Australia still No.1 in RLIF rankings, Hungary big movers

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    The RLIF Rankings have been updated following the mid-season tests with Australia retaining their world No.1 ranking following their 30-12 ANZAC test victory over New Zealand.

    The Kiwis remain behind them in second followed by England who are coming off a 30-10 victory over Samoa. There is only one change inside the top 10 with Ireland overtaking Fiji into seventh place.

    Tonga have improved three places to 11th, moving past Serbia after Leilani Latu’s try on the siren that saw them knock off Fiji 26-24.

    Meanwhile, Malta go ahead of Spain into 19th while Lebanon did not move from their ranking of 21st despite defeating Malta 24-4.

    Following their strong showing against the PNG Kumuls, the Cook Islands have pipped Czech Republic to sit at world No.24.

    In other changes, Niue have moved into world No.31 ahead of South Africa while Hungary were big movers increasing by five places to 33rd.

    Thailand’s inclusion in the rankings sees them into 35th while El Salvador have jumped past Latvia and Solomon Islands into world No.38 and Uruguay join the rankings at 41st ahead of Morocco.

    The updated rankings come just days after the King’s Cup was confirmed to be held in Pattaya Beach, Thailand in October.

    The tournament will see Philippines, Malta and Hungary compete alongside Thailand and serve as an exciting tournament ahead of next year’s Emerging Nations World Championship to be held in Sydney.

    In Istanbul, Dorcol proved themselves defeating Kadikoy Bulls 62-0 in the Balkan Super League while Novi Belgrade were knocked off by rivals Partizan 48-10 in a second-half blitz.

    RLIF Rankings
    1. Australia
    2. New Zealand
    3. England
    4. Scotland
    5. Samoa
    6. France
    7. Ireland
    8. Fiji
    9. Wales
    10. United States
    11. Tonga
    12. Serbia
    13. Canada
    14. Italy
    15. Papua New Guinea
    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

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • Roar Guru

      May 15th 2017 @ 1:39pm
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 15th 2017 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

      Wish they would play more games so international rankings meant something outside of about the top 4. The sample size is far too small.

      • Roar Guru

        May 15th 2017 @ 6:36pm
        Riley Pettigrew said | May 15th 2017 @ 6:36pm | ! Report

        Absolutely Vincent, the rankings aren’t entirely reflective of the skill level of each nation but rather the frequency of matches. The more matches played by countries such as the Pacific nations and big European nations, the more legitimate the international game will be. Let’s hope that this next cycle we see more test matches played by tier two nations and not just tier one and emerging nations.

    • May 15th 2017 @ 4:27pm
      Fred said | May 15th 2017 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

      How can Serbia, who has never made it to a world cup, be ahead of PNG, who last year beat Fiji?

      • Roar Guru

        May 15th 2017 @ 4:39pm
        Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 15th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

        BEcause Serbia have played 11 matches since the last WC and PNG have only played like 4

        • May 15th 2017 @ 4:58pm
          Fred said | May 15th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

          Fair point, and I do have a lot of respect for Serbia – they are coming along in great strides developing their domestic game. But Serbia can’t have won too many of those 11 matches can they? Otherwise they would have qualified for the world cup.

          On another note – PNG plays Australia every year in the PM’s XIII – I take it those don’t count as test matches?

          • Roar Guru

            May 15th 2017 @ 6:44pm
            Riley Pettigrew said | May 15th 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

            Serbia have won most of their matches actually, in fact of their 13 matches since 2014 they have a 8-5 record (two of those losses coming against quality teams from Wales and Italy in WC qualifying).

            PM’s XIII matches aren’t RLIF sanctioned. Let’s hope that PNG start playing some meaningful international rugby league outside of World Cup years and mid-season tests. Bringing back the Pacific Cup would be a good start.

      • Roar Guru

        May 15th 2017 @ 6:41pm
        Riley Pettigrew said | May 15th 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

        As Vincent mentions, Serbia regularly play test matches usually around 3-5 each year where as PNG only often play one sanctioned match (PM’s XIII isn’t an official test match).

        Unfortunately the Serbs, they were unfortunate in World Cup qualifying being drawn against Wales and Italy who both had professional players lining up for them while the White Eagles only had domestic players. With the World Cup expanding to 16 nations in 2017 though, expect to see Serbia competing for the Paul Barriere Trophy.

        The RLIF rankings aren’t as effective, hopefully we see more international rugby league involving tier two nations such as PNG in the future and not just tier one and development nations.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 4:53pm
      Republican said | May 16th 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

      …..I would have thought PNG would be ranked higher?
      Clearly they have the talent pool to be right up in the top 5 while boasting a very robust grass roots support.
      Despite this they have not been afforded the commercial interest and support by the NRL that NZ have, while NZ do not offer the same grass roots support of the code that PNG does.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 1:21pm
      GC Dave said | May 18th 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

      Really the top 3 are a shoe in each and every time the rankings are advised, that’s no surprise at all. The others are meaningless. The good thing is that Australia is number 1 again, back to normality. It doesn’t need a ranking system to rate the top three, as for the rest, they are not even in the same ball park as them.
      The changes of late have been good for the game but if you think some of the players don’t elect to pay for the top three when they are asked, we are all dreaming.

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