Quartet on the rise in rankings

(IRB.COM) Monday 16 July 2012
 
 Quartet on the rise in rankings
Thailand's RWC 2015 qualification dream remains alive after beating India - Photo: Kenji Demura (RJP)

Thailand’s reward for beating India 42-29 in their HSBC Asian 5 Nations play-off on Saturday is not only promotion to Division I and keeping their RWC 2015 dream alive, but also a one-place climb to 59th in the latest IRB World Rankings.

The victory on home soil in Bangkok has lifted Thailand above Chinese Taipei and to within touching distance of Guyana and Israel above them. India, who will play in Division II next year, have slipped three places to 68th with Cayman Islands, Singapore and Barbados the beneficiaries.

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Three other nations enjoyed climbs after victories in the last week with Zimbabwe, who beat hosts Tunisia 30-14 and Uganda 22-18 to be crowned Africa Cup 2012 champions, climbing two places to 29th to enter the Top 30 for the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.

Uganda, though, despite losing the final to Zimbabwe on Saturday are the biggest climbers of the week with a three-place elevation to 41st, the defeat offset by a 21-19 victory over higher ranked Kenya last Tuesday.

Kenya have also ended the Africa Cup Division 1A with a higher ranking than they began it despite losing to rivals Uganda, courtesy of a 31-24 victory over hosts Tunisia in the third place play-off to avoid relegation to Division 1B in 2013.

Tunisia are the biggest fallers of the last seven days, two defeats on home soil resulting in a nine-place slump to 43rd, the lowest position they have ever occupied in the IRB World Rankings.

The good news for Tunisia is that their dream of qualifying for a first Rugby World Cup is not over despite relegation, although they will have to win Division 1B in 2013 – which will include Namibia – to return to Division 1A for the 2014 tournament which will determine the Africa 1 qualifier.

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