In the year that the RFU celebrates its 150th birthday, the WRU its 140th and international between Wales and England reaches 140 years, the meeting at Principality Stadium on Saturday was the 125th meeting between the two nations in a championship context.
It is incredible to note that over that sequence of fixtures there is only one match between the two teams. The Welsh win was the 56th and England have 57, with 12 matches drawn, while England lead in the 137 match series overall between the two teams 65-60.
FOR THE RECORD . . . WALES 40 – 24 ENGLAND
40 points is the most ever scored by Wales against England in any match since 1881
6 more than in Cardiff in the 34-21 win in 1967 that stopped England winning the Triple Crown
16 point winning margin was biggest in fixture since 20013, when Wales won 30-3
4 tries is the most scored by Wales against England in the Six Nations
4 conversions is the most against England in the Six Nations by Wales and any other team
1 try bonus point against England for the first time
22 Triple Crowns for Wales now and the fourth with England as the final match
5 Triple Crowns in the Six Nations equals the record of Ireland and England
4 Grand Slams by Wales is already a Six Nations record and they could now seal a fifth
ALUN WYN JONES – CAPTAIN FANTASTIC!
4 Triple Crowns, 3 Grand Slams, 4 Six Nations titles
10 wins over England – one behind JPR Williams – from record 23 games
45 games as Wales captain, four short of Sam Warburton
38 wins from 61 games in Six Nations
GEORGE NORTH – WORLD RECORD BREAKER
100 caps for Wales and 3 for British & Irish Lions
28 years, 320 days old as youngest player to reach 100 caps for one country
3 Triple Crowns, 2 Grand Slams, 3 Six Nations titles
21 Six Nations tries
42 tries for Wales
44 tries including Lions