In Numbers: Rugby World Cup Pool Play

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Australia won two games by a combined five points to secure their place while first time qualifiers Italy, Wales and USA will be seeking upsets of their higher ranked opponents.

The round robin phase of the tournament has been attended by a record number of spectators and provided a bundle of interesting talking points.


Tries: 130

Conversions: 62

Penalties: 14

Points: 816

The Black Ferns scored 26 tries in the round robin, only England scored more with 28.

Canadian hooker Emily Tuttosi is the top try scorer at the tournament with six. Black Ferns wing Porta Woodman is next with five.

The Black Ferns head the tournament in runs (475) and offloads (59). The Black Ferns finished 14 offloads ahead of Fiji with England only making 25 in three games.

Fiji’s Sesenieli Donu has the most individual offloads with 12 followed by Black Fern Ruahei Demant with 10.

England and New Zealand made the same number of clean breaks with 32.

Scotland made the most tackles in the tournament with 597 followed by Wales with 563. New Zealand made 330 (10th) and England 295 (12th).

The Black Ferns have won 10 World Cup Tests in a row stretching back to a 14-17 loss to Ireland in 2014.

Wayne Smith has won nine matches in a row as Black Ferns coach. Jed Rowlands won 15 Tests in a row between 2003 and 2006. His last match was the 2006 World Cup final, won 25-17 against England in Edmonton in 2006.

Black Ferns Assistant Coach Wes Clarke will be involved in his 40th Black Ferns Test in the quarterfinal against Wales on Saturday. He helped the Black Ferns win the World Cup in 2017 and has been involved in 33 Test wins. 

The Black Ferns have scored 40 or more points in 23 of their 35 World Cup Tests.

Ruahei Demant has captained the Black Ferns to eight consecutive Test victories which ranks her third on the all-time list for most wins as a Black Ferns Test captain. Farah Palmer 29 and Fiao’o Fa'amausili each won 29 Tests.

The Black Ferns have kicked the ball 29 times the whole tournament, England and France kicked the ball 64 times alone in their match on October 15.

Black Ferns Leaders 

Most Carries

vs Australia: Ruby Tui, 13

vs Wales: Ruahei Demant, 20

vs Scotland: Amy Rule/Mia Ross, 16

Overall: Maia Ross, 32

Most Metres Run

vs Australia: Ruby Tui, 165

vs Wales: Portia Woodman, 175

vs Scotland: Renee Wickliffe, 176

Overall: Portia Woodman, 253

Most Tackles

vs Australia: Chelsea Bremner, 15

vs Wales: Mia Ross, 9

vs Scotland: Mia Ross, 10

Overall: Sarah Hirini, 26


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