John Birch points out some inaccuracies in this Guest post here.
from Rugby Girl:
The IRB has reported that Women’s Rugby is presently being played in over 80 countries with the leading countries registered players being.
Putting this into perspective, the total number of female rugby players in the world only amounts to around 4% of the total world’s rugby players, with the top 25 countries female rugby players being less than 7% of the England male rugby players.
In New Zealand 68% of female rugby players or 7800 are aged 12 years or under, 25% or 3000 between age 13 and 20, with only 900 or 7% over 20.
Other interesting statistics are Sri Lanks has 6300 or 80% more girls 12 or under than New Zealand,India has 1800 or 60% more 13 to 20 year old than New Zealand, Australia has 800 or 88% more over 20 year olds. England has less than half the 12 year old or under players but nearly 6 times the over 20 players New Zealand has whilst USA has nearly 3 times the teenage players and 13 times the over 20 players of New Zealand
With Seven’s Rugby becoming an Olympic sport from 2016 on the grounds that rugby was a sport played by both Men and Women, it will be interesting to see how these female playing numbers increase in the next 5 years, plus to see in New Zealand whether there is a significant change in the player age group breakdown.
Semi related, but not really? Not sure where else to put it though!