RR World Rankings – 31st August 2015

rrrank_newNew Zealand still lead the way for the 97th consecutive week.

The full round up of results since our last update are:

Latest RESULTS
26-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup TAHITI 36 v 12 SOLOMON.ISLANDS
26-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup PAPUA NEW GUINEA 36 v 22 AMERICAN SAMOA
29-Aug-15 International SCOTLAND 48 v 07 ITALY
29-Aug-15 International JAPAN 40 v 00 URUGUAY
29-Aug-15 International BARBARIANS 27 v 24 SAMOA
29-Aug-15 International IRELAND 10 v 16 WALES
30-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup AMERICAN SAMOA 08 v20 TAHITI
30-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup PAPUA.NEW.GUINEA 58 v 19 SOLOMON ISLANDS
Matches coming up this week are:
2-Sep-15 International CANADA v GEORGIA
5-Sep-15 International FRANCE v SCOTLAND
5-Sep-15 International JAPAN v GEORGIA
5-Sep-15 International USA v AUSTRALIA
5-Sep-15 International ROMANIA v TONGA
5-Sep-15 International ENGLAND v IRELAND
5-Sep-15 International WALES v ITALY

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FULL RANKINGS

allblacks1 0 = no Positional change , (#) = Positional change last week

NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 97wks) / {RWC2015} = Qualified for 2015 RWC

RR Pos Test Nations Change Last Pos Rank
1 NEW ZEALAND {RWC2015}
0 1 92.82
2 AUSTRALIA {RWC2015}
+1 3 86.44
3 IRELAND {RWC2015}
-1 2 85.19
4 SOUTH AFRICA {RWC2015}
0 4 84.69
5 WALES {RWC2015}
+1 6 84.61
6 ENGLAND {RWC2015}
-1 5 84.22
7 FRANCE {RWC2015}
0 7 80.87
  NZ Maori     79.35
8 ARGENTINA {RWC2015}
0 8 76.86
9 FIJI {RWC2015} 0 9 76.29
10 SCOTLAND {RWC2015}
0 10 76.13
  British & Irish Lions     76.00
11 SAMOA {RWC2015}
0 11 73.55
12 ITALY {RWC2015}
0 12 70.51
13 USA {RWC2015}
0 13 68.82
14 TONGA {RWC2015}
0 14 68.26
15 ROMANIA {RWC2015}
0 15 67.82
16 JAPAN {RWC2015}
0 16 67.38
17 GEORGIA {RWC2015}
0 17 66.00
  World XV     66.00
  Barbarians (UK)     64.95
  Argentina Jaguars     64.86
  Emerging Ireland     64.31
18 CANADA {RWC2015}
0 18 63.50
19 NAMIBIA {RWC2015}
+1 20 61.28
20 URUGUAY {RWC2015}
-1 19 61.15
21 RUSSIA 0 21 61.11
  Emerging Italy     60.70
22 SPAIN 0 22 60.46
23 CHILE 0 23 57.23
24 KOREA 0 24 56.71
25 BELGIUM 0 25 56.39
26 HONG KONG 0 26 56.33
27 PORTUGAL 0 27 56.30
28 GERMANY 0 28 55.51
29 KENYA 0 29 54.82
30 ZIMBABWE 0 30 54.19
31 MOLDOVA 0 31 53.90
32 UKRAINE 0 32 53.84
33 NETHERLANDS 0 33 51.98
34 MOROCCO 0 34 51.18
35 CZECH REPUBLIC 0 35 51.03
36 PARAGUAY 0 36 50.37
37 POLAND 0 37 49.77
38 SRI LANKA 0 38 49.72
39 LITHUANIA 0 39 49.51
40 SWITZERLAND 0 40 49.34
41 BRAZIL 0 41 49.33
42 TUNISIA 0 42 49.09
43 MALTA 0 43 47.98
44 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 44 47.61
45 UGANDA 0 45 47.13
46 COOK ISLANDS 0 46 47.11
47 ARMENIA 0 47 46.85
48 MADAGASCAR 0 48 46.30
49 CYPRUS 0 49 46.26
50 SWEDEN 0 50 46.06
51 GUYANA 0 51 45.96
52 SENEGAL 0 52 45.53
53 MEXICO 0 53 45.50
54 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 0 54 45.27
55 PHILIPPINES 0 55 45.05
56 CAYMAN ISLANDS 0 56 44.89
  USA South   44.87
57 KAZAKHSTAN 0 57 44.81
58 CROATIA 0 58 44.65
59 COLOMBIA 0 59 44.63
60 COTE d’IVORIE 0 60 44.60
61 MALAYSIA 0 61 43.66
62 ANDORRA 0 62 43.03
63 ISRAEL 0 63 43.00
64 SINGAPORE 0 64 42.85
65 LATVIA 0 65 42.31
66 VENEZUELA 0 66 41.66
67 BOTSWANA 0 67 41.08
68 CHINA 0 68 40.80
69 NIUE ISLANDS 0 69 40.45
70 CHINESE TAIPEI 0 70 40.43
71 LUXEMBOURG 0 71 39.80
72 BERMUDA 0 72 39.59
73 UZBEKISTAN 0 73 39.56
74 SLOVENIA 0 74 39.36
75 PERU 0 75 38.84
76 INDIA 0 76 38.81
77 HUNGARY 0 77 38.61
78 NIGERIA 0 78 38.49
79 GUAM 0 79 38.49
80 CAMEROON +1 81 38.33
81 ZAMBIA +1 82 38.04
82 TAHITI +10 92 37.68
83 BARBADOS 0 83 37.59
84 SERBIA 0 84 37.11
85 IRAN 0 85 37.04
86 JAMAICA 0 86 36.99
87 SOLOMON ISLANDS -7 80 36.85
88 INDONESIA -1 87 36.52
89 DENMARK -1 88 36.07
90 THAILAND -1 89 35.95
91 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA -1 90 35.85
92 COSTA RICA -1 91 35.75
93 PAKISTAN 0 93 35.18
94 MONACO 0 94 35.17
95 AUSTRIA 0 95 35.13
96 BAHAMAS 0 96 34.99
97 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 0 97 34.80
98 VANUATU 0 98 33.45
99 MAURITIUS 0 99 33.19
100 NORWAY 0 100 32.61
101 GIBRALTAR 0 101 32.00
102 BULGARIA +1 103 31.22
103 AMERICAN SAMOA -1 102 31.19
104 FINLAND 0 104 30.48
105 ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES 0 105 29.84
106 SWAZILAND 0 106 29.25
107 GREECE 0 107 28.55
108 TURKEY 0 108 27.53
109 ALGERIA 0 109 26.44
110 LEBANON 0 110 25.93
111 SLOVAKIA 0 111 22.65
112 NIGER 0 112 22.40
113 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 0 113 21.23
114 AZERBAIJAN 0 114 20.09
115 BAHRAIN 0 115 20.00
116 LAO 0 116 19.10
117 LIBYA 0 117 18.97
118 CURACAO 0 118 18.88
119 CAMBODIA 0 119 18.80
120 TANZANIA 0 120 18.50
121 GUATEMALA 0 121 18.12
122 EGYPT 0 122 18.07
123 BRUNEI 0 123 17.00
124 JORDAN 0 124 16.77
125 REUNION 0 125 16.50
126 MONGOLIA 0 126 15.95
127 ECUADOR 0 127 15.46
128 MALI 0 128 15.46
129 St LUCIA 0 129 14.05
130 LESOTHO 0 130 14.00
131 BURKINA FASO 0 131 13.55
132 MONTENEGRO 0 132 13.10
133 TURKS & CAICOS Islands 0 133 12.50
134 GHANA 0 134 12.48
135 EL SALVADOR 0 135 12.27
136 BURUNDI 0 136 12.21
137 QATAR 0 137 12.20
138 ESTONIA 0 138 11.80
139 CHAD 0 139 11.30
140 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 0 140 11.20
141 KYRGYZSTAN 0 141 11.10
142 MACAU 0 142 11.00
143 MARTINIQUE 0 143 10.80
144 MAURITANIA 0 144 10.70
145 MAYOTTE 0 145 10.60
146 NEW CALEDONIA 0 146 10.40
147 BENIN 0 147 10.17
148 WALLIS & FUTUNA 0 148 9.70
149 AFGHANISTAN 0 149 9.60
150 PANAMA 0 150 9.57
151 BELARUS 0 151 9.50
152 DEMOCRATIC Rep. of CONGO 0 152 9.42
153 NICARAGUA 0 153 8.58
154 RWANDA 0 154 8.37
155 TOGO 0 155 7.85
156 NAURU 0 156 5.14


Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar13th Apr28th Apr5th May13th May 3rd June9th June16th June22nd June29th June7th July 18th August26th August12th September6th Oct4th Nov10th Nov17th Nov23rd Nov 3oth Nov

2015 : – 9th Feb16th Feb2nd Mar9th Mar16th Mar23rd Mar19th Apr 7th May16th July9th August16th August


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All Blacks squad for Rugby World Cup 2015 announced

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The All Blacks squad for Rugby World Cup 2015 has been announced with the All Blacks selectors selecting a squad featuring experience, depth and talent.

The squad was unveiled by New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impey in front of a packed audience at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, this evening.

The All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad is: (with province and Test caps)

Forwards:

Hookers
Dane Coles (Wellington, 30 Tests)
Keven Mealamu (Auckland, 126 Tests)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, three Tests)

Props
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 40 Tests)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 27 Tests)
Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay, 43 Tests)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 72 Tests)
Tony Woodcock (North Harbour, 115 Tests)

Locks
Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty, 41 Tests)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 20 Tests)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 66 Tests)

Loose forwards
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 24 Tests)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 60 Tests)
Richie McCaw, captain (Canterbury, 142 Tests)
Liam Messam (Waikato, 42 Tests)
Kieran Read (Canterbury, 77 Tests)
Victor Vito (Wellington, 28 Tests)

Backs:

Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr–Barlow (Waikato, 15 Tests)
TJ Perenara (Wellington, 15 Tests)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 41 Tests)

First five–eighths
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 30 Tests)
Daniel Carter (Canterbury, 106 Tests)
Colin Slade (Canterbury, 20 Tests)

Midfielders
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 11 Tests)
Ma’a Nonu (Wellington, 97 Tests)
Conrad Smith (Wellington, 88 Tests)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 26 Tests)

Outside backs
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu, two Tests)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, one Test)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 35 Tests)
Ben Smith (Otago, 41 Tests)

The squad, captained by Richie McCaw, features 17 forwards and 14 backs with the following positional breakdown: three hookers, five props, three locks, six loose forwards, three halfbacks, three first five-eighths, four midfielders and four outside backs. It will be a particularly exciting time for 17 of the All Blacks squad, who will be going to their first Rugby World Cup tournament.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors would like to congratulate all those players selected for the Rugby World Cup squad. It’s a huge honour to represent your country on the international stage. It’s the pinnacle for any New Zealand rugby player and we know the players and their families will be immensely proud of what they have achieved, as are we.

“Conversely, we know that there are some players who are disappointed. We are a tight-knit family and it’s always difficult when players miss out. Those players did everything asked of them and the selections are more a reflection of the player depth that we have, and the mix of players required to effectively manage a 31-strong squad at what is a unique Tournament with a unique set of replacement player rules.

“I’m sure it won’t be the last time a lot of the players who have missed out play for the All Blacks. As we have seen in previous Rugby World Cups, anything can happen with injuries, and we want those players to be ready to step in if needed.

“To the fans I would like to say: our attitude going into this Rugby World Cup is not a case of expecting it, but one of making it happen. The Cup isn’t ours. We are not defenders; like everyone else, we are contenders. We have to earn the right to win it through world-class performances.

“In doing so, we have to do something that no-one has ever done before. But that is a hugely exciting challenge and one I believe the team will rise to. With this in mind, we believe we have selected players with the right mix of experience, x-factor, determination and mental strength. This is an exciting and talented group of players who are looking to do something that hasn’t been done before, and make New Zealanders proud.”

The squad features provincial representation from 11 of New Zealand’s ITM Cup provinces and all New Zealand’s five Investec Super Rugby clubs are represented. With 1,484 caps spread amongst the 31-man squad, it’s a hugely experienced side, balanced with a number of newer All Blacks, with nine players having played fewer than 25 Tests. The side has an average age of 28.

The All Blacks will have a three-day camp in Wellington this week before the entire squad files around the country on Thursday 3 September for the hugely popular All Blacks to the Nation event, with the players being hosted by communities in Long Bay and Papakura in Auckland, New Plymouth, Greytown, Whakatane, Gisborne, Westport, Stoke, Dunedin and Mataura.

The squad will then reassemble in Auckland for a three-day camp on Monday 7 September before flying out to London on Thursday 10 September. Fans will get a final chance to farewell the team at a public training event at Waitakere’s Trusts Stadium the day before, Wednesday 9 September. Keep an eye on allblacks.com for further details.

Rugby World Cup 2015 – All Blacks Tests

  1. Argentina (4.45PM, Sunday 20 September, Wembley Stadium, London)
  2. Namibia (8.00PM, Thursday 24 September, Olympic Stadium, London)
  3. Georgia (8.00PM, Friday 2 October, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
  4. Tonga (8.00PM, Friday 9 October, St James’ Park, Newcastle)

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Keven Mealamu to take up new Rugby Ambassador Role

Nz_media14Keven Mealamu to take up new
Rugby Ambassador role
Focus on Auckland strategy and community rugby

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All Blacks hooker and Test centurion Keven Mealamu has announced he is hanging up his boots at the end of the 2015 season – but the good news for rugby fans and New Zealand Rugby is that he won’t be lost to the national game.

Mealamu is to become a New Zealand Rugby Ambassador working for the national body for the next two years, with a particular focus on the wider Auckland strategy and community rugby.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “We’re delighted to announce Keven’s appointment as a New Zealand Rugby Ambassador.

“He’s hugely respected by not only our organisation, but the wider rugby community. He has huge mana amongst the Auckland communities as well for everything he’s achieved and is the perfect person to carry out this role.

“As an Aucklander, Keven is well aware of the challenges we face in the greater Auckland region. He’s ideally placed to help us encourage more players, coaches and referees to embrace the game in the region,” Tew said.

Mealamu said he was “excited and humbled” by the opportunity.

“I’ve loved my time as a rugby player here in New Zealand and loved being part of all the teams I have represented, particularly the All Blacks.  While there’s a little bit more I want to achieve this year before I hang up my boots, it’s cool to know that I am going to be still involved in rugby in this new role.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to support the game which I love and which has given me so much, and in my Rugby Ambassador role I look forward to giving back to the game, to the Auckland region, the wider community, and to New Zealand Rugby.”

Mealamu will also be involved in promotion of New Zealand Rugby’s other community, educational and social responsibility initiatives (e.g. the Applaud sideline behaviour programme) and will also play an ambassadorial role within New Zealand Rugby’s commercial, charity and VIP programmes.

Keven Mealamu has played 126 Tests so far for the All Blacks and is the most capped Investec Super Rugby player in history, with 175 appearances. He has been involved in New Zealand Rugby for more than 30 years since first being selected as a flanker in the schoolboy New Zealand Under 16 side in 1995.  He was encouraged to switch to hooker and quickly adapted to the front row and the core essentials of a modern hooker, as a solid scrummager and accurate lineout thrower, but always retained many of the instincts of a loose forward with his mobility and skills in the open.  He made his provincial debut for Auckland in 1999, Super Rugby debut in 2000 and All Blacks debut in 2002.  Off-field, he has been involved in numerous community and charity causes over the years: a talented illustrator, he has collaborated on a number of children’s books as part of a project to support young children at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital.


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RR World Rankings – 23rd August 2015

rrrank_newNew Zealand still lead the way for the 96th consecutive week.

After the fall from grace of South Africa a number of weeks ago , the mantle has now been passed onto England who after a narrow victory of France last week, they could not back up that performance Against France in the return match. The consequence is a drop from 4th to 5th place , swapping positions with South Africa.ocean1

Scotland re-enter the Top 10 in 10th place after their win against the Italians while Samoa fall to 11th place.

The USA though continue their RWC build-up with a strong win over the Canadians lifting then 2 positions to 13th.

And the Oceania Cup is in fall swing with American Samoa & Papua New Guinea opened the competition with victories.

The full round up of results since our last update are:

Latest RESULTS
22-Aug-15 International ITALY 12 v 16 SCOTLAND
22-Aug-15 International JAPAN 30.v.08 URUGUAY
22-Aug-15 International FRANCE 25 v 20 ENGLAND
22-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup SOLOMON.ISLANDS 15 v 30 AMERICAN.SAMOA
22-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup PAPUA.NEW.GUINEA 32 v 10 TAHITI
22-Aug-15 International CANADA 23 v 41 USA
 Matches coming up this week are:
26-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup TAHITI v SOLOMON.ISLANDS
26-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup PAPUA.NEW.GUINEA v AMERICAN.SAMOA
29-Aug-15 International SCOTLAND v ITALY
29-Aug-15 International JAPAN v URUGUAY
29-Aug-15 International BARBARIANS (UK) v SAMOA
29-Aug-15 International IRELAND v WALES
30-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup AMERICAN SAMOA v TAHITI
30-Aug-15 Oceania Rugby Cup PAPUA NEW GUINEA v SOLOMON ISLANDS

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FULL RANKINGS

allblacks1 0 = no Positional change , (#) = Positional change last week

NEW ZEALAND (Weeks at #1 , 96wks) / {RWC2015} = Qualified for 2015 RWC

RR Pos Test Nations Change Last Pos Rank
1 NEW ZEALAND 0 1 92.82
2 IRELAND 0 2 86.89
3 AUSTRALIA 0 3 86.44
4 SOUTH AFRICA +1 5 84.69
5 ENGLAND -1 4 84.22
6 WALES 0 6 82.91
7 FRANCE 0 7 80.87
  NZ Maori     79.35
8 ARGENTINA 0 8 76.86
9 FIJI 0 9 76.29
  British & Irish Lions     76.00
10 SCOTLAND +1 11 75.84
11 SAMOA -1 10 75.50
12 ITALY 0 12 70.80
13 USA +2 15 68.82
14 TONGA -1 13 68.26
15 ROMANIA -1 14 67.82
16 JAPAN 0 16 67.21
17 GEORGIA 0 17 66.00
  World XV     66.00
Argentina Jaguars     64.86
  Emerging Ireland     64.31
 18 CANADA 0 18 63.50
  Barbarians (UK)     63.00
19 URUGUAY 0 19 61.32
20 NAMIBIA 0 20 61.28
21 RUSSIA 0 21 61.11
  Emerging Italy     60.70
22 SPAIN 0 22 60.46
23 CHILE 0 23 57.23
24 KOREA 0 24 56.71
25 BELGIUM 0 25 56.39
26 HONG KONG 0 26 56.33
27 PORTUGAL 0 27 56.30
28 GERMANY 0 28 55.51
29 KENYA 0 29 54.82
30 ZIMBABWE 0 30 54.19
31 MOLDOVA 0 31 53.90
32 UKRAINE 0 32 53.84
33 NETHERLANDS 0 33 51.98
34 MOROCCO 0 34 51.18
35 CZECH REPUBLIC 0 35 51.03
36 PARAGUAY 0 36 50.37
37 POLAND 0 37 49.77
38 SRI LANKA 0 38 49.72
39 LITHUANIA 0 39 49.51
40 SWITZERLAND 0 40 49.34
41 BRAZIL 0 41 49.33
42 TUNISIA 0 42 49.09
43 MALTA 0 43 47.98
44 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0 44 47.61
45 UGANDA 0 45 47.13
46 COOK ISLANDS 0 46 47.11
47 ARMENIA 0 47 46.85
48 MADAGASCAR 0 48 46.30
49 CYPRUS 0 49 46.26
50 SWEDEN 0 50 46.06
51 GUYANA 0 51 45.96
52 SENEGAL 0 52 45.53
53 MEXICO 0 53 45.50
54 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 0 54 45.27
55 PHILIPPINES 0 55 45.05
56 CAYMAN ISLANDS 0 56 44.89
  USA South   44.87
57 KAZAKHSTAN 0 57 44.81
58 CROATIA 0 58 44.65
59 COLOMBIA 0 59 44.63
60 COTE d’IVORIE 0 60 44.60
61 MALAYSIA 0 61 43.66
62 ANDORRA 0 62 43.03
63 ISRAEL 0 63 43.00
64 SINGAPORE 0 64 42.85
65 LATVIA 0 65 42.31
66 VENEZUELA 0 66 41.66
67 BOTSWANA 0 67 41.08
68 CHINA 0 68 40.80
69 NIUE ISLANDS 0 69 40.45
70 CHINESE TAIPEI 0 70 40.43
71 LUXEMBOURG +1 72 39.80
72 BERMUDA +1 73 39.59
73 UZBEKISTAN +1 74 39.56
74 SLOVENIA +1 75 39.36
75 PERU +1 76 38.84
76 INDIA +1 77 38.81
77 HUNGARY +1 78 38.61
78 NIGERIA +1 79 38.49
79 GUAM +1 80 38.49
80 SOLOMON ISLANDS -9 71 38.35
81 CAMEROON 0 81 38.33
82 ZAMBIA 0 82 38.04
83 BARBADOS 0 83 37.59
84 SERBIA 0 84 37.11
85 IRAN 0 85 37.04
86 JAMAICA 0 86 36.99
87 INDONESIA 0 87 36.52
88 DENMARK 0 88 36.07
89 THAILAND 0 89 35.95
90 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 0 90 35.85
91 COSTA RICA 0 91 35.75
92 TAHITI 0 92 35.37
93 PAKISTAN 0 93 35.18
94 MONACO 0 94 35.17
95 AUSTRIA 0 95 35.13
96 BAHAMAS 0 96 34.99
97 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 0 97 34.80
98 VANUATU 0 98 33.45
99 MAURITIUS 0 99 33.19
100 NORWAY 0 100 32.61
101 GIBRALTAR 0 101 32.00
102 AMERICAN SAMOA +2 104 32.00
103 BULGARIA -1 102 31.22
104 FINLAND -1 103 30.48
105 ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES 0 105 29.84
106 SWAZILAND 0 106 29.25
107 GREECE 0 107 28.55
108 TURKEY 0 108 27.53
109 ALGERIA 0 109 26.44
110 LEBANON 0 110 25.93
111 SLOVAKIA 0 111 22.65
112 NIGER 0 112 22.40
113 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 0 113 21.23
114 AZERBAIJAN 0 114 20.09
115 BAHRAIN 0 115 20.00
116 LAO 0 116 19.10
117 LIBYA 0 117 18.97
118 CURACAO 0 118 18.88
119 CAMBODIA 0 119 18.80
120 TANZANIA 0 120 18.50
121 GUATEMALA 0 121 18.12
122 EGYPT 0 122 18.07
123 BRUNEI 0 123 17.00
124 JORDAN 0 124 16.77
125 REUNION 0 125 16.50
126 MONGOLIA 0 126 15.95
127 ECUADOR 0 127 15.46
128 MALI 0 128 15.46
129 St LUCIA 0 129 14.05
130 LESOTHO 0 130 14.00
131 BURKINA FASO 0 131 13.55
132 MONTENEGRO 0 132 13.10
133 TURKS & CAICOS Islands 0 133 12.50
134 GHANA 0 134 12.48
135 EL SALVADOR 0 135 12.27
136 BURUNDI 0 136 12.21
137 QATAR 0 137 12.20
138 ESTONIA 0 138 11.80
139 CHAD 0 139 11.30
140 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 0 140 11.20
141 KYRGYZSTAN 0 141 11.10
142 MACAU 0 142 11.00
143 MARTINIQUE 0 143 10.80
144 MAURITANIA 0 144 10.70
145 MAYOTTE 0 145 10.60
146 NEW CALEDONIA 0 146 10.40
147 BENIN 0 147 10.17
148 WALLIS & FUTUNA 0 148 9.70
149 AFGHANISTAN 0 149 9.60
150 PANAMA 0 150 9.57
151 BELARUS 0 151 9.50
152 DEMOCRATIC Rep. of CONGO 0 152 9.42
153 NICARAGUA 0 153 8.58
154 RWANDA 0 154 8.37
155 TOGO 0 155 7.85
156 NAURU 0 156 5.14


Past RugbyRedefined Rankings

2013 : 8th / 9th Nov18th Nov25th Nov1st Dec9th Dec22nd Dec

2014 : 3rd Feb10th Feb24th Feb7th Mar 17th Mar13th Apr28th Apr5th May13th May 3rd June9th June16th June22nd June29th June7th July 18th August26th August12th September6th Oct4th Nov10th Nov17th Nov23rd Nov 3oth Nov

2015 : – 9th Feb16th Feb2nd Mar9th Mar16th Mar23rd Mar19th Apr 7th May16th July9th August16th August


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France Name RWC Roster

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Thierry Dusautoir will captain France in a second consecutive Rugby World Cup it was confirmed this morning by French Head Coach Philippé Saint-Andre. The back-rower is one of five Toulouse players involved, a low number compared to the ten at Rugby World Cup 2007 and the eight in 2011.

A total of nine clubs are to be represented with all of Bordeaux, Castres, Clermont, La Rochelle, Montpellier, Racing 92, Stade Français, Toulon and Toulouse having at least one player on the playing roster.

The 31-man player roster sees the controversial exclusion of fly half François Trinh-Duc with Rémi Tales and Frédéric Michalak both included. Trinh-Duc has been the leading fly half in the Top 14 in recent years yet does not meet Saint-Andre’s criteria. Of note is that Michalak has been unable to start for Toulon and that Tales is set to also be out of the Racing 92 team this season.

Camille Lopez and Jules Plisson also both miss out despite being fit and having been used regularly unlike both Michalak and Tales. Like Trinh-Duc they will instead be playing in the Top 14 as will Pierre Bernard, another player to have arguably been a better fly half in the domestic league than those selected for the World Cup.

Saint-Andre has opted for just the two fly halves but has named three scrumhalves with South African Rory Kockott joining Morgan Parra and Sébastien Tillous-Borde. Kockott is one of five foreign born and raised players among the roster. The others are prop Uini Atonio, back-rower Bernard Le Roux, winger Noa Nakaitaci and fullback Scott Spedding.

In naming the 31-man player roster Trinh-Duc was joined by four others in missing out – prop Xavier Chiocci, second-rower Sébastien Vahaamahina, back-rower Loann Goujon and center Rémi Lamerat. They are to return to their clubs.

France will begin the World Cup on day two of the competition against Italy at Twickenham Stadium in London. A quick turn-around will see the French facing Romania four days later at London’s Olympic Stadium before having eight days to prepare to face Canada in Milton Keynes. France will then face Ireland in Cardiff, Wales on the closing day of pool play.

France
Forwards
Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Yannick Nyanga (Racing 92), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse)

Backs
Rory Kockott (Castres), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Sébastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Frédéric Michalak (Toulon), Rémi Tales (Racing 92), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Alexandre Dumoulin (Racing 92), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Brice Dulin (Racing 92), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont), Scott Spedding (Clermont)

 


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France hold on to beat England

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Yoann Huget’s second-half try fired France to a morale-boosting 25-20 win over England at the Stade de France.

Les Bleus dominated the first 70 minutes of the game, taking advantage of English indiscipline to take a 15-6 half-time lead, with Frédéric Michalak becoming France’s record points scorer with his second penalty, overtaking Christophe Lamaison.

Huget then went over early in the second half, and though England fought back with tries from Danny Cipriani and Jonathan Joseph, it was a deserved victory for Philippe Saint-André’s team.

England were not far off stealing the win, working their way into the French 22 in the dying seconds, but it would have been daylight robbery after being completely outplayed for most of the game.

As they had a week ago, France had the better in the scrums and the lineouts, where Tom Youngs really struggled.

Les Bleus still struggled to create chances, and almost paid for it late on as England finally started to play some rugby.

Still, this was a worrying performance from the visitors’ pack, supposedly the first choice, as they were taught a lesson for much of the game, while France look to be improving heading into the World Cup.

France took control from the start and opened the scoring with a penalty from Scott Spedding from long range after England had ventured offside.

It was les Bleus who were on the front foot, and when England strayed offside again, Frédéric Michalak slotted the three points, equalling Christophe Lamaison’s all-time record for points.

The French were dominating both possession and territory, forcing penalty after penalty out of the English, with Michalak slotting three more to push the lead out to 9-0, although he was off-target a couple of minutes later.

France were in complete control, but struggling to create try-scoring chances, mainly due to English indiscipline. The closest they came in the first half was after a charge from Louis Picamoles. Scrum-half Sébastien Tillous-Borde tried a chip over the top but Mike Brown just jumped highest to claim the ball and the mark.

After dominating at scrum-time a week ago, les Bleus earned their first scrum penalty on 25 minutes, with Michalak taking full advantage to stretch the lead even further.

England hit back straight away, when Yoann Maestri was caught holding on in his own half, with George Ford slotting the penalty.

However, Ford didn’t seem to be at his best, with one restart out on the full, while England were struggling to get into the game.

Another penalty, after a high tackle from Billy Vunipola on Yoann Huget, allowed Michalak to make it 15-3 as half-time approached, but Ford slotted a late three-pointer for England to cut the lead to nine at half-time.

England came out with more intensity in the second half, but again their scrum let them down, conceding a penalty which allowed France to drive back into opposition territory.

Having struggled to create real opportunities in the first half, France took full advantage of their first in the second, using first Picamoles and then Mathieu Bastareaud to draw in defenders. Having created some space, Michalak then delivered a delightful inside pass for Huget, who sliced through before stepping past Brown and sprinting over. With Michalak’s conversion, France led 22-6.

It could have got even better for France just before the hour, as they piled forward with Noa Nakaitaci down the left. However Michalak’s cross-kick for Damien Chouly didn’t go to hand, and while les Bleus got the ball back, it then went loose in midfield allowing England to clear.

Still, England were under pressure all game, and after a lovely lineout move sent Yannick Nyanga through, France tried to recycle quickly, only for Vunipola to slow the ball down and hand Michalak three more simple points.

England had struggled to create anything, but they finally found a way through with ten minutes remaining. After kicking to the corner from a penalty, the English maul struggled to make ground. However they then went through the backs, and Cipriani, on at full-back, escaped the clutches of Huget to dive over.

A comeback still seemed unlikely, but England fought back once more, and this time it was Joseph who got away down the left after a well-worked overlap.

Ford converted the second, but with England looking like they might sneak the win, France earned a crucial turnover and gratefully cleared into touch.

The scorers:

For France:
Try:
 Huget
Con: Michalak
Pens: Spedding, Michalak 5

For England:
Tries: Cipriani, Joseph
Con: Ford 2
Pens: Ford 2

The teams:

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé (c), 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Gaël Fickou.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 David Wilson, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Nick Easter, 21 Danny Care, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)


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Scotland end drought against Italy

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Scotland picked up their first Test victory since November 2014 as they battled past Italy 16-12 at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin on Saturday.

It wasn’t pretty in this Rugby World Cup warm-up clash but the Scots won’t mind that as it’s a win on the board ahead of hosting Italy next weekend.

Replacement scrum-half Henry Pyrgos crossed for the all-important late try to seal victory for Scotland, with few other scoring opportunities to speak of.

It was a good start for Scotland as they got on the board inside three minutes thanks to a scrum penalty which fly-half Duncan Weir converted.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later after Italy failed to release the tackled player on the ground but that was against the run of play, as the Azzurri showed a willingness to run inside the Scottish half. Left wing Leonardo Sarto was one man eager for work and made decent ground.

Italy did manage to cut the lead down to three points when inside centre Gonzalo Garcia landed one at the second time of asking from distance. However, the margin was back up to six soon after as Italy number eight Samuela Vunisa was penalised for not rolling away. Weir did the rest.

As expected, points were coming from the tee and not from tries in Turin as before long, Tommaso Allan stepped up with three points after the Italians had won a scrum penalty. With 25 minutes played in warm conditions, it was 9-6 in an even opening that was yet to open up in any way.

Allan would bring the scores level going into the break which was a fair reflection of how the half had played out at that the Stadio Olimpico.

Unfortunately for the spectators at the venue, there was little improvement to the spectacle after the interval but the home fans would have been happy to see Allan step up once again in the 62nd minute after a Scottish ruck infringement. Still though try-scoring opportunities weren’t forthcoming.

But that all changed with eight minutes remaining in a poor second-half as replacement scrum-half Pyrgos’ support line inside Matt Scott gave Scotland the lead at 16-12 with Weir’s conversion.

Then it was a case of seeing out matters for Scotland as they ran down the clock to end their long wait for a win.

Man of the match: Was solid all game and set up the only try of the game. Hats off to Scotland inside centre Matt Scottafter a workmanlike showing.

Moment of the match: See above. With no tries on the board, the cool head of Scott allowed him to draw the last man and gift wrap a score for scrum-half Pyrgos.

Villain of the match: Nothing dirty to report in a poor game.

The scorers:

For Italy:
Pen: Garcia, Allan 3

For Scotland:
Try: Pyrgos
Con: Weir
Pen: Weir 3

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovambattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Valerio Bernabó, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (c), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Mauro Bergamasco, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Luke McLean.

Scotland: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 John Hardie, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Grant Gilchrist (c), 4 Richie Gray, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Henry Prygos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Damien Hoyland.

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)


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