RWC 2019 statistically speaking: Sort players by caps, clubs and country

We’ve already had a look at whether or not experience even matters in a Rugby World Cup and how the cap distribution stacks up across all the quarterfinal teams.

But here’s something a little extra – and something for you to draw your own conclusions from.

RWC 2019 quarterfinal overview

  • There are approximately 9 105 caps going into the quarterfinal.
  • Distribution of the caps
    • 90 players (36%) have caps between 0-19
    • 72 players (29%) have caps between? 20-39
    • 29 players (12%) have caps between 40 – 59
    • 31 players (13%) have caps between 60-79
    • 17 players (7%) have caps between 80-99
    • Nine players(4%) have caps 100 or more


  • Have the highest number of caps in the quarterfinal, 1 512.
  • This is 17% of the total caps between all the players in the quarterfinal.
  • Most of their players have 20-39 caps.
  • The average caps in the Australian side are 49, that’s nearly 50 caps per player.
  • They also have the most players with 100 or more games at four.
    • Adam-Ashley Cooper
    • Will Genia
    • Rob Simmonds
    • Sekope Kepu
  • They are the most experienced team in the quarterfinal.


  • 1 143 caps?in total.
  • Approximately 35% (11 out of 31) of England’s 31 have fewer than 20 caps.
  • England have no player with 100 or more games.


  • Most inexperienced Tier 1 nation in the QFs.
  • Approximately 77% (24 out of 31) of their players have fewer than 40 caps.
  • Only one player with 80 or more games.


  • Ireland are led by Rory Best, their most capped player. With 123 caps, Best is the only player with 100 or more games in the Ireland side.
  • They go into the quarters as the third most experienced side.
  • They average 40 caps per player (slightly behind the All Blacks).
  • They have 14 of the 31 players in the 20-39 caps range, the most by any team in this bracket.
  • They are also tied with Australia (four), in the 80-99 bracket.


  • The most inexperienced side left standing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
  • Home ground advantage will come into play.
  • Fumiaki Tanaka is the most capped player in the squad with 74 caps.
  • Approximately 81% of the Japanese players have fewer than 40 caps, the most by any team.

New Zealand

  • The second most capped team in the QFs, 1 289.
  • Two players with 100 or more games, this is the second most. They are:
    • Sam Whitelock
    • Kieran Read
  • Quite evenly distributed across all the brackets in terms of caps.

South Africa

  • Only one centenary player, Tendai Mtawarira.
  • 1 069 caps in the squad, the injury to Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel left them just behind England (1 143) for total caps.
  • The Boks average 34 caps per player.
  • Lowest number of players (two) in the 60-79 bracket.


  • The squad averages 39 caps per player.
  • Total of 1 222 caps throughout the squad.
  • Wales have one player with 100 or more caps.
    • Alun Wyn Jones – 131.
    • He is the most capped player left at the Rugby World Cup.
  • The six players in the 60-79 bracket is the most by any team in this bracket.

RWC 2019: Players in the quarterfinals by the numbers

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