Ireland v Scotland
Rugby World Cup 2019
Scotland play two of their pool games in the International Stadium in Yokohama where the Rugby World Cup Final will be played on Saturday 2 November. The Scots’ opponents in the first pool game are familiar Six Nations rivals Ireland. Since their first game in 1877, the two countries have played each other 135 times, with Scotland winning 66, Ireland winning 63 (and five draws).
Ireland at a glance
Ireland go into the Rugby World Cup as the number one ranked team in the world. A historic win against a full-strength All Blacks side in Dublin, a Grand Slam in the Guinness Six Nations and a first series win over Australia led to Ireland being awarded Team of the Year at the 2018 World Rugby Awards, with Joe Schmidt winning the Coach of the Year and Jonny Sexton the Player of the Year Award. The side have struggled to replicate such dominant form this year, losing to England and Wales in the Guinness Six Nations and losing again to England - by a record margin - in the recent warm-ups.
Ireland have reached the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals stage on six occasions (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015) but have never progressed to the semi-finals. Of the 35 Rugby World Cup matches Ireland have played, they have won 21 and lost 14.
Watching on TV?
In the UK the Ireland v Scotland will be shown live on ITV, kicking off at 8.45am (BST).
Find out where to watch: rugbyworldcup.com/broadcasters
Going to the Game?
If you are going to the game at International Stadium or watching it in Yokohama, you are invited to join other Scotland supporters at Scottish Rugby House!
After its success the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Scottish Rugby House in Yokohama will again provide Scotland fans with the ideal place to gather pre-match and travel together to the ground
before the pool games against Ireland and Japan. Hosted by former Scotland Captain Al Kellock, Scottish Rugby House will bring a taste of Scotland to Japan, with great food, drink and entertainment on offer and big screens showing other Rugby World Cup action throughout the day to keep fans fully up-to-date with all the games being played. All guests will be entered into a Prize Draw to win a series of fantastic prizes, including signed Scotland shirts and tickets + hospitality for home Scotland games at the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship.
There are still spaces are still available at Scotland Rugby House: view package details and event information here.
If you’re head to Japan for the tournament, please read our RWC2019: Fan Guide for travel information and advice, useful links and recommended social media accounts to follow.