Twice winners South Africa vs future hosts Japan

The figures for the South Africa versus Japan match-up.

A 10 places gap in rankings.

South Africa have two previous RWC wins and are the only team to have a 100% win ratio in their RWC final appearances – i.e. they won both.

Japan are of course due to host the next RWC in 2019.

South Africa Japan
GDP per Capita (USD 2005) 6010,41 36203,43
Population (mms) 51,55 127,82
Arable land % 9,92 11,67
Registered players 342316 107673
World Ranking 3 13
Affiliated players / total population % 0,66% 0,08%
Sources: World Bank, ONS, World Rugby, own calculations

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