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Japanese player loses ball over tryline


Barbarians too good for England XV


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Courtney Lawes crunches Charlie Hodgson


Tameifuna's huge hit on Michael Hooper


Jason Rutledge's great tryline defence

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Player numbers around the world

After a few days break, we're heading into the next round of the World Cup, as three games take place in New Zealand tomorrow. The latest Rugby World Cup Daily show catches up with some of the teams, and previews the games.

As yet there have been no major upsets, but the so called minnows have all performed well, proving that great progress is being made in those countries. As if often the case, when they're able to get their best players together and find some continuity as a squad, they're able to put up a good fight.

Japan, Namibia, Romania, and the USA have all put in strong first half performances and in some cases, really tested the opposition. Neutrals will be hoping to see more of the same tomorrow as Namibia, Canada, and Georgia take to the park. For the latter two, it's their first game of the tournament.

Samoa play Namibia in what you'd think will be a brutally physical contest, but you'd pick the Samoans to come out on top with their experience and strike power out wide. Tonga against Canada will be an interesting one, but the same applies, and the Tongan might should be too much for Canada's fight. Once again, massive physical contest, and those Cannucks won't back down.

In fact all three games come in similar moulds, as Georgia will throw themselves about the park against Scotland too, so that game will be worth watching. You'd Scotland won't have too much trouble with them, although stranger things have happened. Remember Ireland in 2007?

In today's RWC Daily show a lot of emphasis us put on the smaller nations, with some interesting insight from the Namibian camp. Now is as good a time as ever to share this great infographic with you, created by the talented guys at Ruggerblogger, using IRB Stats as reference.

As explained on their website, the large circle for each nation is the Total Number of Registered Rugby Players (TRP) in that country, men, women, boys and girls. Each large circle has a smaller circle inside it, in proportion, and that represents how many of those players are Senior Males (SM).

Have a look  at the graphic above and video below, and feel free to share your thoughts as a comment about either, both, or your predictions for the next round of matches. If you haven't registered an account on here yet (for quickfire commenting and a profile), you can do so now quickly on the Register page.

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JBirch September 13, 2011 7:03 pm

Nice idea - but why is England's circle for senior players smaller than France's when they have more senior players?

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downwithdropgoals September 13, 2011 7:40 pm

@JBirch i think the size of the circle is representative of the total amount of players and the inner circle is the senior players as a percentage of the total.

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Full Back September 13, 2011 7:48 pm

I think it's proportionally. Looks a little off though, at first glance. What should be added in here as it's an important stat, is that over 800,000 of the English numbers are pre-teen males, in other words full schools registering with Rugby clubs even if half of them never play past the age of 12. Then you have 1.6mil teens, again these would be guys signed up for Rugby in their respective schools, even if they never make it past the 5th choice team of the school.
I'd like to see a graph showing senior males, and the proportion of those males that are professional players. Would give a better insight into rugby levels.
Always a know it all boring cunt throwing in his 2 cents eh? ;)
US and Japan have surprising numbers in there.

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Nick September 13, 2011 7:54 pm

The inner circle is the number of seniors males relative to the total number of all players. Thus England has a small inner circle, portraying the tiny amount of players who go on to play at a senior level (proportionately less than any other World Cup qualifying Nation). However, the absolute figure is still greater given the huge amount of overall players within England.

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i love bacon September 13, 2011 8:01 pm

That's crazy - I never knew Georgia had less than 1,000 adult male rugby players, considering how many of them play for top sides in France.

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Full Back September 13, 2011 8:28 pm

What about Argentina? Looking at the Irb site, they seemingly have no registered players????

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Gavin September 13, 2011 9:10 pm

The inner circles are clearly wrong: look at the number of senior males playing in England - it's more that the total number of players in Ireland, so you would expect the inner circle to be at least that big. But what do we see? A tiny dot, barely bigger than the inner circle for Ireland.

Very odd!

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fac1990 September 13, 2011 11:56 pm

what about Argentina? it's not in the graph!

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Rugbydump September 15, 2011 3:44 pm

It says on the graphic that no info was available for Argentina on the IRB website.

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JR September 14, 2011 2:20 am

No idea what possessed me, but I did a comparison of Total Registered Rugby Players to Total Population. Well done, Samoa. Well done, indeed.

Country Population TRRP % Total Population
Samoa 187,000 23,372 12.498%
Tonga 104,000 6,891 6.626%
England 52,132,000 2,549,196 4.890%
Fiji 861,000 36,030 4.185%
Ireland 4,581,000 153,080 3.342%
New Zealand 4,416,000 137,835 3.121%
Wales 3,020,000 50,557 1.674%
RSA 50,586,000 632,184 1.250%
Scotland 5,222,000 38,500 0.737%
France 65,821,000 313,877 0.477%
Australia 22,705,000 89,952 0.396%
Namibia 2,088,000 5,822 0.279%
Italy 60,626,000 66,176 0.109%
Japan 127,950,000 122,598 0.096%
Georgia 4,436,000 4,181 0.094%
Canada 34,581,000 23,853 0.069%
Romania 21,413,000 9,612 0.045%
United States 312,200,000 88,151 0.028%
Russia 142,914,000 14,519 0.010%

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liamjoyce September 14, 2011 8:53 am

Am i right in thinking that this is registered in THAT country, so for example a Georgian Senior male playing his rugby in France would be registered in France rather than Georgia??

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vignette September 14, 2011 2:13 pm

@liamjoyce
yeah, i think this is how it should be understood

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Remonstrator September 15, 2011 2:32 pm

JR, you've used the wrong population figure for Ireland as you forgot to include Northern Ireland. The actual population figure would be over 6 million.

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Rodofle September 15, 2011 10:21 pm

Well done JR, interesting stuff too

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Brian September 15, 2011 10:29 pm

It is weird that the IRB has no info about Arg because these metrics are available since 1996. Argentine Rugby Union makes them.
Rugby in Arg had a great expansion among kids after 2007's WC performance.
In 2010, there were over 50.000 active players in Argentina
Here is a chart showing the active players per area in Arg http://publicaronline.net/wp-content/uploads/0000394746.jpg
@BCOD86 is my twitter

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pam conway January 07, 2013 3:45 pm

Any idea of the numbers of supporters in England,Scotland, Wales. Ireland please? Need for college project urgently. Thank you. Pam

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