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Mon 02 December

Australia strengthen grip as world No 1

Australia strengthen grip as world No 1

World champions Australia have cemented their status as the best nation in international Rugby League following their 34-2 victory over New Zealand in the final of Rugby League World Cup 2013 at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Saturday.

New Zealand, England and France remain in positions two to four, respectively, in the rankings, which also take into consideration results from other international competitions in recent months, including the European Bowl.

Fiji, who reached a World Cup semi-final for the second time in succession, have climbed from seventh to fifth spot in the rankings. The islanders have overtaken Wales and Papua New Guinea, who have both dropped a place following their disappointing efforts in RLWC2013.

USA have broken into the Top 10 for the first time after their impressive showing in the 14-nation tournament, where they defeated Wales and the Cook Islands to qualify for the quarter-finals.

USA are just a point behind ninth-placed Ireland whilst Tonga drop from 10th to 13th and Cook Islands jump from 18th to 14th.

Outside of RLWC2013, European Bowl champions Ukraine move from 25th to 21st place, and Greece and Hungary enter the rankings for the first time following their October Test match in Budapest. 

The latest RLIF World Rankings are as follows (ranking points in brackets):

1 Australia (1108.833)

2 New Zealand (742.3752)

3 England (570.7717)

4 France (268.1451)

5 Fiji (201.4252)

6 Wales (173.2988)

7 PNG (166.7454)

8 Samoa (145.528)

9 Ireland (128.1147)

10 USA (127.2906)

11 Scotland (101.7701)

12 Italy (84.06377)

13 Tonga (54.86558)

14 Cook Islands (48.44054)

15 Russia (42.78)

16 Canada (41.60659)

17 Serbia (38.55369)

18 Germany (30.9796)

19 Norway (28.1608)

20 Lebanon (23.81483)

21 Ukraine (19.68)

22 Malta (19.3424)

23 Jamaica (15.4378)

24 Netherlands (10.416)

25 South Africa (8.353601)

26 Czech Republic (6.953681)

27 Denmark (5.6336)

28 Greece (5.488)

29 Belgium (4.6592)

30 Sweden (1.56)

31 Hungary (1.232)

Australia strengthen grip as world No 1 World champions Australia have cemented their status as the best nation in international Rugby League...

Results

Rugby League World Cup
Sat 23 NovNew Zealand 20-18 England
Sun 17 NovSamoa 4-22 Fiji
Sat 16 NovEngland 34-6 France
Fri 15 NovNew Zealand 40-4 Scotland
Mon 11 NovFrance 6-22 Samoa
Sun 10 NovWales 24-28 Cook Islands
Sat 09 NovEngland 34-12 Fiji
Fri 08 NovNew Zealand 56-10 Papua New Guinea
Thu 07 NovScotland 22-8 USA
Tue 05 NovTonga 22-16 Cook Islands

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