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.
|GDP per Capita (USD 2005)||28258,1||7836,5|
|Arable land %||1,8||13,9|
|Affiliated players / total population %||3,39%||0,15%|
|Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations|