Ireland is resting a number of front-liners, so the headline gap in world rankings may be less relevant later today at Wembley (Ireland 5 vs Romania 17).
Ireland has a much smaller population than Romania, but almost 13 times the playing pool to draw on.
One unique feature: Romania has the highest proportion of arable land mass of any country in RWC 2015 (recall, in general, the close association historically between rugby and agriculture).
|GDP per Capita||47539,40||5793,43|
|Arable land %||15,42||39,08|
|World Ranking (pre-RWC 2015)||6||17|
|World Ranking (current)||5||17|
|Affiliated players / total population %||1,54%||0,04%|
|Sources: World Bank, World Rugby, own calculations|
|Note: GDP per capita shown in constant 2005 USD.
Population definition is geographic.