RWC 2011: By the numbers

(Rugby News Service) Monday 24 October 2011
RWC 2011: By the numbers
France's Vincent Clerc was the joint top try-scorer with six at RWC 2011

AUCKLAND, 25 Oct. - A look at Rugby World Cup 2011 by the numbers.

9,171 - Days between Australian victories at Eden Park (6 September 1986 to 21 October 2011).

8,891 - Days between the first RWC Final, in 1987, when New Zealand beat France at Eden Park, and the RWC 2011 Final, which ended with the same result.

2,435 - Players to have taken the field in RWC history.

2,245 - Points scored at RWC 2011. The average of 46.8 points per match was the second-lowest behind only the 37.4 set at RWC 1991.

1,250 - Dan Carter's career Test points world record after he scored 21 points in his two RWC 2011 matches.

836 - Caps in the South Africa starting XV for their quarter-final against Australia - the most capped line-up in Test history.

594 - Players that took to the field during RWC 2011.

301 - Points scored by New Zealand at RWC 2011, 73 more than second-best Wales.

262 - Tries scored at RWC 2011. The average of 5.46 per match was the second lowest behind only the 4.6 at RWC 1991.

171 - Penalties scored at RWC 2011. The average of 3.56 per match was the lowest ever.

96 - New Zealand have scored at least one try in their past 96 Tests and in 102 of the 103 Tests coached by Graham Henry.

94 - Total points in the New Zealand v Canada Pool A match, the most in a RWC 2011 match. The All Blacks won 79-15.

92 - Points scored by Italy in their four pool matches, the most by a team that failed to make the quarter-finals.

87 - Points scored by South Africa in their pool match against Namibia, the highest score in a RWC 2011 match.

72 - Minutes Ireland trailed during their quarter-final loss to Wales, compared to the five minutes they spent behind in the whole of the pool phase at RWC 2011.

62 - Points scored by Morné Steyn at RWC 2011, more than any other player. The fewest points scored by a tournament top-scorer in RWC history.

59 - Second-half points scored by Wales against Namibia. The most points scored by a team in a half at RWC 2011.

41 - Tries scored by starting left wings at RWC 2011, the most of any position.

36 - Brad Thorn, at 36 years and 262 days, became the oldest player to take part in a RWC final. During the tournament Thorn also became the oldest All Black to play in a RWC, the oldest All Black to score points in a Test match, the second-oldest All Black ever and the third-oldest RWC try-scorer.

23 - Canada and Japan drew 23-23 in John Kirwan's 23rd Rugby World Cup match as a player or coach. Kirwan's 23 matches is a record which was equalled by England's Martin Johnson in their quarter-final loss against France.

21 - Players to have played 100 Test matches after All Blacks Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina and Wallaby Nathan Sharpe reached that milestone during RWC 2011.

20 - Match points scored by New Zealand in the pool phase of RWC 2011. They were the only team to win all four of their matches with a bonus point.

19 - George North, at 19 years and 166 days old, became the youngest RWC try scorer when he touched down against Namibia.

18 - Matches in Japan's record RWC winless streak.

17 - Starters in the Ireland v Wales quarter-final who toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

16 - RWC matches played at Eden Park (five in 1987 and 11 in 2011) which is more than any other venue.

15 - England's Lewis Moody and Jonny Wilkinson won their 15th RWC match when England beat Scotland. The competition record is 16 matches won by George Gregan and Jason Leonard.

14 - The record for most RWC matches refereed. Set by Alain Rolland in the RWC 2011 semi-final between Wales and France.

13 - Tries scored by New Zealand in their match against Japan, the most tries by a team in a RWC 2011 match.

12 - Place kicks attempted by USA (four conversions and eight penalties) at RWC 2011, the fewest of any team.

11 - Penalties kicked by Kurt Morath and Piri Weepu, the most of any players at RWC 2011.

10 - Number 10s, the starting fly halves, were the highest scoring players of RWC 2011, racking up 525 of the tournament's 2,245 points.

9 - Conversions kicked by James O'Connor against Russia and Colin Slade against Japan, the most by a player in a RWC 2011 match.

8 - New Zealand's score in the RWC 2011 Final was the lowest winning score in any RWC match.

7 - The record for most matches refereed at one RWC. Set by Craig Joubert in Sunday night's final.

6 - Tries scored by Chris Ashton and Vincent Clerc, which equals the record low for top try-scorers, set at RWC 1987 and RWC 1991.

5 - Fewest first-half points in a RWC Final. New Zealand led France 5-0 last night.

4 - Most tries scored by a player in a RWC 2011 match - Vereniki Goneva for Fiji against Namibia and Zac Guildford for New Zealand against Canada.

3 - Three of the four pool winners were knocked out of RWC 2011 in the quarter-finals, the most to lose at that stage in a RWC.

2 - Australia became the second team (joining New Zealand) to finish first, second, third and fourth at RWCs.

1 - The match between South Africa and Namibia was the first all-African RWC encounter. Also, the Pool A match between New Zealand and Japan was the first RWC encounter to feature a (Shaun) Webb and an (Andy) Ellis.

0 - Points scored by Namibia and Fiji in their pool matches against South Africa and Wales respectively.

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