Wales move up the world rankings

Wales have moved up one place to sixth in the Rugby League International Federation’s World Rankings following their participation in the recent Gillette Four Nations.

However France’s wins over Ireland and Scotland in the recent secondary level three nations tournament sees them retain fifth place, but are less than a point above Wales.

Plus the gap between Wales and Papua New Guinea, who retain fourth place, is now less than 15 ranking points.

Australia’s capture of the Four Nations crown has seen them strengthen their position at the head of the rankings.

The Kangaroos defeated England 30-8 in front of a sell out crowd at Elland Road, Leeds but by making the decider Steve McNamara’s men have closed the gap on second placed New Zealand in the run up to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Of the 14 nations to secure a place in the World Cup, 13 are in the top 14 positions with only the Cook Islands outside by virtue of their match with New Zealand in early autumn being postponed. Had it taken place, they would almost certainly have been in the top ten.

USA and Italy, who were the final two World Cup qualifiers, have each move up two places as a result.

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD RANKINGS – as at 20th November 2011

1 Australia 1406.59
2 New Zealand 991.56
3 England 799.47
4 Papua New Guinea 260.49
5 France 246.08
6 Wales 245.16
7 Fiji 145.35
8 Samoa 123.19
9 Tonga 82.07
10 Scotland 75.39
11 USA 65.86
12 Ireland 64.28
13 Italy 55.28
14 Lebanon 52.42
15 Serbia 46.14
16 Cook Islands 42.32
17 Russia 39.48
18 Norway 38.22
19 Germany 34.52
20 Malta 26.46
21 Canada 24.21
22 South Africa 23.38
23 Jamaica 20.05
24 Latvia 19.55
25 Ukraine 19.12
26 Czech Republic 14.27
27 Sweden .95