italy have lost 33 of 34 fixtures against fellow Tier 1 nations (they beat Japan in 2018).
  • Jake Polledri has beaten 24 defenders in six appearances for Italy in 2020, nine more than any other forward has managed in Test rugby this year (Ardie Savea 15).
  • France have won 100% of scrums on their own feed in each of their last nine matches, winning 36/36 scrums in those nine games, this is their best run of games with a 100% success rate in the last 10 years.

Ireland v Georgia (Sunday November 29, KO 14:00, Aviva Stadium)

  • Ireland have won each of their four Test meetings with Georgia, with three of those victories coming by margins of 40+ points; the Lelos did however run Ireland close at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, losing by just four points on that day(10-14).
  • Ireland have won 19 of their last 20 home Test matches, including each of their last seven in a row, with their only defeat in that spell coming against England in February 2019 (20-32).
  • The top five players for ball carries in the Autumn Nations Cup all play for either Ireland or Georgia; Irish trio Caelan Doris, Chris Farrell and Hugo Keenan have all made a joint-high 25 carries, while teammate James Lowe has made 22 and sits just behind Georgia’s Beka Gorgadze (24).
  • Ireland have averaged the most possession (60%) and territory (60%) in the Autumn Nations Cup, while Georgia have had the least territory (35%) so far this campaign.
  • Each of Georgia’s last 17 Tests have been won by the side leading at half time (W9,L8), a run that stretches back to February 2019.

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