Except for Canada-Russia result and Hong Kong's European tour in December, the GWC Rankings World Table is all but finalised. Yesterday's results saw some spectacular rises and falls. This is the beauty (and possible fault) of the GWC Ranking system.
New Zealand 39, France 12
This result propelled New Zealand to the top of the World Table for 2009, retaining their 2008 position. The result dropped France to 2nd place, and South Africa to 3rd.
Ireland 15, South Africa 10
South Africa were bounced again after this result. Ireland rose to 3rd, South Africa dropped from 3rd to 4th, Scotland to 5th, Australia to 6th.
Australia's win over Wales could not stop it dropping dramatically, as Wales was below them on the ladder.
Argentina 9, Scotland 6
This result had dramatic effects. Perhaps a little unjustly, it promoted Argentina to 5th, whilst it pushed Scotland, Australia, England (who had defeated Argentina) and Wales down a place
The other results did not have any effect on the table.
GWC 2009 RUGBY RANKINGS
World Table-2008 place in brackets
|1||NEW ZEALAND (1)|
|4||SOUTH AFRICA (2)|
|16||UNITED STATES (18)|
|28||HONG KONG (28)|
|30||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (30)|