We’ve already had a look at whether or not experience even matters in a Rugby World Cup and how the cap distribution stacks up across all the quarterfinal teams.
But here’s something a little extra – and something for you to draw your own conclusions from.
RWC 2019 quarterfinal overview
- There are approximately 9 105 caps going into the quarterfinal.
- Distribution of the caps
- 90 players (36%) have caps between 0-19
- 72 players (29%) have caps between 20-39
- 29 players (12%) have caps between 40 – 59
- 31 players (13%) have caps between 60-79
- 17 players (7%) have caps between 80-99
- Nine players(4%) have caps 100 or more
- Have the highest number of caps in the quarterfinal, 1 512.
- This is 17% of the total caps between all the players in the quarterfinal.
- Most of their players have 20-39 caps.
- The average caps in the Australian side are 49, that’s nearly 50 caps per player.
- They also have the most players with 100 or more games at four.
- Adam-Ashley Cooper
- Will Genia
- Rob Simmonds
- Sekope Kepu
- They are the most experienced team in the quarterfinal.
- 1 143 caps in total.
- Approximately 35% (11 out of 31) of England’s 31 have fewer than 20 caps.
- England have no player with 100 or more games.
- Most inexperienced Tier 1 nation in the QFs.
- Approximately 77% (24 out of 31) of their players have fewer than 40 caps.
- Only one player with 80 or more games.
- Ireland are led by Rory Best, their most capped player. With 123 caps, Best is the only player with 100 or more games in the Ireland side.
- They go into the quarters as the third most experienced side.
- They average 40 caps per player (slightly behind the All Blacks).
- They have 14 of the 31 players in the 20-39 caps range, the most by any team in this bracket.
- They are also tied with Australia (four), in the 80-99 bracket.
- The most inexperienced side left standing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
- Home ground advantage will come into play.
- Fumiaki Tanaka is the most capped player in the squad with 74 caps.
- Approximately 81% of the Japanese players have fewer than 40 caps, the most by any team.
- The second most capped team in the QFs, 1 289.
- Two players with 100 or more games, this is the second most. They are:
- Sam Whitelock
- Kieran Read
- Quite evenly distributed across all the brackets in terms of caps.
- Only one centenary player, Tendai Mtawarira.
- 1 069 caps in the squad, the injury to Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel left them just behind England (1 143) for total caps.
- The Boks average 34 caps per player.
- Lowest number of players (two) in the 60-79 bracket.
- The squad averages 39 caps per player.
- Total of 1 222 caps throughout the squad.
- Wales have one player with 100 or more caps.
- Alun Wyn Jones – 131.
- He is the most capped player left at the Rugby World Cup.
- The six players in the 60-79 bracket is the most by any team in this bracket.
RWC 2019: Players in the quarterfinals by the numbers
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