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
    Tonga
    Tonga
    68%
  3. 3
    England
    England
    64%
  4. 4
    Australia
    Australia
    52%
  5. 5
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    36%
  6. 6
    Fiji
    Fiji
    29%
  7. 7
    Samoa
    Samoa
    17%
  8. 8
    Serbia
    Serbia
    17%
  9. 9
    France
    France
    16%
  10. 10
    Malta
    Malta
    14%
  11. 11
    Greece
    Greece
    13%
  12. 12
    Ireland
    Ireland
    11%
  13. 13
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    11%
  14. 14
    Netherlands
    Netherlands
    11%
  15. 15
    Scotland
    Scotland
    11%
  16. 16
    Wales
    Wales
    8%
  17. 17
    Italy
    Italy
    8%
  18. 18
    Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    8%
  19. 19
    Turkey
    Turkey
    7%
  20. 20
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    6%
  21. 21
    Jamaica
    Jamaica
    6%
  22. 22
    Poland
    Poland
    6%
  23. 23
    Norway
    Norway
    5%
  24. 24
    Philippines
    Philippines
    5%
  25. 25
    Germany
    Germany
    4%
  26. 26
    Ukraine
    Ukraine
    4%
  27. 27
    USA
    USA
    4%
  28. 28
    Nigeria
    Nigeria
    3%
  29. 29
    Spain
    Spain
    3%
  30. 30
    South Africa
    South Africa
    3%
  31. 31
    Ghana
    Ghana
    3%
  32. 32
    Chile
    Chile
    3%
  33. 33
    Morocco
    Morocco
    3%
  34. 34
    Sweden
    Sweden
    2%
  35. 35
    Hungary
    Hungary
    2%
  36. 36
    Cameroon
    Cameroon
    2%
  37. 37
    Russia
    Russia
    2%
  38. 38
    Canada
    Canada
    2%
  39. 39
    Solomon Islands
    Solomon Islands
    2%
  40. 40
    Brazil
    Brazil
    1%
  41. 41
    Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    1%
  42. 42
    Vanuatu
    Vanuatu
    1%
  43. 43
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1%
  44. 44
    MONTENEGRO
    MONTENEGRO
    1%
  45. 45
    Colombia
    Colombia
    0%
  46. 46
    Denmark
    Denmark
    0%
  47. 47
    Belgium
    Belgium
    0%
  48. 48
    Latvia
    Latvia
    0%
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
    95%
  3. 3
    England
    England
    93%
  4. 4
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    56%
  5. 5
    France
    France
    53%
  6. 6
    Canada
    Canada
    46%
  7. 7
    Wales
    Wales
    33%
  8. 8
    Serbia
    Serbia
    24%
  9. 9
    Turkey
    Turkey
    19%
  10. 10
    Tonga
    Tonga
    17%
  11. 11
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    15%
  12. 12
    Fiji
    Fiji
    11%
  13. 13
    Italy
    Italy
    11%
  14. 14
    Ireland
    Ireland
    9%
  15. 15
    USA
    USA
    9%
  16. 16
    Samoa
    Samoa
    9%
  17. 17
    Brazil
    Brazil
    6%
  18. 18
    Greece
    Greece
    4%
  19. 19
    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
    95%
  3. 3
    Wales
    Wales
    76%
  4. 4
    Ireland
    Ireland
    53%
  5. 5
    Scotland
    Scotland
    38%
  6. 6
    Italy
    Italy
    25%
  7. 7
    Australia
    Australia
    25%
  8. 8
    Spain
    Spain
    11%
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