England jump in IRB rankings

2012-03-13 11:16

Dublin - England are now the leading northern hemisphere nation in the IRB world rankings after climbing two places to fourth on the back of their 24-22 away victory over France in the Six Nations on Sunday.

The victory has seen the two sides swap places with England now occupying the position the other nations crave in order to avoid the prospect of being drawn in the same pool as defending champions New Zealand, Australia or South Africa in the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw.

England last occupied fourth spot before their Rugby World Cup 2011 quarter-final defeat to France and by avenging that loss have ensured that Les Bleus have slipped three places in the space of two weeks after failing to win on home soil against Ireland or England.

Wales have remained stationary in fifth despite keeping their Grand Slam dreams alive with a 24-3 victory over Italy at the Millennium Stadium, a consequence of being the home side and ranked seven places and 9.29 points above the Azzurri.

The Welsh now face a Grand Slam decider against the wounded French with only 0.01 separating the two sides, and given they lie only 0.31 behind England they could have more to celebrate than the coveted clean sweep.

Seventh ranked Ireland have inched a little clear of Argentina on the back of a 32-14 defeat of Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, but still lie two points shy of France above them.

Scotland remain 11th, now only 1.36 points ahead of Italy before their wooden spoon decider in Rome.

New Zealand, Australia and South Africa remained unchanged as the world's Top 3 rugby playing nations.

Top 20 in the latest IRB world rankings:

1. New Zealand 91.43
2. Australia 87.99
3. South Africa 84.34
4. England 82.93
5. Wales 82.62
6. France 82.61
7. Ireland 80.55
8. Argentina 80.28
9. Tonga 76.63
10. Samoa 75.81
11. Scotland 74.69
12. Italy 73.33
13. Canada 72.92
14. Japan 70.45
15. Georgia 70.26
16. Fiji 68.78
17. USA 65.63
18. Romania 64.84
19. Spain 61.54
20. Namibia 61.24 


  • Britney - 2012-03-13 11:43

    How is this possible? Wales beat them, made semi-finals at world cup 2010, and are unbeaten this year!! These rankings are dodgy IRB!

      Britney - 2012-03-13 12:17

      at least Ireland will thrash England and put them where they belong :-)

      tim.marles - 2012-03-13 12:57

      Not likely Miss Spears.

      Britney - 2012-03-13 13:06

      we'll talk again after the result on saturday...

      Tim Marles - 2012-03-13 13:12

      Sure let's do that :)

      tim.marles - 2012-03-19 09:15

      shall we have that chat now?

  • Bill - 2012-03-13 12:40

    Rankings stink! You are only as good as your last game. Period. In cricket England performed woefully and were thumped by Pakistan 3 tests to nil. Yet they are still number 1 in the rankings??????

      Bob - 2012-03-13 12:57

      So who should be No 1 Bill ?

      tim.marles - 2012-03-13 13:00

      Get over it Bill, it was not meant to be, they have performed well over the last 2 years and deserve to be No.1 when the vroteas and England meet in a few months prehaps the No.1 spot will change but no doubt you will be grumbling if the vroteas lose so there is no pleasing you.

      Tim Marles - 2012-03-13 13:14

      Lol you concentrate on the vroteas who will never be as good across a vast range of sports as the English.

      Bob - 2012-03-13 13:26

      Tim, have you noticed SA sportsmen are world class, it's the blinkered biased supporters that have the problem, they develop a hate for any team that play's against SA, I truly don't get it, it's always someone elses fault, the ref, the ranking system, the selectors, basically it is not possible for a SA team to lose fair and square, apart from the Bafana of course, they can't be defended.

      Britney - 2012-03-13 13:34

      what are you idiots doing on a south African news site... go moan to your fellow pommies on sky... as a first world country you should be producing top athletes in multiple sporting codes, makes sense... yet you rely on south aficans coming over and playing for your cricket and rugby teams...what gives? Good luck catching the Springboks, you can't even decide who your next coach will be, probably going to be a south african

      tim.marles - 2012-03-13 13:47

      100% Bob, see there she goes again bashing some other part of English sport, it’s easier that way instead of believing the truth, it makes me laugh as SA sport if not 100% home grown they also have foreigners playing in various SA teams and to be honest it’s a reality of the world due to quota systems and the like, its true what they say the truth hurts.

      Heiku - 2012-03-13 14:14

      Go back to england tim

      tim.marles - 2012-03-13 14:22

      Heiku I support SA sport too, its when the bashing starts that the mud slinging starts.

      tim.marles - 2012-03-14 09:19

      and yours? your really a man?

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