The idea that one effect might cause the other is a joke. Nobody I know – and I’ve asked the only person I know who has played rugger in the last decade - has a convincing explanation for why the competition in rugger should be getting tighter. Indeed if that’s what the numbers indicate. So I invite comments, especially from people who know a hooker from a handsaw.
Monday 4 February 2013
More equality on the pitch
One lad put together a compendium of records about the Rugby Six Nations Contest, which is conveniently finite in extent – 2000 was the first year Italy upgraded it from Five Nations. So I was checking up on that, when I came across a summary of the points scored at each match, for each of the last 13 years . . . and a total for each year. These data seem to indicate that the average score in a rugger match is plunging. One of the other mini-projects was about world population growth (inexorably upwards) so I thought I’d do a mashup of these two trends. I couldn’t easily find an annual estimate of world population, but did find (www.cso.ie) a surrogate in the annual increase in the population of Ireland, which is conveniently similar in size to the audience/congregation at a rugby match in Lansdowne Road.