As the Rugby World Cup progresses, we are exposed to all sort of team and player statistics – tackles made, tackles missed, ball carries, territory, conversions, penalty counts, turnovers conceded, scrums lost, the list goes on and on!
We thought it would be interesting to throw some weight statistics into the mix. So here are some fun facts about this year’s Rugby World Cup squads and players that we thought you would enjoy!
- Tonga’s pack comes in at the heaviest, with their average forward weighing a whopping 117.64 kg. By contrast, the smallest front 8 in the competition – Namibia, are on average over 13kg lighter than the Tongan’s at 104.60 kg.
- The average member of an international rugby team’s forward pack weighs 112.56 Kg – which is over 50 Kg heavier than the average human (62Kg)!
- The heaviest player of all the World cup squads is France’s tight head prop Uini Atonio, who weighs 90kg more than the average human at a staggering 152 kg.
- The lightest forward in the competition is Namibia’s Max Katjijeko, who weighs a relatively small 86 kg (which is quite scary considering he may find himself trying to tackle a 152Kg French player!)
The top 20 heaviest players taking part in the Rugby World Cup are as follows:
Thank you to WW Australia for providing us with these interesting facts!
We hope you enjoy the upcoming matches.