We take a look at the age, size and experience of the teams and individuals at the Rugby World Cup, pulling out the most interesting facts…
1.The All Blacks are by far the most experienced team
With an average of 48 caps per player, the All Blacks are more experienced by 6 caps PER PLAYER than the next highest team the Springboks (42 caps per player).
2.Samoa are the least experienced side
With an average of just 15 caps per player, Samoa are the least experienced side at the tournament. The only other sides with less than 20 caps per player are USA (18) & Namibia (17).
3.Despite this, Samoa are the second oldest team at the World Cup
With an average squad age of 29, Samoa are only marginally less experienced than Tonga whose average age is 29.4.
4.England are the youngest side at the tournament
Hosts England have an average age of just 26.2, closely followed by Wales, Uruguay, Georgia and Namibia who all have an average age of 26.3
5.Wales are by far the heaviest pack
Wales are the only pack with an average weight over 18 stone (18st 2lbs). They are followed by Australia, England and South Africa who all average 17st 13lbs.
6.The Canadian pack are on average eight stone lighter than the Welsh pack
With an average weight of ‘just’ 17st 2lbs, the Canadian pack are the lightest at the tournament, with the next lightest being Japan and Namibia (17st 4lbs).
7.The heaviest player is half a stone heavier than anyone else
At 22st 9lbs French prop Uini Atonio is a full half stone heavier than the next biggest lad Charlie Faumuina.
8.There are four players who are 6’9”+
Luke Charteris, Lood de Jager, Richie Gray are all 6’9”, whilst Luke Charteris is a monstrous 6’10”.
9.There are only two squads with an average height of less than 6 foot
Both Uruguay and Japan’s average squad height is just 5’11”, whilst there are nine different teams with an average squad height of 6’2”.