World Rankings

The Official International Rugby League (IRL) World Rankings are calculated on each nation’s performance over the current season and the three preceding seasons. 

Points are awarded to each team for each match based on:

  • The result of the match i.e. win, lose or draw 
  • The margin of victory (or defeat) - the larger the winning margin the greater the value to the rankings
  • The relative strength of opposition faced - if you play a higher ranked team that is of greater value than playing a lower ranked team
  • The date of the match – more recent matches are weighted more heavily - a result in the most recent 2 years is worth double a result 3 years ago and 4 times a result that is 4 years old
  • The importance of the match - World Cup matches are ranked top followed in order by World Cup Qualifiers, Regional Championships and one-off international matches

The points are then used to create the Official World Rankings by ordering the teams by virtue of the points gained over the four year period.

Only officially sanctioned matches played at senior level between two approved members are considered as part of the rankings.

World Rankings

International Rugby League world rankings are based upon results over the past 4 years of competition. They are expressed as a percentage of the Number 1 ranked nation (i.e. the number 1 ranked nation is 100 - the other nations are expressed as a percentage)
  1. 1
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    100%
  2. 2
    England
    England
    79%
  3. 3
    Tonga
    Tonga
    69%
  4. 4
    Australia
    Australia
    60%
  5. 5
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    34%
  6. 6
    Fiji
    Fiji
    30%
  7. 7
    France
    France
    21%
  8. 8
    Samoa
    Samoa
    19%
  9. 9
    Serbia
    Serbia
    18%
  10. 10
    Greece
    Greece
    15%
  11. 11
    Scotland
    Scotland
    13%
  12. 12
    Ireland
    Ireland
    12%
  13. 13
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    10%
  14. 14
    Netherlands
    Netherlands
    10%
  15. 15
    Malta
    Malta
    9%
  16. 16
    Italy
    Italy
    8%
  17. 17
    Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    8%
  18. 18
    Jamaica
    Jamaica
    7%
  19. 19
    Turkey
    Turkey
    7%
  20. 20
    Norway
    Norway
    6%
  21. 21
    Poland
    Poland
    6%
  22. 22
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    6%
  23. 23
    Wales
    Wales
    6%
  24. 24
    USA
    USA
    5%
  25. 25
    Ukraine
    Ukraine
    4%
  26. 26
    Philippines
    Philippines
    4%
  27. 27
    Nigeria
    Nigeria
    4%
  28. 28
    Spain
    Spain
    4%
  29. 29
    Germany
    Germany
    4%
  30. 30
    Hungary
    Hungary
    3%
  31. 31
    Ghana
    Ghana
    3%
  32. 32
    Sweden
    Sweden
    3%
  33. 33
    Morocco
    Morocco
    3%
  34. 34
    Cameroon
    Cameroon
    2%
  35. 35
    Russia
    Russia
    2%
  36. 36
    Canada
    Canada
    2%
  37. 37
    Solomon Islands
    Solomon Islands
    2%
  38. 38
    South Africa
    South Africa
    1%
  39. 39
    Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    1%
  40. 40
    Vanuatu
    Vanuatu
    1%
  41. 41
    Belgium
    Belgium
    1%
  42. 42
    Brazil
    Brazil
    1%
  43. 43
    Chile
    Chile
    1%
  44. 44
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1%
  45. 45
    Colombia
    Colombia
    0.5%
  46. 46
    Denmark
    Denmark
    0.1%
  47. 47
    Latvia
    Latvia
    0.05%
International Rugby League world rankings are based upon results over the past 4 years of competition. They are expressed as a percentage of the Number 1 ranked nation (i.e. the number 1 ranked nation is 100 - the other nations are expressed as a percentage)
  1. 1
    Australia
    Australia
    100%
  2. 2
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    75%
  3. 3
    England
    England
    73%
  4. 4
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    49%
  5. 5
    France
    France
    35%
  6. 6
    Canada
    Canada
    30%
  7. 7
    Serbia
    Serbia
    22%
  8. 8
    Italy
    Italy
    20%
  9. 9
    Fiji
    Fiji
    19%
  10. 10
    Turkey
    Turkey
    19%
  11. 11
    Samoa
    Samoa
    12%
  12. 12
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    13%
  13. 13
    Wales
    Wales
    12%
  14. 14
    Ireland
    Ireland
    8%
  15. 15
    Brazil
    Brazil
    5%
  16. 16
    Greece
    Greece
    3%
  17. 17
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    1%
International Rugby League world rankings are based upon results over the past 4 years of competition. They are expressed as a percentage of the Number 1 ranked nation (i.e. the number 1 ranked nation is 100 - the other nations are expressed as a percentage)
  1. 1
    France
    France
    ?
    +80
    100%
  2. 2
    England
    England
    81%
  3. 3
    Wales
    Wales
    59%
  4. 4
    Australia
    Australia
    37%
  5. 5
    Scotland
    Scotland
    34%
  6. 6
    Ireland
    Ireland
    29%
  7. 7
    Italy
    Italy
    18%
  8. 8
    Spain
    Spain
    17%
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