An interesting example of the power of tradition.
Both have almost equivalent total populations, but Wales has 12 times the playing population from which to draw playing talent.
Wales has 2 percentage points higher ratio of Affiliated Players / Total Population.
So with a long tradition of playing the game, World Ranked 5 meets 19.
|GDP per Capita (USD 2005)||39808,69||7208,74|
|Arable land %||25,06||10,10|
|Affiliated players / total population %||2,37%||0,18%|
|Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations|