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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: 2022-11-20


RankTeamPoints
1IrelandIreland90.63
2FranceFrance90.01
3New ZealandNew Zealand89.15
4South AfricaSouth Africa87.81
5EnglandEngland84.45
6ArgentinaArgentina82.04
7WalesWales81.26
8AustraliaAustralia80.64
9ScotlandScotland80.23
10JapanJapan77.39
11ItalyItaly76.15
12SamoaSamoa75.65
13FijiFiji74.84
14GeorgiaGeorgia73.19
15TongaTonga70.13
16UruguayUruguay67.32
17SpainSpain67.17
18PortugalPortugal65.98
19United StatesUnited States65.91
20RomaniaRomania65.17
21CanadaCanada61.56
22ChileChile60.89
23NamibiaNamibia60.49
24Hong KongHong Kong59.39
25RussiaRussia58.06
26BelgiumBelgium55.97
27BrazilBrazil55.23
28SwitzerlandSwitzerland53.8
29NetherlandsNetherlands53.12
30PolandPoland53.03
31GermanyGermany52.79
32Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea52.62
33ZimbabweZimbabwe52.43
34KenyaKenya52.06
35Czech RepublicCzech Republic50.26
36UkraineUkraine49.61
37ColombiaColombia48.69
38TunisiaTunisia48.55
39ParaguayParaguay48.14
40LithuaniaLithuania48.09
41SwedenSweden48.06
42PhilippinesPhilippines47.8
43MexicoMexico47.63
44UgandaUganda47.25
45MadagascarMadagascar46.89
46MaltaMalta46.75
47Sri LankaSri Lanka46.73
48CroatiaCroatia46.67
49MoroccoMorocco46.33
50Ivory CoastIvory Coast46.24
51MalaysiaMalaysia46.12
52Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago45.51
53Cook IslandsCook Islands45.11
54SingaporeSingapore44.05
55SenegalSenegal43.22
56MoldovaMoldova43.04
57GuyanaGuyana42.86
58Cayman IslandsCayman Islands42.56
59BulgariaBulgaria42.4
60United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates41.23
61LuxembourgLuxembourg41.08
62IsraelIsrael40.98
63KazakhstanKazakhstan40.91
64LatviaLatvia40.73
65Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei39.23
66HungaryHungary39.11
67JamaicaJamaica39
68BermudaBermuda38.91
69ZambiaZambia38.83
70NigeriaNigeria38.37
71GuamGuam36.38
72PeruPeru36.35
73AlgeriaAlgeria36.25
74BotswanaBotswana36.21
75DenmarkDenmark36.1
76VenezuelaVenezuela35.87
77SloveniaSlovenia35.69
78FinlandFinland35.56
79ThailandThailand35.49
80SerbiaSerbia35.2
81Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesSaint Vincent And The Grenadines34.91
82ChinaChina34.91
83BarbadosBarbados34.72
84Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea33.68
85IndiaIndia33.4
86GhanaGhana33.27
87AustriaAustria33.03
88AndorraAndorra32.85
89Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And Herzegovina31.93
90UzbekistanUzbekistan31.28
91Burkina FasoBurkina Faso31.05
92PakistanPakistan30.78
93MauritiusMauritius30.56
94IranIran30
94LaosLaos30
96RwandaRwanda29.78
97Costa RicaCosta Rica29.36
98Niue IslandsNiue Islands28.63
99BahamasBahamas27.76
100NorwayNorway26.52
101BurundiBurundi26.16
102EswatiniEswatini26.04
103Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands23.97
104CameroonCameroon23.12
105IndonesiaIndonesia21.95
106MonacoMonaco17.17
107GreeceGreece16.55
108VanuatuVanuatu15.29
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?

Yes, the French rugby team was once #1 in the IRB rankings and therefore considered the "best team in the world". But this has only happened once: on July 11, 2022, after their victory against Japan and taking advantage of the defeat of the All-Blacks of New Zealand and South Africa, France climbed to the top of the ranking. However, Ireland dethroned France less than 10 days later with two wins over New Zealand on a summer tour. 

Before that date, France's best IRB ranking had been second place in 2007, notably after the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and the victory over the New Zealand team in the quarterfinals (20-18). Other European teams have reached the first place: in 2019, Wales, Ireland and England have 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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