Arable land: Bordeaux or Barolo ?

The figures for France vs Italy later today.  World Ranked 7 meets 14.

All EU meeting of two G7 members (major advanced global economies).

Both have big proportions of arable land.

Recall that France have lost in all three RWC finals in which they played.

France has the third highest number of registered players in RWC 2015 (this would imply it has a large talent pool to draw from).

France Italy
GDP per Capita (USD 2005) 35775,42 30916,00
Population (mms) 65,34 59,38
Arable land % 33,38 22,85
Registered players 291202 82143
World Ranking 7 14
Affiliated players / total population % 0,45% 0,14%
Sources: World Bank, ONS, World Rugby, own calculations

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