Rugby World Cup – NZ v. Japan

Tonight’s match at 8pm from Hamilton should be a statisticians dream. The weather though may be factor.

Previous stats:

  • New Zealand and Japan have played once before, with New Zealand winning 145-17 at Rugby World Cup 1995.
  • New Zealand’s 145 points in that match is the highest score in a RWC match.
  • New Zealand’s 128-point winning margin in that match is the second-biggest win in the RWC, second only to Australia’s 142-point win over Namibia in 2003, and is the All Blacks’ biggest Test win.
  • That match also produced RWC records for most points in a match by one player (45, Simon Culhane, NZL), most tries in a match by one player (six, Marc Ellis, NZL) and most conversions in a match by one player (20, Simon Culhane).
  • Hiroyuki Kajihara (two tries) and Keiji Hirose (two conversions and one penalty) are the only Japanese players to score points against New Zealand.
  • Ten All Blacks have scored points against Japan, six of them have scored at least 10 points, three have scored a hat-trick of tries.