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State of New Zealand Rugby
State of New Zealand Rugby
(some very interesting numbers)
11 Jun 2000
[RANT]

The following information is taken from the Sunday Star Times newspaper, June 11, 2000 pages 2 & 4.

They are very interesting & may provide an insight into New Zealand rugby. They also dispell a couple of myths about All Black & NZ rugby.

Firstly here are the latest IRB figures showing registered rugby players in all the different rugby playing nations.


Country

Players

1

England

541000

2

South Africa

308000

3

France

241200

4

Japan

146800

5

New Zealand

120800

6

Australia

111350

7

Ireland

64900

8

Argentina

55250

9

Fiji

55100

10

Wales

53520

11

Canada

47000

12

Scotland

43100

13

Italy

36600

14

United States

30200

15

Spain

14800

16

Samoa

14300

Hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmm....so why is it England & France haven't won a World Cup? Why don't South Africa thrash NZ consisently? Why have Australia caught up to NZ in rugby terms? Makes interesting reading doesn't it? We've got great depth in NZ rugby, but how much of that depth is down to superior coaching, training, attitudes etc etc. We certainly don't have an overwhelming player pool do we!

Some more interesting figures follow. Man NZ rugby is in the doldrums huh? All through the nineties we seem to have struggled to maintain our dominance. Or have we? Have we been that bad? Of course the 1998 season was the worst in All Black history. And last years World Cup failure was dismall...but have a look at these tables....

Comparing the Eras

Era

Played

Winning %

1903-1914

23

78.30%

1921-1939

36

58.30%

1946-1959

40

65.00%

1960-1969

42

83.40%

1970-1979

45

60.00%

1980-1989

57

78.90%

1990-1995

51

72.50%

1996-1999

41

75.60%



All Black test record in the 1990's


Played

Won

Drew

Lost

New Zealand

92

68 (73.9%)

2 (2.2%)

22 (23.9%)

Australia

95

70 (73.7%)

1 (1%)

24 (25.3%)

South Africa

82

54 (65.9%)

2 (2.4%)

26 (31.7%)

England

90

59 (65.6%)

3 (3.3%)

28 (31.1%)

France

113

73 (64.6%)

1 (0.9%)

39 (34.5%)



Since professionalism 1996-1999


Played

Won

Drew

Lost

New Zealand

41

31 (75.6%)

1 (2.4%)

9 (22%)

Australia

48

35 (72.9%)

1 (2.1%)

12 (25%)

South Africa

51

35 (68.6%)

0 (2.4%)

16 (31.4%)

France

47

30 (63.8%)

0 (3.3%)

17 (36.2%)

England

47

22 (53.7%)

3 (7.3%)

16 (39%)


New Zealand v the Best of the Rest in the 90's

New Zealand

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

v Australia

23

13

0

10

v South Africa

17

11

1

5

v England

8

6

1

1

v France

8

4

0

4

Australia

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

v South Africa

14

7

0

7

v England

8

6

1

1

v France

9

7

0

2

South Africa

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

v England

8

5

0

3

v France

9

6

1

2

Which ever way you look at it, the All Blacks in terms of winning percentages still managed to come out on top in the decade of the 90's. Its that fact that makes the 2 heartbreaking World Cup failures more damning! Being the form team in both competitions up until they lost is something that is kinda hard to take. What is significant though is Australia's emergence as the AB's main threat. Also of interest in the AB's poor record against France! A 50-50 record in the nineties. All the Southern Hemisphere nations have given England a pasting during that time, winning 17 & only losing 5 (3 by South Africa). Australia seemingly struggles to overcome South Africa wheras the AB's have domianted them since their comeback into the international fold. When comparing the era's the 2 worst for the AB's have come in the 1903-1914 & 1970-1979 (surprisingly) years.

I guess what AB fans have got to remember is since professional rugby came into being, our S12 franchises have dominated the S12 (WOO HOO Canterbury!) and the AB's have won 3 of the 4 Tri-Nations tournaments. Things ain't that bad!

So a few things proved (Australia's emergence) & a few myths killed in these statistical wonders! Enjoy!

by DH

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Such insightful journalism is hardly ever seen (on Rugbyheads at least!), give that man a Pulitzer..........or at least a Steinlager!
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