Women’s rugby league team ranked fifth in world

Wednesday December 27, 2017 Written by Published in League
Cook Islander Black Fern Toka Natua spent Christmas with her family members in Aitutaki. 17122607 Cook Islander Black Fern Toka Natua spent Christmas with her family members in Aitutaki. 17122607

The Cook Islands women’s rugby league team is ranked fifth in the world following their superb finish at the Rugby League Women’s World Cup last month.

 

After losing to Australia and New Zealand in their first two matches, the Moanas created the tournament’s biggest upset, beating England 22-16 in a nail-biting contest.

Australia maintains the lead in the women’s rankings followed by New Zealand, England and Canada.

In the men’s international rankings, the Kukis have dropped to 30th spot from the 48 countries affiliated to Rugby League International Federation.

Lebanon which lost in the quarter-final of this year’s World Cup recorded the biggest improvement in the rankings, rising from 18th to 9th followed by Tonga from 11th to 4th.

Fiji is now ranked fifth and Papua New Guinea is placed on 10th spot.

Australia which maintains its number one spot increased the margin of lead to 347 points.

Rating points are awarded for all sanctioned internationals over the previous five years and are calculated by an independent company sports data experts.

A higher weighting is given to the most recent internationals to calculate rating points and then the rating index.

 

Full rankings

Women – 1. Australia, 2. New Zealand, 3. England, 4. Canada, 5. Cook Islands, 6. Papua New Guinea, 7. France, 8. Italy, 9. Lebanon

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

 

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