AHEAD of Scotland’s crunch match with Samoa this weekend, here are the key numbers that tell the story of Scotland’s Rugby World Cups past and present.
The number of conversions that captain, Greig Laidlaw has kicked in this year’s tournament so far. This is also the highest number of any player in this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Gavin Hastings is second-placed on the all time Rugby World Cup (RWC) points table, with 227 points. Hastings played 13 games in three tournaments for Scotland.
Scotland’s total points tally so far in this World Cup. New Zealand currently head the table with 127 points.
The number of yellow cards Scotland has received so far in this year’s RWC. Skipper Greig Laidlaw was sent to the sin bin during their fixture against South Africa on October 3.
The highest score Scotland have ever achieved in a World Cup. The Scots hammered the African nation of Ivory Coast, 89-0 in the 1995 World Cup.
Gavin Hastings reappears in second place on the list of most penalties scored, with only England’s Jonny Wilkinson ahead of him on 58.
The age of Scotland centre Peter Horne, whose birthday is on October 5.
The ranking of the Scottish national team in the world rugby rankings with 77.13 points. England occupies the eighth spot on 79.77, with Fiji close behind in tenth and 76.96.
Scotland’s best finish in a Rugby World Cup to date came in 1991, when the team were just denied a spot in the top three with a heartbreaking loss to the ‘Auld Enemy’
To date, Scotland has never won a Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand.
Gavin Hastings scored eight penalty goals in one bruising World cup match against Tonga with 1995. The most penalties ever scored in World Cup game.
Facts and figures compiled from www.rugbyworldcup.com.