NZ and Australia head north ranked 1 and 4

(IRB.COM) Monday 21 October 2013
 NZ and Australia head north ranked 1 and 4
New Zealand and Australia head north for their forthcoming tours ranked first and fourth in the IRB World Rankings

While the All Blacks' thrilling win against the Wallabies in Dunedin had no impact at the top of the IRB World Rankings, New Zealand and Australia remaining in first and fourth place respectively, lower down the list there is movement as a result of matches played in Europe at the weekend.

Czech Republic, Austria and Luxembourg are the biggest climbers in the last seven days after beating Sweden, Bulgaria and Norway in the latest round of the European Nations Cup.


In Division 1B the Czechs beat higher-ranked Sweden 17-11 in Stockholm and climb seven places to 45th. Sweden, meanwhile, fall five places and drop under Brazil, Netherlands, Ukraine and Paraguay, all of whom climb one as a result.

The Austrians ran out emphatic 58-14 winners over the Bulgarians in Vienna in Division 2C and climb six players to 86th. They are now the higher-ranked of the two sides after Bulgaria fell five places to 90th.

Luxembourg’s narrow 9-7 win away from home means they also climb six places, up to 85th. Norway fall two to 95th.

And in Division 2B Israel beat Serbia 18-6 away from home to reach a new high of 47th. The Serbians slip one place to 80th.

The IRB World Rankings are published on every Monday at 12 noon UK time.