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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About England Rugby

Think you know everything about England and English rugby? Think again.

We take you through ten facts about the national team that might just surprise you.

10) Owen Farrell has scored more points against New Zealand than any other player

In four matches he has scored a total of 55 points against the All Blacks, with five conversions, 14 penalties and a drop goal. A certain Mr Wilkinson is in second place on 53 in five games.

9) 1381 players have represented the national team

The latest being Exeter Chiefs centre Ollie Devoto, who made his first appearance off the bench against Wales in May. Eddie Jones has already handed out eight new caps since taking over as head coach in January.

8) Only four players have ever been red carded in a game

The first was Mike Burton back in 1975, when the prop was sent off against Australia in Brisbane just three minutes into the second test. Queensland referee Bob Burnett was officiating the match and red carded the Gloucester player for a late tackle.

Since then Danny Grewcock, Simon Shaw and Lewis Moody have all seen red.

7) 128 players have captained their country

Frederic Stokes was the very first England captain, leading his country in rugby’s first international game way back in 1871 against Scotland in Edinburgh on 27th March, a game the Red Rose last one goal to nil.

Dylan Hartley is of course England’s current captain, but the first time he led his country was during the third test of the South Africa tour in 2012, a game the team drew.

Tom Wood is the most recent ‘new’ captain for England, leading the team on the 2013 summer tour of Argentina during the Lions series.

6) England has won more away games at Lansdowne Road than any other ground

Although England has played 294 matches at Twickenham, they have won 30 tests out of 61 tests at Lansdowne Road. Moreover, they have also won 20 games at Murrayfield, 10 in Cardiff and 10 at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

5) England has drawn 50 matches in its entire Test history

The first was at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow back in 1873 when England drew 0 – 0 in a thrilling match. Since then England has drawn a further 10 matches in Scotland, four in Ireland, four in Wales, two in France, one in Argentina and 27 in England. The most recent draw was the 14 – 14 result against South Africa in 2012.

4) If the team are down at half time, they tend to lose the game

On the 225 occasions that England have been down at half-time, they have won only 43 of those games or a win percentage of just under 21%.

Since Eddie Jones has been in charge England has won both games when they were losing at half-time: against Wales in May and the final test against Australia in the summer, heralding Jones’ impact on the side.

Stuart Lancaster’s team won six of the 17 matches that they were losing at half time between 2012 and 2015.

3) England has scored more points against Wales than any other country

In 129 matches against Wales England has scored a combined total of 1,673 points, or almost 13 points a game. In comparison, the Red Rose has scored 560 points against the All Blacks across 40 matches, or 14 points a match.

2) It’s really difficult to score tries against South Africa

Out of all the major nations England have struggled to cross the line the most against the Springboks. Over 37 games the Englishmen have only ever scored 42 tries. To put that in some perspective, England has scored 46 tries in 5 games against Romania.

1) England has played 11 test matches in Manchester

Seven matches were played at Whalley Range in the city from 1880 to 1892, with another game at Fallowfield in 1897, Old Trafford in 1997 and 2009, and of course the final World Cup pool match against Uruguay at the Etihad Stadium last year.

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.