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Countries with Most Rugby Players per Capita

Name the countries with the most rugby union players per capita
Countries in blue have fewer than 1,000,000 inhabitants
Source: World Rugby, 2016
Quiz by Gassu
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Last updated: November 11, 2019
First submittedOctober 7, 2019
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per 1000 people
Country
582
Tonga
216
Fiji
60
Samoa
44
Malta
37
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
31
New Zealand
29
Ireland (All-Ireland)
26
Australia
25
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
21
Solomon Islands
19
Eswatini
18
Andorra
per 1000 people
Country
17
Monaco
9.5
France
9.4
Uruguay
8.0
South Africa
6.1
Luxembourg
5.5
Botswana
5.2
Singapore
4.9
Namibia
4.7
Portugal
4.6
United States
4.2
Canada
4.1
Sri Lanka
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Nov 11, 2019
The numbers for Tonga and Fiji don't seem quite believable...
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level 74
Nov 11, 2019
I think they put the semi in semi-pro.
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level 80
Nov 11, 2019
The source talks about people getting into rugby and registering. It would seem these numbers include anyone in any kind of registered league, professional or otherwise. This makes sense of the numbers a little, for example 0.5% of Americans you meet are not professional rugby players.
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level 70
Nov 12, 2019
watching Fiji in the World Cup (through your fingers if you're a Welsh fan) that figure is very believable. They are astonishing players.
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level 68
Nov 12, 2019
I have seen them in their own country playing during a force 11 storm with the pitch mostly underwater. I can believe it.
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level 72
Nov 11, 2019
I'm a bit surprised that Georgia, with a small population but which still qualified for the last Rugby World Cup, isn't here.
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level 73
Nov 11, 2019
The country of Georgia has 12,551 rugby players, divided by its population of 3,723,500, that equals 3.37 rugby players per 1,000 Georgians.
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level 72
Nov 11, 2019
Time to update to Eswatini?
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level 82
Nov 11, 2019
Eswatini, not Swaziland?
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level 73
Nov 11, 2019
Thanks, the quiz has been updated!
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level 75
Nov 11, 2019
Quite surprised, I was expecting Italy and Argentina, given their close history with that sport.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2019
They're way way more obsessed with football but they're big enough countries that a small percentage of rugby players still means a big pool.
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level 62
Nov 12, 2019
You're right MisterBrick Professional rugby is popular in Argentina, that's the problem with these stats. The numbers would mostly be school grade sports. That's why USA has 1.5 million rugby players, and almost no International recognition. You could also compare USA and Brazil for football. According to FIFA the US has a higher per capita player rate.
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level 77
Nov 12, 2019
Missed Uruguay, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Andorra.
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