Ranking points at stake in Europe, Americas

(IRB.COM) Friday 17 October 2008
 Ranking points at stake in Europe, Americas
Hungary will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Slovenia in Ljubljana on 13 September 2008 Photo: FIA-AER

Two Rugby World Cup qualifiers - one in Europe and one in South America - could see IRB World Rankings changes this weekend.

In São Jose dos Campos, home team Brazil take on Trinidad & Tobago in the second leg of their RWC 2011 qualifying playoff. Leading 31-8 from the first leg, Brazil will be confident that they can record another victory on home soil.

"We need to win again obviously for our fans and turn on the style, give them a real rugby Samba, but we also need points for the IRB Rankings," Brazil coach Pierre Paparemborde told IRB’s Total Rugby Radio earlier this week.
"My main goal when I started to coach Brazil was to get them into the world's top 25 and we're very close now. We need a few more points to pass Germany."

Unfortunately for Brazil, a win by any margin over Trinidad & Tobago will not affect their rankings position this week. They are eight ratings points ahead of their visitors in the rankings. When home advantage (three extra points) is taken into consideration this puts them too far ahead to gain any more points.

Should Trinidad & Tobago win, however, they would jump seven places to 43rd, whilst Brazil would drop below Tunisia, Hong Kong and Ukraine into 31st.

Euro RWC tussle

The other RWC 2011 qualifier taking place this weekend is in Europe between Hungary and Denmark. The match is also part of the European Nations Cup Division 3 tournament. Visitors Denmark hold the rankings edge going into the match, in 60th and seven places above their hosts.

Should Hungary win, they will rise to 67th, pulling down Denmark to 66th. A Denmark victory would result in them leapfrogging Andorra into 59th. Hungary would fall below Peru, Zambia and Serbia into 73rd.

The IRB World Rankings are updated at 12 midday UK time every Monday on www.irb.com.