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Scotland v Australia - match facts

Published 11/11/2016

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will win his 100th cap on Saturday
Scotland hooker Ross Ford will win his 100th cap on Saturday

Scotland face Australia at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the facts and figures surrounding the match.

* The countries have met on 29 occasions. Australia lead the series 20-9.

* Scotland's record win against the Wallabies was a 24-15 victory in Edinburgh in 1981, while the Aussies boast a best of 45-3 in Sydney back in 1998.

* The Scots have won seven of the 16 Tests played against Australia at Murrayfield.

* The Dark Blues' 9-8 Murrayfield triumph in 2009 ended a 27-year wait for victory over Australia. The Scots then repeated the feat three years later when they went Down Under to beat the hosts 9-6 in Newcastle.

* Australia have racked up double-digit winning margins on seven of their visits to the Scottish capital, with 2006's 44-15 drubbing their biggest Murrayfield win.

* Scotland hooker Ross Ford will win his 100th cap on Saturday. He becomes the third Scot to reach three figures, following Chris Paterson (109) and Sean Lamont (105).

* The Australia duo Israel Folau and Nick Phipps are both set to play their 50th Tests at Murrayfield.

* Home advantage may not be that much of a boost to Scotland. Of their last 10 matches in Edinburgh, they have managed just three wins.

* Australia's 32-8 win over Wales last week was the Wallabies biggest win since thrashing Uruguay by 62 points at last year's World Cup.

* Just seven of the Scots who started against Australia in last year's controversial World Cup quarter-final defeat are named in the XV that kicks-off this weekend, with Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw, Ross Ford, Richie Gray and Jonny Gray all on duty.

* Michael Cheika's Australian line-up has eight changes to the side which grabbed their last-gasp win over the Scots at Twickenham, with Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, David Pocock, Lopeti Timani, Henry Speight, Reece Hodge, Dane Haylett-Petty and Israel Folau all included this time.

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