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Kumuls Enter Top Ten in Latest Ranking

In the latest Rugby League world ranking release by RLIF this week, Papua New Guinea has risen six places to enter the top ten in the world. A strong showing in the recent world cup, including a reappearance in the quarter finals stages has resulted in the Kumuls rise to number ten in the world.

Lebanon are the main movers, up nine places from eighteenth into the top ten, whilst Tonga go from eleventh to fourth. Chile, who won the first South American Championship also had a good jump in rankings, as they go from 37th to 32nd in a year when more internationals have been played than ever before.

PNGRL chairman Sandis Tsaka added: “The performance of the Kumuls during the 2017 World Cup has helped PNG get back up the world rankings and we now have the challenge of continuing to rise by playing more full international games. The PNG supporters and players have shown that they love international rugby league.”

David Collier OBE, chief executive of the Rugby League International Federation, commented: “On behalf of the RLIF board I would like to congratulate Australia on retaining their position and the other major movers, in particular Lebanon, Fiji, PNG and Tonga who all lit up the World Cup.”

“The rankings are a statistically-weighted reflection of results over the past five years, with greater emphasis on recent displays. Scotland and Samoa have retained a top six place due to their recent performances against the tier one nations, and Ireland are improving on the field yet drop out of the top 10 because of the ranking of the opposition they faced.

Here are the Rankings

Men’s World Rankings

        Nation.                          Previous

  1. Australia                     1
  2. New Zealand               2
  3. England                      3
  4. Tonga                         11
  5. Fiji                              7
  6. Samoa                        5
  7. Scotland                     4
  8. France                       6
  9. Lebanon                    18
  10. PNG                          16
  11. Ireland .                    8
  12. Wales                        9
  13. Italy                         12
  14. USA                          10
  15. Jamaica                    13
  16. Serbia                      14
  17. Canada                     15
  18. Malta                       17
  19. Russia                      19
  20. Belgium                    20
  21. Spain                       21
  22. Norway                    22
  23. Greece                     23
  24. Philippines                34
  25. Ukraine                    25
  26. Czech Republic         26
  27. Netherlands             27
  28. Germany                 28
  29. Hungary                  29
  30. Cook Islands            24
  31. Sweden                   30
  32. Chile                       37
  33. Niue                        31
  34. Denmark                 32
  35. South Africa            33
  36. Vanuatu                 35
  37. El Salvador             39
  38. Thailand                 36
  39. Argentina                –
  40. Colombia                 –
  41. Japan                      –
  42. Solomon Islands      38
  43. Brazil                      –
  44. Uruguay                  40
  45. Hong Kong              –
  46. Bulgaria                   41
  47. Latvia                      42
  48. Morocco                   43
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