Final loss sees Kenya fall one in rankings

(IRB.COM) Monday 13 July 2009
 Final loss sees Kenya fall one in rankings
Morocco beat Kenya to win the CAR Northern Trophy

Kenya's loss to Morocco in the final of the CAR (Confederation of African Rugby Northern Trophy in Safi on Saturday means they fall one place to 40th in the latest IRB World Rankings with Ivory Coast the beneficiaries.

The 29-11 defeat leaves Kenya less than a tenth of a rating point above Moldova beneath them, while Morocco remain in 33rd, albeit now slightly closer to Belgium above them.


The only other match to result in a positional change in the latest rankings also came in the CAR Northern Trophy with Senegal climbing four places to 63rd on the back of an 11-3 victory over Cameroon to claim third place.

Cameroon, the lowest ranked of the four sides in the competition for nations who did not make it to the Africa Cup semi finals, remain 78th but now less than a rating point cushion over St Lucia.

Only one of the two Rugby World Cup qualifiers played on Saturday had any impact on the IRB World Rankings as Samoa's 115-7 defeat of Papua New Guinea did not because of the 38 places and 27.29 rating separating the two Oceania sides.

Canada's 41-18 victory in the second leg of their play-off saw them become the first nation to emerge from the global qualifying process to take their place in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2011 with hosts New Zealand, France, Tonga and the Asian qualifier.

The seven-try win on home soil in Edmonton improved Canada's rating by just over six tenths, but they remain 13th and a little over one rating point behind Six Nations side Italy above them.

USA, who will now face Uruguay to determine the Americas 2 qualifier for New Zealand 2011, still occupy 18th spot despite the loss but have now fallen away from Georgia and closer to Romania.  

The matches that have taken place over the last three days in the CAR Development Trophy in Lome, Togo, have no impact on the IRB World Rankings as none of the participants are Full Member Unions of the International Rugby Board and therefore not ranked.