All Black player pool vs Arable Pumas (NZ vs Arg)

Head to head for the World Ranked 1 vs 8 sides.

New Zealand has one tenth the total population of Argentina, but around 4 times its national income per capita.

Argentina has 8 times New Zealand’s proportion of arable land mass (in a sport that is closely historically associated with agriculture).

Perhaps the key difference: after the Pacific Islands, New Zealand has the highest ratio of Affiliated Players to Total Population in RWC 2015.

New Zealand Argentina
GDP per Capita (USD 2005) 28258,1 7836,5
Population (mms) 4,4 40,7
Arable land % 1,8 13,9
Registered players 148483 59998
World Ranking 1 8
Affiliated players / total population % 3,39% 0,15%
Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations

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