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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby 4N » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 14:50

Samoa is a small country of 115k, there's only so many genetic outliers you can have over the course of a generation.


Yet smaller American Samoa regularly produces NFL players.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby Figaro » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 14:59

Doesn't seem to have stopped them in the past, and Tonga's even smaller.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby RugbyLiebe » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 15:46

4N wrote:
Samoa is a small country of 115k, there's only so many genetic outliers you can have over the course of a generation.


Yet smaller American Samoa regularly produces NFL players.


That was actually a funny part of the RWC2015 statistic. There was actually one more guy born in American Samoa playing for other countries (= not the USA, two were playing for the USA).

Might be just very random, as one more guy means exactly one guy ;-), Jerome Kaino who moved to NZ at the age of 7, but still interesting.
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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby TheStroBro » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 16:18

4N wrote:
Samoa is a small country of 115k, there's only so many genetic outliers you can have over the course of a generation.


Yet smaller American Samoa regularly produces NFL players.


There are more People of Samoan and American Samoan Descent in the US than there are in either locale. And probably the same with Tonga.

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Re: Samoa Rugby

Postby 4N » Mon, 11 Dec 2017, 16:36

Yes I know that. Local American Samoan high schools have produced like 15 NFL players in the last 10 years. I don't have the exact number but it's something like that. From a population of 55k.

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