Plenty at stake in rankings

(IRB.COM) Friday 15 October 2010
 
 Plenty at stake in rankings

Austria’s visit to Hungary in the European Nations Cup 2012 this weekend could result in a rise or fall into double figures in the IRB World Rankings, depending who emerges victorious from the Division 2C encounter in Budapest.

Hungary currently sit 19 places above their visitors at 68th in the IRB World Rankings and while a win could see them climb one place – depending on Denmark’s result in Norway, they could plummet 11 places if Austria win by more than 15 points.

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This would send Hungary to their lowest position in five years and see Austria rocket 10 places to 77th, making them the higher ranked of the two nations. A smaller margin of victory would still see Hungary slide seven places with Austria jumping six to 81st.

Even with a victory, Hungary could remain stationary in 68th if Denmark emerge victorious from the ‘Clash of the Vikings’ with Norway in the other Division 2C match on Saturday. Austria will fall two or three places in defeat.

Denmark are ranked 10 places above their hosts Norway and will climb a minimum of five places to 66th with a victory in Oslo. They could rise another place if they were to win by more than 15 points, condemning their hosts to an eight-place slump to 90th.

The Danes had won all 10 previous meetings with their fellow Scandinavians until Norway triumphed 15-8 in May. Another win, this time by more than 15 points, will see Norway rise to 79th – equalling their best ever position in May 2006 – and Denmark slide six places to a lowest ever ranking of 77th.

The IRB World Rankings update every Monday at 12:00 UK time.