Latest Rugby League World Rankings Released


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
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