Jacob Stockdale Broke Yet Another Record This Season
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Jacob Stockdale is the man of the moment right now. The Ulster winger is having the season of his life, after bursting onto the international scene back in November in some style.
After getting a taste of international rugby during Ireland’s summer tour of USA and Japan, Stockdale announced himself to the world with some sizzling performances during the Autumn Series, bagging three tries in three games.
He then transferred than form to the Six Nations, breaking a number of records in the process. First up he broke the Irish record for tries in a single championship. Then with his score against England, he broke the overall Six Nations record.
Now it’s been confirmed he’s broken the record for tries scores by an Ireland player in a single season, previously set by teammate Keith Earls last year. Earls ended the 2017 summer tour to the USA and Japan with a nine-try tally from the year.
But 21-year-old Stockdale has now gone one better scoring 10 tries so far, with a summer tour of Australia still to come.
Ireland’s all-time top try-scorers in an international season:
Jacob Stockdale (2017/18) – 10 tries/7 starts (1 v South Africa, 2 v Argentina, 2 v Italy, 2 v Wales, 2 v Scotland, 1 v England)
Keith Earls (2016/17) – 9 tries/9 starts (1 v Canada, 1 v Australia, 1 v Scotland, 2 v Italy, 2 v USA, 2 v Japan)
Denis Hickie (2003/04) – 8 tries/6 starts (4 v Italy, 1 v Scotland, 2 v Romania, 1 v Namibia)
Keith Wood (1999/00) – 7 tries/12 starts/1 rep (1 v Argentina, 4 v USA, 1 v Scotland, 1 v Italy)
Brian O’Driscoll (2003/04) – 7 tries/14 starts (1 v Australia, 2 v France, 2 v Wales, 1 v Italy, 1 v South Africa)
Tommy Bowe (2011/12) – 7 tries/9 starts (2 v USA, 1 v Wales, 2 v Italy, 2 v France)
Keith Crossan (1986/87) – 6 tries/9 starts (3 v Romania, 1 v England, 2 v Canada)
Brian O’Driscoll (1999/00) – 6 tries/10 starts (1 v USA, 1 v Scotland, 1 v Italy, 3 v France)
Keith Earls (2011/12) – 6 tries/14 starts (2 v Russia, 2 v Italy, 1 v Wales, 1 v Italy)