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World Rankings released

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by SeaEagle9413, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. SeaEagle9413

    SeaEagle9413 Forward Pass

    +482 /63
    Sat 19 Dec, 2015, 9:40am
    RLIF Media, NRL.com


    The new World Rankings, issued by the Rugby League International Federation, have set up the 2016 international season perfectly.

    The Four Nations tournament, to be played in the UK next autumn, will offer England, Australia and New Zealand the opportunity of going in to the 2017 World Cup as the number one ranked nation, a position currently held by the Kiwis.

    Among the big movers are two nations who will compete in the 2016 World Cup Qualifiers – Europe; Spain who go up five places to 21 and the winners of European Championship B in 2015, Serbia, who now sit just outside the top ten.

    "Serbia's end of the year ranking tells a story of the seasons behind us," said SRL vice-president Nebojša Sretenović. "Our squads in 2015 have been almost exclusively drawn from our domestic competition and I congratulate our players and the coaching staff for their results against countries that played in the last World Cup.

    "The ranking gives us much motivation going into next year which will be our most important to date."

    Wales move up one place after winning the 2015 European Championship, as do Ireland, while Scandinavian nations Sweden and Denmark both move up two places.

    Jamaica also go up two places to 27th after excellent performances in the recent World Cup Qualifiers – Americas, when they narrowly lost to the USA and drew with Canada, who are much higher ranked. The USA stay in 10th place after their recent qualification for RLWC2017.

    "We are happy with our performances against the world number 10 and 13 ranked teams in the qualifiers," said JRL director of rugby Romeo Monteith. "We need an America's cup to move the sport forward in our region and all the nations, along with the RLIF, are working hard to provide a clear international calendar here."

    The other big movers in the rankings are Malta, who also move up five places.

    Full Rankings below and to keep up to date with the 2017 world cup visit www.rlwc2017.com

    1 (1) New Zealand
    2 (2) Australia
    3 (3) England
    4 (4) Samoa
    5 (5) France
    6 (7) Ireland
    7 (6) Fiji
    8 (9) Wales
    9 (8) Scotland
    10 (10) USA
    11 (14) Serbia
    12 (12) Italy
    13 (13) Canada
    14 (11) PNG
    15 (16) Russia
    16 (15) Tonga
    17 (18) Belgium
    18 (23) Malta
    19 (19) Germany
    20 (20) Lebanon
    21 (26) Spain
    22 (17) Cook Islands
    23 (22) Ukraine
    24 (24) Greece
    25 (27) Denmark
    26 (21) Norway
    27 (29) Jamaica
    28 (25) Netherlands
    29 (31) Sweden
    30 (30) Czech Republic
    31 (28) South Africa
    32 (32) Niue
    33 (33) Hungary
    34 (34) Latvia
    35 (35) Morocco

  2. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

    +10,513 /173
    It doesn't say so in the article but because of NZ's loss to the Poms, if Australia wins the 2016 Anzac Test then we regain top spot.

    Where the 2016 Anzac Test will be played is yet to be known (officially), but the 3 leading candidates are apparently:
    * nib Stadium (Perth)
    * Hunter Stadium
    * Canberra Stadium
  3. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,598 /80
    Can't believe the kumuls are so low on the rankings
  4. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    Of the 16 Anzac tests, 14 have been played in Australia.

    I wonder how Australia would be world ranked in the cricket if it had to play all its games on the subcontinent?
  5. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,619 /204
    well if PNG are 14th then the teams above them are decent
  6. NickRobbo1998

    NickRobbo1998 Generic_Tragic101

    +187 /20
    How are tongo so low? Wtf
  7. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,048 /174
    Full rankings or as it is really known, Qld origin feeder teams.
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