Including Wayne Barnes’ record, France’s winning run and Rassie Erasmus’ suspensions

The year in numbers for 2022 Credit: Alamy

With the help of stattos castoring in various dark, cobweb-covered underground data storage rooms around the world, Planet Rugby takes a look at the best – and worst – of 2022 expressed in digital form.

6 – The number of consecutive Tests in which Springbok flier Kurt-Lee Arendse has scored tries in 2022. The 26-year-old made his Test debut against Wales in Bloemfontein in July but failed to take the leap in this game. He went on to score tries against New Zealand, Argentina, Ireland, France, Italy (2) and England, meaning he joined illustrious company as he is the one of only three players to score tries in six consecutive Tests for South Africa along with Danie Gerber. and Chester Williams.

101 – That’s the number of tests England referee Wayne Barnes has refereed, which is a world record. Barnes equaled the record – set by former Wales referee Nigel Owens – when he took charge of the Wales v New Zealand game at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on November 5 and set a new mark when he was the man in the middle when France hosted Sud Afrique in Marseille on 12 November.

71 – England fly-half Marcus Smith’s points tally came in the Six Nations, making him this year’s Championship leading scorer, averaging 14.20 per game.

24 – This is the number of laps Leicester Tigers have spent top of the Premiership table in the 2021/22 season. This means they have become the first club to go through an entire campaign in the English top flight at the top of the table after every round. The Tigers then won their first Premiership title since 2013 when they beat Saracens in the final at Twickenham in June.

4 – The number of defeats New Zealand have recorded in 2022, their worst campaign since 2009. The All Blacks suffered back-to-back defeats in their series defeat at home to Ireland in July before South Africa overtook them bat in their opening match of the Rugby Championship in Mbombela. . They bounced back with a win over the Springboks in Johannesburg but were stunned by Argentina in Christchurch – the Pumas’ first-ever win on New Zealand soil. The Men in Black continued to improve as they won five of their next six Tests in 2022, the only blow being a draw with England in the Autumn Nations Series.

30 – It is the longest winning streak in international rugby in the world, established by the England women’s team between November 2019 and November 2022. By beating Wales 73-7 at Ashton Gate in September, they broke the previous record of 24 consecutive Test victories held by Cyprus. ‘ men’s team between 2008 and 2014. England’s winning streak came to an end when they suffered a 34-31 loss to New Zealand in the delayed 2021 Women’s World Cup Final at Eden Park in Auckland.

5 – It’s the number of tries New Zealand hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho has scored in this year’s Rugby League, earning him the tournament’s top try scorer finish.

48 – This is the number of days between the two suspensions of South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus that he served in 2022. Erasmus was first suspended from all rugby activity for two months at the end of 2021, after publishing a video in which he declaimed to match officials after the Springboks’ first Test against the British and Irish Lions. That ban ended on September 30, but he received another ban on November 17 when he criticized the referees’ refereeing after the Boks’ defeats to Ireland and France.

42,579 – This is the number of spectators who watched the Women’s Rugby World Cup final between the home side and eventual winners New Zealand and England at Eden Park. This number broke the world record for a women’s rugby match and for a standalone women’s sporting event in New Zealand.

36 – That’s how many games Italy lost in a row in the Six Nations before sealing a dramatic 22-21 victory over Wales in Cardiff in March. The Azzurri’s losing streak began in the 2015 tournament with their last victory on record when they beat Scotland 22-19 at Murrayfield in a third-round encounter that year.

35 – That’s how old Deon Fourie was in the Stormers back line when he made his international debut for South Africa as a substitute in their 12-11 loss to Wales in Bloemfontein in July. That makes him the oldest Springbok debutant and Fourie’s exact age was 35 years and 287 days, eclipsing Deon Lotter’s mark of 35 years and 265 days which was set against France in 1993.

31 – That’s the points difference when the Barbarians met England at Twickenham earlier this year as the famed tour side sealed a shock 52-21 victory. The number represents the Baa-baas’ biggest margin of victory over the Red Rose and surpassed the 20-point difference set in 2004.

ten – Represents the number of consecutive victories France have won in 2022 after winning their five Six Nations matches, two mid-year internationals against Japan and three Tests against Australia, South Africa and the Brave Blossoms at again during the Autumn Nations Series. It means the Blues have won all of their games this year and are currently on a 13-game winning streak dating back to 2021.

73 – This represents former England manager Eddie Jones’ winning percentage while in charge of the Red Rose from 2016 to this year. Jones was relieved of his duties as England ended their worst campaign since 2008, delivering a losing Test record for the first time since that year, with their 12 matches ending in six defeats, one draw and five victories.

25 – That’s how many years the Stormers had to wait before winning their first competitive trophy as a club. The Cape Town-based side was established in 1997 and after a 23-year stint in Super Rugby they were one of four South African clubs to compete in the inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) in the 2021 season. /2022. They beat rivals the Bulls 18-13 in the URC final to end their barren spell and win their first title.

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