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 ?
|GDP per Capita (USD 2005)||47539,40||37176,16|
|Arable land %||15,42||4,73|
|Affiliated players / total population %||1,54%||0,08%|
|Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations.
Rugby definition used for Ireland except GDP per capita.