Springboks vs Samoa

Interesting contrasts as RSA (now ranked 7) play Samoa (now ranked 11).

RSA dominate the Registered Player numbers with 16 times as Samoa; but Samoa has the second highest ratio of Registered Players / Total Population in RWC 2015 at circa 11.1%.

Note: the population of Samoa is 190k inhabitants, the second lowest in RWC to Tonga.

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South Africa Samoa
GDP per Capita 6010,41 2752,12
Population (mms) 51,55 0,19
Arable land % 9,92 2,83
Registered players 342316 20845
World Ranking (pre-RWC 2015) 3 12
World Ranking (current) 7 11
Affiliated players / total population % 0,66% 11,12%
Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations
Note: GDP per capita in constant 2005 USD

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