Japan’s rugby World Cup champion Springboks continue to rule the stats.

With two consecutive Rugby World Cup victories, the Springboks have further demonstrated their superiority as they lead Japan Rugby League One in crucial metrics.

An All Black joins the pair as one of the league’s top scorers as it continues to expand.

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With the ball in hand, Saitama Wild Knights’ strong running veteran Damian de Allende leads the way. According to Opta, he has the league’s highest proportion of dominant carries (a ludicrous 63.6%).

Fans of the Springboks, who have watched the center bully his way up the midfield since 2014, might not be surprised.

Remarkably, De Allende’s percentage was higher than that of Ardie Savea, the current World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year (61.3%), who is well-known for his carrying prowess.

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Franco Mostert, the three-lung endurance freak, is once again clearly leading the way in tackle totals this season with a total of 179, which comes as no surprise. The Brave Blossoms captain Kazuki Himeno (166) is the closest player with a total of 13, surpassing the Honda Heat star.

The South African’s extremely high tackle total indicates that, even after winning his second World Cup last year—during which he recorded an absurd 49 tackles during the tournament’s final stages—Mostert has not let off. The fact that the towering forward didn’t miss one during that time made it much more sweet.

Jacques Neinaber and Rassie Erasmus explain why the Springboks adopted a different strategy and made things “tougher” for France.

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Richie Mo’unga, a key player for Toshiba Brave Lupus, was regarded by All Blacks head coach Scott Robertson as the best player in New Zealand 10 earlier in the season, and the statistics support his claims. With an astounding 13 assists, the talented playmaker is in the lead, two more than the next closest player.

Long-lasting discussions concerning the All Blacks selection policy—which excludes players based outside from consideration—have been sparked by individuals like Mo’unga. The coach has, meanwhile, urged keeping an open mind on the subject and not making any firm announcements yet.

Right now, Damian McKenzie is the favorite to don the All Blacks jersey this year. However, veteran Beauden Barrett might be chosen once he returns from Toyota Verblitz in Japan in the midst of the campaign.

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