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    IRB World Rankings 16.11.09

    All Blacks regain number one spot in rankings

    (IRB.COM) Monday 16 November 2009

    New Zealand have returned to the top of the IRB World Rankings following a weekend of internationals which saw numerous changes to the Top 10 with only Australia remaining static in third place.

    The All Blacks did not improve their own rating with a 20-6 victory over Italy at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, but regain the place they lost in July as a result of South Africa suffering a 20-13 loss to France in Toulouse.

    New Zealand now have a 0.55 point advantage over the side that beat them three times in the Tri Nations with the Wallabies more than four points adrift of South Africa after a 20-20 draw with Ireland in Dublin.

    Despite seeing victory snatched from their grasp by Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll's last minute try at Croke Park on Sunday, Australia increase their rating points by seven hundredths to 85.63.

    The draw though means Ireland have lost their mantle as the leading northern hemisphere nation with France assuming fourth place, albeit by mere thousandths with both sitting on 83.20 points.

    England's 16-9 victory over Argentina sees them climb two places to sixth with the Pumas and Wales - the 17-13 conquerors of Samoa on Friday - both slipping one as a result.

    Only a tenth now separates Wales and Argentina ahead of their meeting in Cardiff this weekend. Wales still have a cushion of more than four points over Scotland, who swap places with Fiji after beating the islanders 23-10 at Murrayfield.

    New high for Japan

    There are also two further changes in the Top 20 of the IRB World Rankings with Japan and USA both climbing one place after victories over Canada and Uruguay respectively over the weekend.

    Japan have taken over 13th place from Canada after the Brave Blossoms' emphatic 46-8 victory over their visitors in Sendai on Sunday. This is the highest position John Kirwan's side have ever occupied in the rankings.

    There was better news for the other North American side in action as USA held off a spirited Uruguay fight back to win the first leg of their Rugby World Cup 2011 qualification play-off in Montevideo 27-22.

    This narrow victory is just enough - by two hundredths - to lift the Eagles above Georgia into 17th spot. The Lelos were in action at the weekend, but only in a friendly against Argentina Jaguars in Tbilisi, a match they won 24-22.

    Uruguay scored 13 points in the last six minutes in Montevideo to bolster their RWC 2011 qualification hopes, but remain 20th in the IRB World Rankings, albeit now further adrift of Romania and only seven tenths above Portugal.

    The other Rugby World Cup 2011 qualifier yielded a first ever win for Namibia on Tunisian soil, the 18-13 first leg victory enough to see them climb one place to 22nd at the expense of Spain. Tunisia's defeat sees them fall two to 30th with Kazakhstan and Brazil the beneficiaries.

    Dream ends for Czechs

    Another side to slide after a RWC 2011 qualifier defeat was Czech Republic, who were beaten 45-30 by Moldova in their European Nations Cup Division 2A encounter in Chisinau.

    The defeat ends the Czech Republic's hopes of topping the Division to earn an immediate return to the top tier and a European round four play-off against Lithuania in the quest to reach the RWC 2011 cross-continental play-off.

    Moldova's hopes had already ended before the victory, but they have climbed four places in the IRB World Rankings - above Ivory Coast, Croatia, Uganda and Kenya - with the Czech Republic falling three to 36th.

    The only other match to impact the IRB World Rankings over the weekend another European Nations Cup affair with Norway's 12-9 victory in Austria resulting in one place climb to 78th. Austria slide two to 92nd.

    IRB World Rankings - 16 November 2009

    Position/(last week)/Member Union/Rating Point

    1(2) + NEW ZEALAND 90.52
    2(1) - SOUTH AFRICA 89.97
    3(3) AUSTRALIA 85.63
    4(5) + FRANCE 83.20
    5(4) - IRELAND 83.20
    6(8) + ENGLAND 81.07
    7(6) - ARGENTINA 80.49
    8(7) - WALES 80.39
    9(10) + SCOTLAND 76.06
    10(9) - FIJI 75.69
    11(11) SAMOA 73.47
    12(12) ITALY 71.23
    13(14) + JAPAN 69.68
    14(13) - CANADA 68.76
    15(15) TONGA 67.53
    16(16) RUSSIA 67.17
    17(18) + USA 66.87
    18(17) - GEORGIA 66.85
    19(19) ROMANIA 64.85
    20(20) URUGUAY 61.07
    21(21) PORTUGAL 60.31
    22(23) + NAMIBIA 59.44
    23(22) - SPAIN 59.01
    24(24) CHILE 57.95
    25(25) KOREA 57.90
    26(26) UKRAINE 55.47
    27(27) GERMANY 55.35
    28(29) + KAZAKHSTAN 55.12
    29(30) + BRAZIL 54.97
    30(28) - TUNISIA 54.30
    31(31) BELGIUM 53.47
    32(32) MOROCCO 53.06
    33(34) + POLAND 52.18
    34(35) + HONG KONG 52.07
    35(36) + NETHERLANDS 52.02
    36(33) - CZECH REPUBLIC 51.95
    37(37) PARAGUAY 50.93
    38(38) LITHUANIA 50.79
    39(43) + MOLDOVA 50.52
    40(39) - IVORY COAST 50.31
    41(40) - CROATIA 50.06
    42(41) - UGANDA 49.71
    43(42) - KENYA 49.68
    44(44) ARABIAN GULF 47.96
    45(45) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 47.19
    46(46) ZIMBABWE 46.91
    47(47) MADAGASCAR 46.90
    48(48) CHINA 46.25
    49(49) PAPUA NEW GUINEA 46.19
    50(50) CHINESE TAIPEI 46.16
    51(51) SWEDEN 46.10
    52(52) SINGAPORE 45.98
    53(53) SRI LANKA 45.90
    54(54) MALTA 45.68
    55(55) COOK ISLANDS 44.61
    56(56) VENEZUELA 43.92
    57(57) SERBIA 43.87
    58(58) BERMUDA 43.59
    59(59) SWITZERLAND 43.05
    60(60) LATVIA 42.76
    61(61) CAYMAN 42.12
    62(62) SENEGAL 42.12
    63(63) COLOMBIA 42.03
    64(64) HUNGARY 41.89
    65(65) GUYANA 41.52
    66(66) DENMARK 41.35
    67(67) MALAYSIA 41.23
    68(68) NIUE ISLANDS 41.11
    69(69) THAILAND 40.84
    70(70) PERU 40.64
    71(71) ANDORRA 40.37
    72(72) SLOVENIA 39.56
    73(73) ZAMBIA 39.31
    74(74) ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 39.30
    75(75) BOTSWANA 39.21
    76(76) BARBADOS 39.21
    77(77) SOLOMON ISLANDS 39.06
    78(79) + NORWAY 38.79
    79(78) - CAMEROON 38.21
    80(80) ST. LUCIA 37.57
    81(81) ISRAEL 37.56
    82(82) BULGARIA 37.05
    83(83) GUAM 36.80
    84(84) SWAZILAND 36.68
    85(85) INDIA 36.61
    86(86) JAMAICA 36.61
    87(87) BAHAMAS 36.33
    88(88) TAHITI 36.25
    89(89) BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 36.18
    90(91) + NIGERIA 35.29
    91(92) + MONACO 35.17
    92(90) - AUSTRIA 34.88
    93(93) VANUATU 34.77
    94(94) LUXEMBOURG 33.44
    95(95) FINLAND 28.84

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    Wow, I didn't even realise that all these countries played rugby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleypinkbit View Post
    Wow, I didn't even realise that all these countries played rugby!
    "The World in Union" Eley

    Not only that, they all have the opportunity to play in the World Cup too, assuming they win their matches!

    Was thinking it would be great to see the matches in an "Amateur World Cup", perhaps allowing each country three pro players or the like, there would be some fantastic Rugby I reackon.

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    Love Bermuda - 58th in the world. Population 65,000. Registered rugby players - 707. Number of teams - 4. 170 a side?

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    Try and Ref those Rucks Sheikh
    I think they mean four clubs maybe?

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    no sign of Estonia there.I know they have 3 or 4 clubs
    just a matter of time before they become a powerhouse!

    Im sure they can give Finland a hiding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    Love Bermuda - 58th in the world. Population 65,000. Registered rugby players - 707. Number of teams - 4. 170 a side?
    How about Niue: ranked 68; population 1600; 420 registered rugby players (or 26% of the population)!

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