England come up trumps for highest number of RWC drop goals

Date published: October 5 2015

With the Rugby World Cup underway, the UK’s leading manufacturer of goals, posts and nets has revealed England tops the charts for the number of drop goals (20) scored throughout Rugby World Cup history.

To celebrate being the manufacturer of this year’s Rugby World Cup goal posts to all participating stadiums in England and Wales, Harrod UK has delved into the history of the sporting event since it began in 1987 and produced this interactive infographic to highlight key facts and figures.

Statistics include: the number of matches each country has played, their top scorer, the number of tries, points, conversions and penalties they have achieved.

Les Saunders, Sales and Marketing Director, from Harrod UK, comments: "We had the privilege of supplying the posts for the New Zealand Rugby World Cup in 2011 and are delighted to be involved once again. Aside from supplying the posts we also support participating grounds to facilitate the Rugby tournament successfully – some of which have to transform from a football pitch.

"We created this infographic to give fans the opportunity to easily access vital statistics about their country or team of choice. I’m positive it will help fuel friendly debate and speculation about this year’s potential winners and losers."

The results of the infographic also reveal England has scored the highest number of penalties (121) in comparison to other participating countries. In addition the team came in third for the highest number of matches played (40) and the number of tries (126).

Les continues: "It’s not surprising to see Jonny Wilkinson is England’s top scorer after achieving 277 points from his 19 appearances since the Rugby World Cup began. Will history repeat itself this year with England drop kicking their way to victory in the Grand Final, just like in 2003? I do hope so, especially given we have manufactured the posts!"

England graphic