2009 in numbers

Date published: December 31 2009

In a year that saw plenty of records, we couldn't resist hauling out the calculators and punching through some interesting figures from 2009.

Numbers are like marmite, you either love it or hate it. But in a year that saw attendance records, bans, victories and defeats reach an all-time high (or low)… we couldn't resist hauling out the calculators and punching through some interesting figures from 2009.

We at Planet Rugby hope the number 2010 brings our readers much prosperity and that you will still put rugby first during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa!

Thanks for the support, and see you next year.

0 – Number of wins chalked up by Italy in the Six Nations.
1 – Number of wins recorded by Australia in the Tri-Nations.
2 – Number of times Richie McCaw has won IRB Player of the Year (only player to have won the coveted award twice).
3 – Number of years Dean Richards is banned from coaching in Europe for his role in the Harlequins fake blood injury controversy.
4 – The consecutive amount of times Wellington have now lost in an Air New Zealand Cup final (2006 to Waikato, 2007 to Auckland, 2008 and 2009 to Canterbury).
5 – The final points difference between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions (26-21) in the first Test in Durban, after the Boks had led 26-7 after 50 minutes.
6 – The number of yellow cards flashed to England in the Six Nations (an hour of rugby with fourteen players).
7 – Number of line breaks made by the British and Irish Lions in the third Test in Johannesburg (won 28-9 by the tourists).
8 – Number of tries the Bulls scored against the Chiefs in the Super 14 final.
9 – Highest number of tries scored by a player in the Super 14 (Ma'a Nonu, Hurricanes).
10 – The number of times Clermont have now lost in a Top 14 final following their defeat to Perpignan.
10 – Number of games Saracens went unbeaten in the Guinness Premiership this season.
11 – Number of defeats by the Cheetahs in the Super 14.
12 – Total number of tries scored by Free State Cheetahs winger Jongi Nokwe in the Currie Cup (most in the 2009 competition).
12 – Number of bonus points bagged by the Blues in the Super 14.
13 – Hawke's Bay winger Zac Guildford's try tally in the Air New Zealand Cup.
13 – Number of games the Boland Cavaliers and Leopards lost in the Currie Cup (both teams won just one match – against each other!)
21 – The number of tries conceded by Italy in the Six Nations.
23 – Number of times the Blue Bulls have now won the Currie Cup title.
24 РNumber weeks Stade Fran̤ais scrum-half Julien Dupuy has been banned for gouging Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris during the Heineken Cup.
35 – The age of Simon Shaw when selected for the British and Irish Lions' second Test against South Africa.
38 – The percentage of successful conversions made by Wales in the Six Nations (3 out of 8).
39 – Percentage of non-French players plying their trade on French soil.
51 – The number of points scored by Ireland pivot Ronan O' Gara in the Six Nations (the highest in this year's tournament).
53 – The number of metres covered by Morne Steyn's last-minute penalty kick in Pretoria to win the British and Irish Lions series for South Africa.
56 – The number of tries scored in the Six Nations (England bagged the most with sixteen).
61 – The number of years it took Ireland to secure another Six Nations Grand Slam after Jack Kyle's team of '48.
62 – The number of yellow cards shown in the Super 14.
151 – Number of points scored by Naas Olivier for Griquas in the Currie Cup (leading points-scorer in the 2009 tournament).
189 – The number of points scored by Bulls fly-half Morne Steyn (leading points-scorer) in the Super 14 with one try, 32 conversion, 29 penalties, 11 drop-goals.
506 – The number of tries scored in this year's Super 14 (average 5.5 per match).
1918.84 РNumber of kilometres Ulster traveled in their trip from Belfast to Brussels and Paris before facing Stade Fran̤ais in Paris and then back to Belfast.
2422 – Number of minutes on the field racked up by hooker Bismarck du Plessis for the Boks and Sharks this year.
82,208 – The official attendance for the Heineken Cup semi-final clash between Munster and Leinster at Croke Park (a world record for a club match).
945,000 – The number of viewers in Ireland who watched their country win the Six Nations on TV (the highest rating television programme in the country by that stage of 2009).
3,000,000 – The number of Rands former Blue Bulls winger Bryan Habana will be paid by Western Province a year – a new SA benchmark.