That's 19 more Cup players than the top two divisions in England can manage, clearly indicating the high quality available in the three-nation Celtic competition.
The only side in the 12-strong Celtic League who will not be missing any players during the World Cup are Connacht, while the Gwent Dragons will be missing only two players in Scottish No 8 Ross Beattie and Canadian prop Rod Snow.
The French leagues will be worst hit of all the northern hemisphere tournaments with no fewer than 94 players from 13 nations heading Down Under. As well as 29 players from the French squad, there are 20 Georgians, 15 Romanians and 13 Argentinians who ply their trade in France.The top two divisions in England will also lose players to nine other nations other than their own. In addition to the 29 English players going to Oz, 11 of the Scottish squad play south of the border. Four of the USA squad have a home in England, along with three Canadians, two Tongans and two Argentinians. In total, 60 players from English league clubs will be turning out in the World Cup.