Australia to enter RLWC2017 as World Number 1

15th May 2017, 00:00

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Australia to enter RLWC2017 as World Number 1

Australia will go into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in November, which they will co-host with New Zealand, further strengthened in number one position in the World Rankings after their ANZAC Test victory over the Kiwis.

 

Two new nations are in the list for the first time with the inclusion of Thailand and Uruguay, taking the total to 42 and reflecting the greater number of sanctioned internationals being played globally.

 

Leilani Latu’s last-gasp try for Tonga to beat Fiji 26-24 in last week’s Pacific triple-header saw them move up one rung on the ladder, whilst the biggest gainers are Hungary who rise five places to 33rd.

 

Full Rankings - May 14th 2017

 

1 Australia

2 New Zealand

3 England

4 Scotland

5 Samoa

6 France

7 Ireland

8 Fiji

9 Wales

10 USA

11 Tonga

12 Serbia

13 Canada

14 Italy

15 PNG

16 Russia

17 Jamaica

18 Belgium

19 Malta

20 Spain

21 Lebanon

22 Ukraine

23 Germany

24 Cook Islands

25 Czech Republic

26 Norway

27 Denmark

28 Greece

29 Sweden

30 Netherlands

31 Niue

32 South Africa

33 Hungary

34 Philippines

35 Thailand

36 Chile

37 Vanuatu

38 El Salvador

39 Latvia

40 Solomon Islands

41  Uruguay

42 Morocco