With fewer set pieces, a substantial reduction in kicks from hand and many more passes, Rugby World Cup 2011 saw a renewed emphasis on running Rugby.
This is highlighted in the IRB Game Analysis Unit’s comprehensive statistical report which details all the trends from Rugby’s showcase event and takes a closer look at how New Zealand lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time.
The report provides a detailed analysis of all 48 matches and the contrasting styles of the 20 participating teams and details how Rugby World Cup has evolved since 1995 and why Rugby World Cup 2011 was the most competitive tournament to date.
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Rugby World Cup 2011 highlights
In the most detailed Rugby World Cup statistical analysis ever, the report provides a detailed analysis of the performances of the teams in all aspects of play, including scoring, winning margins, impact of penalty goals on match results, rate of try conceding, source of tries, try locations, timing of tries and penalty goals, ball in play and possession, passing, rucks and mauls, kick-offs and restarts, lineouts, free kicks, penalties conceded, penalty options taken and cards.
The report also features a fascinating analysis of how the tournament has evolved since Rugby World Cup 1995 to become a Game of fewer set pieces and greater ball in play time. From a time when there were as many set pieces as breakdowns, there are now four times as many breakdowns as scrums and lineouts combined.
The comparison with 1995 shows: