Our team of data scientists have crunched stats and figures from over 6,000 rugby matches played by 99 teams since 1995. Check out some of the insights they've derived from the top 20 teams.

Read more about how we've drawn these insights here. 

Win Rates
What are the average win rates?
Average Results
What are the average results, i.e. average points scored by and against each team?
Upsets: Wins & Losses
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 Upsets: Who caused the most
 The Ultimate
All Blacks
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Great insights on the All Blacks' performance over the past 20 years!
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Springboks
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Great insights on the Springboks' performance over the past 20 years!
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Wallabies
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 Australia Rugby Wallabies Statistics infographic

Below is an overview of the win rate for rugby's top 20 teams over the past 20 years. The table shows what percentage of matches played were won by the specified team.

Team Percentage of matches won # of matches played
New Zealand 84.38% 192
Australia  66.07% 168
South Africa 62.77% 231
England 61.40% 171
Georgia 60.71% 112
France 54.14% 181
Fiji 53.19% 94
Argentina 52.94% 153
Romania 51.97% 127
Samoa 51.52% 99
Ireland 50.88% 171
Namibia 50.77% 65
Japan 49.17% 120
Wales 47.90% 238
Uruguay 44.93% 138
Canada 43.80% 121
Scotland 40.88% 181
Tonga 37.84% 111
United States of America 32.54% 126
Italy 23.66% 186

 


 AVERAGE RESULTS

Our guys had a look at all match results and calculated the average points scored by each team specified and their opposing team, resulting as well in an average spread for all matches played by the team over the past 20 years.

Team Average points scored by the team Average points by the opposing team Average difference
New Zealand 36.9 15.8 21.6
Australia 28.9 18.6 10.4
England 28.5 19.2 9.4
South Africa 28.4 20.0 8.4
Argentina 29.7 23.0 6.7
Georgia 23.5 17.7 5.9
Japan 31.3 26.4 4.9
France 24.3 21.2 3.1
Ireland 23.4 20.9 2.5
Namibia 30.4 28.4 2.0
Wales 25.7 24.2 1.9
Romania 24.7 24.1 0.6
Fiji 25.6 26.9 -1.3
Uruguay 23.8 25.2 -1.4
Samoa 23.5 25.4 -1.9
Canada 23.0 26.0 -3.1
Scotland 20.3 23.5 -3.1
Tonga 24.4 28.5 -4.1
United States of America 22.3 29.6 -6.5
Italy 18.0 31.1 -13.0

 



UPSETS:
WINS AND LOSSES

On average, over the past 20 years, 20% of all matches played were considered upsets. An upset is defined as a win by a team ranking lower than the team beaten.

The table below shows how many of the matches played by each team were upsets. In the first example, 27% of all matches played by Ireland were upsets, i.e. a lower-ranking team beat them or they beat a higher-ranking team.

Team Percentage of matches that were upsets
Ireland 27%
Fiji 26%
France 26%
Tonga 26%
South Africa 25%
Namibia 25%
Japan 25%
Georgia 24%
Samoa 24%
Australia 23%
United States of America 23%
Canada 23%
Scotland 22%
England 22%
Argentina 20%
Wales 20%
Romania 17%
Uruguay 15%
Italy 14%
New Zealand 13%

 

UPSETS: WINS 

If we look at the winning teams causing the most upsets, we get the following table. Below we see, for example, that 54% of the matches won by the USA were upsets. So, hedge your bets when betting against these teams!

Team Percentage of wins that were upsets
United States of America 54%
Italy 52%
Scotland 39%
Tonga 31%
France 29%
Japan 25%
Fiji 24%
Argentina 22%
England 22%
Wales 21%
Canada 19%
Romania 17%
Ireland 16%
Namibia 15%
Uruguay 15%
South Africa 13%
Samoa 12%
Australia 12%
Georgia 10%
New Zealand 0%

 

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