Welsh rugby tradition vs Uruguayan adventure

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.

Wales Uruguay
GDP per Capita (USD 2005) 39808,69 7208,74
Population (mms) 3,10 3,38
Arable land % 25,06 10,10
Registered players 73444 6069
World Ranking 5 19
Affiliated players / total population % 2,37% 0,18%
Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations

Published by

Empirical Rugby

Empirical Rugby is a blog that provides fundmental insight into rugby union using empirical analysis of rugby data.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s