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2016: The rugby year in figures

Some 96* national teams played 51 tests and 664 sevens internationals in 2016. 

French Guiana - the only sevens team with a 100% record for 2015 and 2016!

Looking back on the past 12 months we’ve seen over 100 teams and in excess of 1,000 women play international rugby this year – a remarkable number that is, if anything, slightly down in 2015 as there were fewer sevens matches, but more tests.

We thought it might be interesting to look at who the most successful teams have been. Needless to say, the rankings are heavily influenced by who each team’s opponents are, but performances like going two years unbeaten for two years (the test teams of New Zealand and Japan, and French Guiana’s sevens players) perhaps deserves recognition.

Women’s test rugby in 2016

There were 51 tests this year – up from 35 last year – and for the second year running New Zealand and Japan went through the year unbeaten, but this year Spain and Germany (on their return to test rugby) joined them at the top of the table with 100% records. England again played more tests than anyone else, and improved from winning five out of ten games in 2015 to nine from 12 in 2016.

Papua New Guinea played their first test, becoming the 62nd national team to play test rugby, and the first new team since Namibia and Botswana played the first (and still only) test in 2013.

The biggest win of the year was Spain’s 97-0 win against the Czech Republic, while two games were won by just two points – Wales v France (10-8) and Ireland v England (10-12). Overall nearly a quarter of tests were won by a seven points or less.

Rank

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

%

1

New Zealand

5

5

0

0

179

44

100.00%

1

Spain

5

5

0

0

232

22

100.00%

1

Japan

4

4

0

0

144

14

100.00%

1

Germany

1

1

0

0

36

0

100.00%

5

England

12

9

0

3

264

187

75.00%

6

Canada

6

4

0

2

178

98

66.67%

6

Netherlands

3

2

0

1

84

51

66.67%

6

Russia

3

2

0

1

142

27

66.67%

9

France

11

7

0

4

220

113

63.64%

10

Wales

5

3

0

2

65

71

60.00%

11

Hong Kong

5

2

0

3

99

103

40.00%

12

Ireland

8

3

0

5

120

144

37.50%

13

Belgium

3

1

0

2

25

155

33.33%

13

Fiji

3

1

0

2

44

110

33.33%

15

Switzerland

4

1

0

3

24

154

25.00%

16

Italy

5

1

0

4

54

108

20.00%

17

Scotland

7

0

0

7

43

167

0.00%

17

United States

5

0

0

5

47

158

0.00%

17

Czech Republic

3

0

0

3

17

141

0.00%

17

Australia

2

0

0

2

6

96

0.00%

17

Papua New Guinea

1

0

0

1

10

37

0.00%

17

Singapore

1

0

0

1

7

40

0.00%

International Sevens in 2016

In a fresh example of how big and widely played women’s sevens is, in 2016 there were 664 internationals (slightly down from the 723 in 2015) played by 103 international teams (up from 96 in 2015) from (if the ‘B’ and combined teams - such as Great Britain-  are discounted) 95 countries*, Overall 104 counties have fielded a national team in the past two years, but half of the games were played by just 20 teams..

Teams like Australia and Canada tend to make the sevens headlines, but just one team has a 100% record for the past two years, and that is… French Guiana. Australia run them close with a remarkable 73 wins from 85 starts in the past two years. New Zealand have been remarkably consistent, with the Ferns winning 30 wins from 36 games in both 2015 and 2016, and England have been similarly consistent, winning exactly two thirds of their games in each year. At the other end of the table, every team that played in both 2015 and 2016 tasted victory at least once, 

The biggest win of the year saw India beat Indonesia 71-0 and curiously - as with this year's tests - just under a quarter of games (158) were decided by sevens points or less. 

Rank

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

%

1

Canada ‘B’

6

6

0

0

287

0

100.00%

1

Latvia

6

6

0

0

168

21

100.00%

1

French Guiana

4

4

0

0

105

10

100.00%

4

Sweden

12

11

0

1

293

61

91.67%

5

Australia

42

37

1

4

1135

287

89.29%

6

New Zealand

36

30

0

6

915

279

83.33%

6

Poland

12

10

0

2

269

125

83.33%

6

Malta

6

5

0

1

168

39

83.33%

9

Costa Rica

9

7

0

2

201

70

77.78%

10

Scotland

12

9

0

3

230

136

75.00%

10

Guatemala

4

3

0

1

48

58

75.00%

10

Philippines

4

3

0

1

77

19

75.00%

13

China

27

20

0

7

665

200

74.07%

14

Canada

36

26

0

10

752

393

72.22%

14

Great Britain

18

13

0

5

444

175

72.22%

16

England

30

20

0

10

636

395

66.67%

16

Argentina

18

12

0

6

299

286

66.67%

16

Austria

6

4

0

2

105

73

66.67%

16

France ‘B’

6

4

0

2

90

43

66.67%

16

Georgia

6

4

0

2

91

56

66.67%

16

Guyana

6

4

0

2

67

49

66.67%

16

Jamaica

6

4

0

2

75

86

66.67%

16

Luxembourg

6

4

0

2

125

94

66.67%

16

Papua New Guinea

6

4

0

2

116

106

66.67%

16

Slovakia

6

4

0

2

162

43

66.67%

16

Turkey

6

4

0

2

153

34

66.67%

27

South Africa

17

11

0

6

301

221

64.71%

28

France

48

30

0

18

962

607

62.50%

29

Russia

46

27

0

19

986

602

58.70%

30

Germany

12

7

0

5

209

112

58.33%

30

Great Britain ‘B’

12

7

0

5

245

139

58.33%

30

Kazakhstan

12

7

0

5

175

120

58.33%

30

Romania

12

7

0

5

124

123

58.33%

34

Italy

10

5

1

4

135

128

55.00%

35

Cook Islands

12

6

1

5

199

167

54.17%

36

Hong Kong

27

14

1

12

455

291

53.70%

37

Singapore

19

10

0

9

208

320

52.63%

38

Thailand

25

13

0

12

403

408

52.00%

39

USA

35

17

1

17

521

493

50.00%

39

Hungary

12

6

0

6

174

166

50.00%

39

Switzerland

12

6

0

6

205

243

50.00%

39

Andorra

6

3

0

3

88

85

50.00%

39

Cayman Islands

6

3

0

3

55

83

50.00%

39

Paraguay

6

3

0

3

51

100

50.00%

39

Slovenia

6

3

0

3

76

71

50.00%

39

Guadeloupe

4

2

0

2

63

43

50.00%

39

Martinique

4

2

0

2

44

66

50.00%

48

Spain

51

24

0

27

694

867

47.06%

49

South Korea

15

7

0

8

292

219

46.67%

50

Japan

46

21

0

25

823

772

45.65%

51

Peru

11

5

0

6

183

191

45.45%

52

Fiji

41

18

1

22

676

655

45.12%

53

Tunisia

9

4

0

5

109

159

44.44%

54

Ireland

43

18

2

23

570

670

44.19%

55

Trinidad & Tobago

16

7

0

9

232

244

43.75%

56

Guam

15

6

1

8

284

271

43.33%

57

Netherlands

12

5

0

7

152

178

41.67%

58

Mexico

11

4

1

6

97

176

40.91%

58

Venezuela

11

4

1

6

114

168

40.91%

60

Brazil

27

11

0

16

458

471

40.74%

61

Madagascar

10

4

0

6

101

190

40.00%

61

Uganda

5

2

0

3

49

111

40.00%

63

Samoa

11

4

0

7

154

258

36.36%

63

Zimbabwe

11

4

0

7

135

247

36.36%

65

Kenya

20

7

0

13

260

398

35.00%

65

India

10

3

1

6

163

213

35.00%

67

Bahamas

6

2

0

4

36

88

33.33%

67

Bosnia& Herzegovina

6

2

0

4

50

164

33.33%

67

Bulgaria

6

2

0

4

51

114

33.33%

67

Croatia

6

2

0

4

71

82

33.33%

67

Lithuania

6

2

0

4

64

119

33.33%

67

Montenegro

6

2

0

4

66

120

33.33%

67

Laos

3

1

0

2

42

62

33.33%

74

Czech Republic

11

3

1

7

112

136

31.82%

75

Portugal

16

5

0

11

217

340

31.25%

76

Moldova

10

3

0

7

77

157

30.00%

77

Sri Lanka

15

4

0

11

162

289

26.67%

78

Colombia

16

4

0

12

157

406

25.00%

78

Norway

10

2

1

7

106

166

25.00%

78

El Salvador

4

1

0

3

46

88

25.00%

78

Malaysia

4

1

0

3

43

65

25.00%

78

Senegal

4

1

0

3

29

85

25.00%

83

Panama

9

2

0

7

88

191

22.22%

84

Nepal

5

1

0

4

20

146

20.00%

85

Belgium

11

2

0

9

109

238

18.18%

85

Israel

11

2

0

9

73

241

18.18%

87

Bermuda

6

1

0

5

19

138

16.67%

87

Chile

6

1

0

5

17

143

16.67%

87

Serbia

6

1

0

5

19

190

16.67%

87

Tonga

6

1

0

5

33

155

16.67%

87

Uruguay

6

1

0

5

49

139

16.67%

92

Denmark

10

1

0

9

79

285

10.00%

92

Finland

10

1

0

9

38

335

10.00%

92

Ukraine

10

1

0

9

93

297

10.00%

95

Uzbekistan

10

0

0

10

0

412

0.00%

95

Indonesia

7

0

0

7

0

325

0.00%

95

Balkan Select

6

0

0

6

25

177

0.00%

95

Solomon Islands

6

0

0

6

0

284

0.00%

95

Costa Rica ‘B’

4

0

0

4

0

155

0.00%

95

Domincan Republic

4

0

0

4

5

76

0.00%

95

Guadeloupe ‘B’

4

0

0

4

12

105

0.00%

95

Namibia

4

0

0

4

7

107

0.00%

95

Turks & Caicos Islands

4

0

0

4

5

117

0.00%


*If you are wondering, Wales played test rugby in 2016 but not sevens - hence 96 countries played international rugby, but only 95 played international sevens.