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New Zealand go top of the rankings

New Zealand have moved to the top of the ScrumQueens Women’s International Rugby Rankings following their 3-0 series win against England – but may not remain there for long.

The home series win against England moved the Black Ferns to the top of the ranking, pushing England into second and – as a consequence – France down into third. However, it is still very tight – a mere 31 points separate England and the Black Ferns, and if England had won the final game (or even if all three results in the series had been as close as the second test) England might still have retained the top position.

So close is it that good performances by England in the Nations Cup could move them back to the top again by the end of next month, particularly as – like all ranking system – there is bias towards the teams that are more active.

The U20s Nations Cup has also had a small influence on point scores, but not sufficient to change any positions (the ranking takes into account the results of all games involving officially selected national teams – apart from Sevens - though it is heavily weighted towards test matches).

The compiler of the table – Serge Piquet – has backdated his calculations to show how teams have risen and fallen over the past thirty years - and the highest (+) and lowest (-) position each team haveever had at the end of any month.

Ireland – currently in fourth place – have never been higher, having slowly but steadily risen from 10th in 2002. Italy have also moved up from 15th in 2006 to today’s 7th place – their best ranking since third in 1987 (when there were only seven teams). Spain have also shown steady growth since 2010, up from 12th to 8th.

Teams such as Canada and South Africa, on the other hand, have slipped down the rankings since 2010 mainly due to a lack of matches. However, as they are in action in the Nations Cup over the next few weeks both have a good chance to move up. The United States could even move above Ireland if they do particularly well - though going higher will be more difficult, the gap from fourth to third being quite significant.

Read more about how the rankings work here 

Country

Points

+

-

2012

2011

2010

2009

2006

2002

1998

1994

1991

1987

1

New Zealand (↑2)

4669

1

6

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

6

1

-

2

England (↓1)

4638

1

5

1

2

2

1

2

2

2

1

2

4

3

France (↓1)

4451

1

6

3

3

3

3

3

3

5

3

4

1

4

Ireland

4202

4

15

4

5

5

7

7

10

10

9

-

-

5

United States

4137

1

9

5

6

6

6

5

6

3

2

3

-

6

Wales

4025

5

9

6

7

8

5

8

9

8

5

9

6

7

Italy

3970

3

15

8

12

11

11

15

12

13

14

8

3

8

Spain

3948

5

12

10

11

12

10

9

8

9

12

6

-

9

Scotland

3837

4

11

9

9

9

8

6

5

4

7

-

-

10

Canada

3790

3

10

7

4

4

4

4

4

7

4

7

-

11

Australia

3500

5

17

11

8

7

9

10

7

6

-

-

-

12

South Africa

3456

10

18

12

10

10

13

11

-

-

-

-

-

*

Nomads
 

3126

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Sweden

2982

3

17

13

13

13

14

16

16

16

13

10

5

14

Netherlands

2944

2

15

14

14

15

12

12

13

11

10

5

2

15

Kazakhstan

2679

8

16

15

15

14

16

14

11

12

8

-

-

16

Samoa

2501

13

21

18

18

17

15

13

14

-

-

-

-

17

Russia

2074

11

19

16

16

18

18

19

18

15

15

11

-

18

Germany

1968

11

18

17

17

16

17

17

15

14

16

14

-

19

Belgium

1694

5

21

19

19

19

19

20

19

20

17

13

7

20

Finland

1580

20

23

20

20

21

21

-

-

-

-

-

-

21

Japan

1573

11

21

21

21

20

20

18

17

17

11

12

-

22

Hong Kong

1166

19

31

22

22

24

31

26

20

19

-

-

-

23

China

970

23

34

23

26

31

27

-

-

-

-

-

-

24

Norway

932

21

24

24

23

22

22

21

-

-

-

-

-

25

Switzerland

913

25

61

30

39

60

57

-

-

-

-

-

-

26

Singapore

874

25

40

25

29

26

28

-

-

-

-

-

-

27

Uganda

889

25

31

28

27

27

29

25

-

-

-

-

-

28

Kenya

884

27

41

29

28

28

33

31

-

-

-

-

-

29

Romania

826

23

29

26

24

23

23

-

-

-

-

-

-

30

Trinidad & Tobago

820

24

34

27

25

30

26

30

-

-

-

-

-

31

Fiji

718

18

31

31

30

25

24

22

21

18

-

-

-

32

Cayman

697

30

47

32

31

32

39

36

-

-

-

-

-

33

Thailand

684

24

39

33

35

38

37

27

-

-

-

-

-

34

Uzbekistan

680

27

34

34

32

33

30

-

-

-

-

-

-

35

Denmark

644

20

35

35

33

29

25

23

-

-

-

-

-

*

Caribbean Select

631

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

-

-

36

Jamaica

606

25

39

36

34

37

36

29

-

-

-

-

-

37

Tonga

541

24

37

37

36

34

32

-

-

-

-

-

-

38

Philippines

525

37

52

38

41

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

39

Luxembourg

501

27

39

39

37

35

34

-

-

-

-

-

-

40

Malaysia

488

36

57

40

38

39

44

-

-

-

-

-

-

41

Laos

467

41

50

41

42

50

46

-

-

-

-

-

-

42

Guyana

449

31

42

42

40

36

35

-

-

-

-

-

-

43

Brazil

408

35

43

43

43

40

38

-

-

-

-

-

-

44

Serbia

362

31

44

44

44

41

40

-

-

-

-

-

-

45

Rwanda

356

32

59

48

59

57

53

35

-

-

-

-

-

46

Barbados

304

41

46

45

45

42

41

-

-

-

-

-

-

47

Czech Republic

303

27

51

51

50

47

48

32

-

-

-

-

-

48

Bosnia & Heregovina.

265

24

48

46

46

43

42

28

-

-

-

-

-

49

Austria

251

29

48

47

47

44

43

33

-

-

-

-

-

50

Colombia

203

45

50

49

48

45

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

51

Zambia

186

37

51

50

49

46

45

-

-

-

-

-

-

52

Bahamas

182

48

52

52

51

48

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

53

Croatia

170

37

53

53

52

49

47

-

-

-

-

-

-

54

St Vincent & Grenadines

136

48

54

54

53

51

49

-

-

-

-

-

-

55

Portugal

128

19

56

55

56

54

51

34

22

21

-

-

-

56

Kyrgyzstan

127

46

56

56

54

52

50

-

-

-

-

-

-

57

Burundi

125

57

60

60

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

58

Venezuela

108

52

58

57

55

53

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

59

Cambodia

88

51

59

58

57

55

55

-

-

-

-

-

-

60

Hungary

83

43

60

59

58

56

52

-

-

-

-

-

-

61

Papua New Guinea

69

53

61

61

60

58

54

-

-

-

-

-

-

62

Zimbabwe

58

46

62

62

61

59

56

-

-

-

-

-

-

"+" and "-" indicate the highest and lowest positions ever attained.

*The rankings shown for 2011 and 2012 were those at 31st December, the rankings for 2009 were those at 7th October 2009, and those for 1987 are those at 22nd May. All other rankings shown are those at the conclusion of each year's Women's World Cup (which, in some cases, will differ from a team's final position in that tournament).

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