To visualise this in a more definitive way I have remix the data into a more easy to compare format and while I was at it I added in the populations of the countries in question to see what proportion of the population are playing rugby. Also, have a look at the 6 Nation, former Tri-Nations countries and World Cup winners. Remember this is 2011 player number data, if anyone can point me to more uptodate data from the IRB data that would be great. Let me know what you think!
Wow sometimes charts and graphs like this do make you think !? pic.twitter.com/QLBB6wXBfN. -- would love to see the football equivalent
— Sir Clive Woodward (@CliveWoodward) February 26, 2014
Then see Part 2 here, how many players does it take to win a world cup?