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DID YOU KNOW? REPUBLIC IRELAND VS WALES
1) Jack Charlton’s first game in charge of Republic of Ireland was against Wales in 1986.
2) Wales defeated Republic of Ireland in all of the first four meetings between two nations, all friendlies from 1960-1986.
3) Wales and Republic of Ireland both have five victories in the fixture, with the teams drawing on three occasions.
4) Gareth Bale is now just two goals behind Ian Rush’s all-time record of 28 international goals for Wales.
5) Joe Ledley, currently on 71 caps, will move level with Wales’ legends Mark Hughes and Joey Jones if selected in Dublin.
6) Former midfielder Mark Pembridge scored the winning goal the last time Wales won in this fixture, a friendly in 1992.
7) Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is two goals behind Don Givens, John Aldridge and Tony Cascarino who all scored 19 goals for their country.
8) Mark Bowen made his final Wales appearance against Republic of Ireland in February 1997.
9) Former striker Dean Saunders made his international debut against Republic of Ireland in a 1-0 win in 1986.
10) Before the change to play under the name of Republic of Ireland in 1954, Wales and Ireland met on 29 occasions from 1882 to 1954.