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332Number of tries scored during the tournament; New Zealand contributed 52, Georgia just one.

23Number of drop-goals scored during the tournament; England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson added eight.

+30,000,000Number of television viewers for the RWC Final between England and Australia. The number who watched it from behind the sofa is presently unknown.

US$85,000,000Estimated profits generated by the tournament, the most lucrative RWC yet.

+96,000Number of foreign fans who made the trip to Australia to attend the games – more than double the amount expected.

$35,000,000Money that the above rabble spent whilst enjoying Australian hospitality – that's a lot of beer!

16The number of players England managed to field during the game against Samoa. The eventual winners got their sums wrong and Dan Luger was brought onto the pitch as a replacement. No one actually came off and the wing made a tackle before being swiftly withdrawn. It turned out to be an expensive moment; England were fined $17,000 for the error.

1,837,547Total ticket sales for all 48 games.

82,957 Attendance at the Australia v England Final – a record for any Rugby World Cup match.

15,000Number of British drinking haunts that opened their doors at 7am on the morning of the Final.

37,000,000Number of pints drunk in England on day of the Final – 7m more than a normal Saturday.

$2,210,000England win bonus to be divided between the squad – $71,000 per man should it be split between the 31 players.

£25,000-$50,000Fetching price of the kangaroo leather boots Wilkinson wore against Australia should they be auctioned in 30 years time, according to auctioneers.

$8,500,000Wilkinson's new annual asking price – according to PR guru Max Clifford.

500-1A British bookmaker's pre-tournament odds that England would win the World Cup, and that Wilkinson would win top points scorer and December's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Two down, one to go…

6,000Calories consumed, per day, by each England player whilst on duty in Australia. The recommended daily intake for a fully grown male is 2,700.

52Former Australian cricketer David Boon's record for number of beers consumed on the flight between Sydney and London. A figure which still stands today, despite England star Mike Tindall's valiant attempt to steal a second Aussie title on the trip back home!

15Hours of each day that England video analyst Tony Biscombe is believed to have spent editing CD-ROMs of periods of play for the squad. Biscombe is the only man who returns to England the same colour as when he left.

0Number of English fans who found themselves on the wrong side of law whilst in Australia – let that be a lesson to their footballing compatriots ahead of Euro 2004.

By Andy Jackson

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