Korea on the rise in world rankings

(IRB.COM) Monday 20 May 2013
 
 Korea on the rise in world rankings
Korea proved too strong for Hong Kong in the battle for second place in the Top 5

Korea are the biggest climbers in the latest IRB World Rankings with a two-place elevation to 24th on the back of a 43-22 victory over Hong Kong which secured them the runners-up spot in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations 2013.

The Koreans, who climb above Belgium and Chile, now occupy their highest position since April 2010 and know that a repeat performance in 12 months time will see them represent Asia in the Répechage for the final place at Rugby World Cup 2015.

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Hong Kong remain 29th despite the defeat in Ansan, but their cushion of Moldova below them has now been reduced to under a rating point. They finished third in the Top 5 despite not having their Sevens players available throughout the competition.

The other Asian 5 Nations match over the weekend did not have any impact on the world rankings as a result of the 39 places and 14.09 rating points separating the Philippines from the United Arab Emirates, the side they beat 24-8 to secure their Top 5 status for next year.

Guyana were the other side on the move in the rankings, climbing one place to 58th on the back of a tight 19-17 win over Barbados in the NACRA (North American Caribbean Rugby Association) Championship., swapping places with Colombia.

The defeat was a costly one for Barbados as they fall four places to 71st with India, China, the Solomon Island and Andorra the beneficiaries.