Lastest Rugby League World Rankings - Australia's position under threat

Date: 30/11/14

For the first time since the rugby league world rankings were introduced, Australia’s position at the head of them is under threat.

Should New Zealand - who beat the Kangaroos in the recent Four Nations final in Christchurch to pick up their first-ever trophy on home soil - defeat the Green and Gold’s in next year’s Anzac Test and England on their three match autumn tour, they will go into top spot.

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Rugby League International Board predicts bright future & USARL now Affiliate Members of the RLIF

Date: 1/11/14

As Rugby League prepares for an exceptional weekend of international competition with crucial games in both hemispheres, the Chairman of the RLIF, Nigel Wood took some time to reflect upon the recent RLIF Board Meeting held in Brisbane.

"There was a clear determination by all around the table to progress the cause of international rugby league. It was a very constructive and progressive meeting"

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Australia at top of latest World Rankings with Scotland rising to fourth

Date: 23/10/16

Victory in the Ladbrokes Four Nations tournament has elevated Australia back to number one in the world rugby league rankings released by the RLIF, leapfrogging New Zealand, who they defeated 34-8 in the final at Anfield, Liverpool.

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Turkey and Bulgaria attend Rugby League European Federation congress for first time

Date: 3/11/16

A total of 16 nations attended the RLEF congress held in Bray near Dublin, Ireland last weekend, with delegates from Turkey and Bulgaria joining for the first time.

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Latest Rugby League World Rankings Announced

Date: 28/10/16

Current world number one ranked nation and Ladbrokes Four Nations holders, New Zealand, will have their position under threat by both Australia and England as the tournament kicks off this weekend.


If the Kangaroos are triumphant in regaining the trophy they last won in 2011, then Mal Meninga’s men will go back to the top.

“We are looking more at improving performance than being number one, that will take care of itself if we get everything else right,” said Meninga at the tournament launch at Liverpool FC, where the final will be held on 20 November.

Should England, under Wayne Bennett for the first time in competition, win the silverware for the first time – having been runners up twice – then they could also emerge at the top of the standings, subject to the margins of victory and the result between the Antipodean nations.
Scotland, who make their first appearance in Four Nations games, will start at ninth position and are keen to use the opportunity to play the top ranked nations as a springboard going into next year’s World Cup.
The Bravehearts qualified for the Ladbrokes Four Nations courtesy of their win in the 2014 European Championships against Wales, Ireland and France.

Outside of the top 10, Jamaica is the biggest riser, moving up from 27 to 16, a result of their recent spate of games against Canada (14) and the USA (10) plus their successful first-time matches in Europe against Ireland and Wales, who were ranked sixth and eighth respectively.

JRLA director of rugby Romeo Monteith commented: “We can justifiably be a top 10 nation with the cadre of UK and domestic based players we have."

“Our incredible performances against Wales and Ireland leaves no doubt in my mind that our strategy now to play games in Europe annually, alongside matches in the Americas Championship, is the way forward.
Monteith added: “Rugby league needs excitement outside the top nations, and with our unique Caribbean flair we stand ready to rock the world with reggae rugby league.”

Full Rankings

1. New Zealand
2. Australia
3. England
4. Samoa
5. France
6. Fiji
7. Ireland
8. Wales
9. Scotland
10. USA
11. Serbia
12. PNG
13. Tonga
14. Canada
15. Italy
16. Jamaica
17. Belgium
18. Russia
19. Spain
20. Malta
21. Lebanon
22. Cook Islands
23. Ukraine
24. Germany
25. Czech Republic
26. Norway
27. Denmark
28. Greece
29. Sweden
30. Netherlands
31. South Africa
32. Philippines
33. Niue
34. Chile
35. Vanuatu
36. Latvia
37. Solomon Islands
38. Hungary
39. El Salvador
40. Morocco

* The World Rankings are based upon the results in international matches over the past five years, with more recent results carrying a greater weighting. They also take into account the relative strength of the opponents and the level and type of competition.

Kangaroos vs Kiwis Teams for 2016 Test in Perth

Date: 14/10/16

Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga has named three debutants for the Test match against New Zealand at Perth's nib Stadium on Saturday night.

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Harmony Cup Uniting Rugby League

Date: 6/10/16

More than 600 women and teenage boys and girls across 46 teams will converge on Western Sydney this Saturday (8 October) for one of Australia’s biggest multicultural Rugby League carnivals, the ninth NSWRL Harmony Cup.

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RLIF Board adopts revised eligibility rules

Date: 11/9/16

At its meeting on September 6 the RLIF Board adopted revised eligibility rules for international rugby league to take effect from 1 October 2016.

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European Championship C 2016 Game 1 – Ukraine 46 Czech Republic 6 - Report

Date: 27/6/16

A crowd approaching 1,500 in Rivne, a city new to rugby league, saw Ukraine dominate as they defeated the Czech Republic 46-6 in the first leg of European Championship C, in hot conditions.

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