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IRB World Rankings

The World Rugby Ranking of Men's National Rugby Teams, formerly known as the IRB (International Rugby Board) Ranking, was created in 2003. It is used to compare national men's rugby union teams.es

Latest update: 2022-03-14


RankTeamPoints
1South AfricaSouth Africa90.61
2New ZealandNew Zealand88.75
3FranceFrance88.55
4IrelandIreland88.09
5EnglandEngland84.83
6AustraliaAustralia83.92
7ScotlandScotland81.93
8WalesWales81.28
9ArgentinaArgentina80.58
10JapanJapan78.26
11FijiFiji76.62
12SamoaSamoa73.59
13GeorgiaGeorgia73.47
14ItalyItaly70.33
15SpainSpain68.57
16TongaTonga67.72
17United StatesUnited States66.54
18RomaniaRomania66.44
19UruguayUruguay66.4
20PortugalPortugal65.72
21CanadaCanada61.8
22Hong KongHong Kong61.23
23ChileChile59.88
24NamibiaNamibia59.72
25RussiaRussia58.06
26NetherlandsNetherlands56.82
27BelgiumBelgium54.84
28PolandPoland53.81
29BrazilBrazil53.31
30Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea53.11
31SwitzerlandSwitzerland52.68
32GermanyGermany52.02
33ColombiaColombia51.87
34ZimbabweZimbabwe51.82
35KenyaKenya51.77
36Czech RepublicCzech Republic50.87
37UkraineUkraine50.23
38MaltaMalta49.27
39TunisiaTunisia48.55
40Ivory CoastIvory Coast47.88
41PhilippinesPhilippines47.8
42MexicoMexico47.63
43LithuaniaLithuania47.16
44SenegalSenegal47.1
45CroatiaCroatia46.92
46MadagascarMadagascar46.89
47ParaguayParaguay46.87
48Sri LankaSri Lanka46.73
49MoroccoMorocco46.33
50MalaysiaMalaysia46.12
51UgandaUganda45.85
52SwedenSweden45.84
53Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago45.51
54Cook IslandsCook Islands45.11
55SingaporeSingapore44.05
56GuyanaGuyana42.86
57Cayman IslandsCayman Islands42.56
58LuxembourgLuxembourg42.36
59MoldovaMoldova42.14
60IsraelIsrael41.68
61United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates41.23
62KazakhstanKazakhstan40.86
63LatviaLatvia40.85
64HungaryHungary40.09
65Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei39.23
66JamaicaJamaica39
67BermudaBermuda38.91
68ZambiaZambia38.83
69NigeriaNigeria38.37
70BulgariaBulgaria38.21
71DenmarkDenmark38.17
72SloveniaSlovenia37.42
73GuamGuam36.38
74PeruPeru36.35
75ThailandThailand36.28
76BotswanaBotswana36.21
77VenezuelaVenezuela35.87
78AndorraAndorra35.2
79Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesSaint Vincent And The Grenadines34.91
80ChinaChina34.91
81BarbadosBarbados34.72
82Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And Herzegovina34.02
83Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea33.68
84IndiaIndia33.4
85GhanaGhana33.27
86AustriaAustria33.03
87FinlandFinland32.75
88SerbiaSerbia32.22
89UzbekistanUzbekistan31.33
90AlgeriaAlgeria31.25
91Burkina FasoBurkina Faso31.05
92MauritiusMauritius30.56
93LaosLaos30
93IranIran30
95PakistanPakistan29.99
96RwandaRwanda29.78
97Costa RicaCosta Rica29.36
98Niue IslandsNiue Islands28.63
99BahamasBahamas27.76
100NorwayNorway27.72
101BurundiBurundi26.16
102EswatiniEswatini26.04
103Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands23.81
104CameroonCameroon23.12
105IndonesiaIndonesia21.95
106MonacoMonaco17.17
107GreeceGreece16.55
108VanuatuVanuatu15.45
109American SamoaAmerican Samoa13.53

How is the World Rugby Ranking calculated? 

Each national team has a number of points between 0 and 100, with 0 being the lowest value and the top ranked team often having a number of points between 89 and 95. The evolution of the ranking is linked to the point exchange system: at each international match, the winning team takes a certain number of points from the losing team. If the winning team is lower ranked before the match or if it wins by a large margin (15 points or more), then it can gain more points, up to a maximum of 2 points for a single match. Finally, it should be noted that matches in the Rugby World Cup finals, a competition held every four years, are worth double. 

Has France ever been in first place in the IRB rankings?

No, the French rugby team has never been the "best team in the world" according to the World Rugby ranking. France's best IRB ranking is second place, in 2007, notably after the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and the victory over New Zealand in the quarter-finals (20-18). Other European teams have reached the first place: in 2019, Wales, Ireland and England successively occupied this place. 

Why are we talking about the World Rugby rankings rather than the IRB rankings? 

The World Rugby Ranking is the official name of the world ranking, created in 2003 and initially named International Rugby Board. Despite the name change, the term 'IRB Rankings' is still widely used, both in the media and by rugby fans. 

See also: women's rugby world rankings

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