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    year’s Grand Slam winners Wales have climbed into the top four in the
    IRB World Rankings for the first time on the back of their 26-13 defeat
    of Scotland on the opening weekend of the RBS Six Nations 2009. Warren
    Gatland’s side had gone into the Murrayfield encounter in fifth, just
    over half a rating point behind Argentina. However the four-try win
    over the Scots sees them move above the Pumas with an advantage now of
    0.34 points. VIEWTHE FULL RANKINGS >> Wales, though, are still almost four rating points adrift of Australia in third place. The
    only other climbers in the latest IRB World Rankings are Ireland, who
    swap places with France to move into seventh after ending a seven-match
    losing streak against Les Bleus with a 30-21 victory at Croke Park on
    Saturday. England remain in sixth, over a
    point above Ireland, after beating Italy 36-11 at Twickenham on
    Saturday to only improve their rating by 0.12. The Italians stay 11th,
    sandwiched between Fiji and Samoa. France
    may have slipped one place to eighth and their lowest ever position,
    but they still have a cushion of almost three rating points over
    Scotland, who themselves edged back towards Fiji as a result of losing
    at home to Wales. Consolidating positions in ENC The
    resumption of the European Nations Cup, which doubles as the region’s
    qualifying process for Rugby World Cup 2011, may not have resulted in
    any positional changes but Georgia, Romania and Russia have
    strengthened their rankings. Defending
    champions Georgia ran out convincing 38-5 winners in their first ever
    meeting with Germany at the Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark in Heidelberg to
    improve their rating points by just five hundredths and close to within
    seven tenths of Tonga in 13th. Romania kept
    up their impressive record against Spain by securing a 25th win in 26
    meetings with a 19-10 triumph in Madrid, a result which keeps them in
    17th, albeit now less than two tenths behind Japan. Sitting
    one place and 1.58 rating points beneath Romania are 2008 runners up
    Russia, who have edged that little bit further away from USA after
    following up their opening victory over Spain in November with a narrow
    18-14 defeat of Portugal in Lisbon. The
    home losses for Spain (21st), Portugal (23rd) and Germany (26th)
    against higher ranked opponents did result in rating point losses, but
    the trio still have a cushion of at least a point over those nations
    directly beneath them. © IRB 2007 | </span>Disclaimer | Privacy Policy |


      win all our remaining matches by 14 or more and not concede any trys and we will be grandslam winners, ranked two in the world with the Heineken Cup and Magners League Champions (Leinster and Munster respectivly [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]) amongst our provinces. should have a good tilt at 15 + test players in the Lions.


        Ireland's victory over Italy in Rome on Sunday
        not only took them to the top of the RBS Six Nations table on point
        differential, but also saw them climb one place to sixth in the latest
        IRB World Rankings. Three second half tries
        at the Stadio Flamino helped Ireland to a 38-9 victory over Italy
        which, allied to England's 23-15 loss in Cardiff on Saturday evening,
        saw the two sides who meet in round three on 28 February swap places. VIEW THE FULL RANKINGS &gt;&gt; Ireland
        now sit just over a tenth above England, but trail fifth ranked
        Argentina by almost a point with defending Six Nations champions Wales
        another point clear in fourth position. England,
        by contrast, have seen their advantage over France cut to less than
        half a point as a consequence of losing to Wales andLes Bleus' 22-13
        victory over Scotland at the Stade de France. Scotland
        remain ninth after the Paris loss, but more than three points behind
        their conquerors and only two tenths above Fiji. Italy are still11th
        following the loss to Ireland, but slip slightly closer to Samoa
        beneath them.



          2009</capti&#111;n><t></t>IRB World Rankings - 16<t></t><table ns:fn="" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><t><tr><th>Position (last week)</th><th>Member Union</th><th>Rating Point</th></tr><tr><td>1(1)</td><td>NEW ZEALAND</td><td>92.68</td></tr><tr><td>2(2)</td><td>SOUTH AFRICA</td><td>89.45</td></tr><tr><td>3(3)</td><td>AUSTRALIA</td><td>85.86</td></tr><tr><td>4(4)</td><td>WALES</td><td>82.51</td></tr><tr><td>5(5)</td><td>ARGENTINA</td><td>81.56</td></tr><tr><td>6(7)</td><td>IRELAND</td><td>80.49</td></tr><tr><td>7(6) </td><td>ENGLAND</td><td>80.37</td></tr><tr><td>8(</td><td>FRANCE</td><td>79.10</td></tr><tr><td>9(9)</td><td>SCOTLAND</td><td>75.47</td></tr><tr><td>10(10)</td><td>FIJI</td><td>75.24</td></tr></t></table>


            If ireland win the six nations Grand Slam will we overtake the Aussies in third place ?



              Wales' first loss in the RBS Six Nations under Warren Gatland against
              France on Friday night not only ended their back-to-back Grand Slam
              hopes but also saw them fall one place to fifth in the latest IRB World
              Rankings with Argentina the beneficiaries.

              The 21-16 defeat at the Stade de France means that Wales now sit just
              under a tenth of a rating point below Argentina, with Ireland only
              three-tenths behind in sixth following their 14-13 victory over England
              in Dublin.

              Ireland's third Championship triumph means they are the only side
              still harbouring dreams of completing the Grand Slam, which would be
              their first since 1948, and also results in England sliding another
              place in the rankings to eighth, swapping places with the victorious

              Even with the fall to eighth, England still have a cushion of
              three-and-a-half points over Scotland, who remain ninth followingtheir
              first win in the 2009 competition- 26-6 against Italy at Murrayfield-
              albeit a little further away from Fiji in 10th.

              Italy's loss, though, has resulted in a one place fall to 12th with
              Nick Mallett's side swapping places with Samoa to now trail the Pacific
              Oslanders by a mere hundredth following three defeats from three in the

              IRB WORLD RANKINGS (As of Monday, March 2):
              1(1) NEW ZEALAND 92.68 rating points

              2(2) SOUTH AFRICA 89.45

              3(3) AUSTRALIA 85.86

              4(5) ARGENTINA 81.56

              5(4) WALES 81.47

              6(6) IRELAND 81.18

              7( FRANCE 80.14

              8(7) ENGLAND 79.68

              9(9) SCOTLAND 76.19

              10(10) FIJI 75.24



                Scotland move to their highest ever position following their win at the weekend.

                They move to 6th with 81.20 rating, Ireland to 7th with 80.90.


                  does it really matter. we're going to be there anyway and the draw for the last three world cups was'nt exactly favourable when we ended up playing the pumAS.


                    we're lucky to be 7th and deserve to be on the fringes of
                    dropping out of top 8, we're not within a mile of the top table


                      Originally posted by Evil Omer
                      we're lucky to be 7th and deserve to be
                      on the fringes of
                      dropping out of top 8, we're not within a mile of the top table
                      Moodys just contacted IRB, Ireland downgraded to 10th.


                        Back to 5th.[img]smileys/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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                          Originally posted by davidos
                          Originally posted by Evil Omer
                          we're lucky to be 7th and deserve to be
                          on the fringes of
                          dropping out of top 8, we're not within a mile of the top table
                          Moodys just contacted IRB, Ireland downgraded to 10th.
                          IRB World Rankings 19:45 - 29 November 2010

                          Ireland’s rating upgraded by Standard & Poor's to 5th place</font> [img]smileys/cool.gif[/img] [img]smileys/cool.gif[/img] [img]smileys/cool.gif[/img]
                          Caoimhin De Burgh


                            eh? So Scotland beat the #3 ranked team and drop 2 places,
                            we lose to anyone decent we play and go up 2? What



                              No Scotland droppedone place this week. I don't know but I'm fairly sure we started this series ahead of the Scots in the rankings so I'd say their results have made inroads into the gap between the teams in the rankings. We moved above France because they had an even worse Autumn than usfollowing on froma bad summer.

                              The scotswent above us by beating South Africa last week with us losing to nz, the results this week moved us back ahead of them based on margin of victory, ranking of team and other variables like that which I don't understand. I think a victory by more than 15 against a team around you gives you better ranking points. I'm sure someone else can explain it better.

                              Considering we were ranked third before the 2003 world cup, the rankings shouldn't be taken too seriously though but their importance is increasing. You don't want to slip too close to the trap door of 9th place.


                                Vanuatu no 93 where the hell is that and hey jamicans have a
                                rugby team as well as a bob sleigh team!!
                                Grow the club to 10000 full members and theyll all have heineken cup tickets.....yeadh right lying b******s