Ireland vs Canada: Shoulder to Shoulder

Interesting contrast in the table below comparing World Ranked 6 vs 18.

The vast land mass of Canada meets a small Atlantic island.

Canada has approx 5.5 times the population of the island of Ireland.

Ireland has 3.6 times Canada’s playing pool.

So Ireland has a significantly higher ratio of playing pool to total population.

Will these fundamentals matter ?

Ireland Canada
GDP per Capita (USD 2005) 47539,40 37176,16
Population (mms) 6,28 34,34
Arable land % 15,42 4,73
Registered players 96880 26883
World Ranking 6 18
Affiliated players / total population % 1,54% 0,08%
Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations.

Rugby definition used for Ireland except GDP per capita.

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