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Australia extend lead as No 1 Rugby League nation

6th of June 2013
Australia extend lead as No 1 Rugby League nation

The latest Rugby League International Federation world rankings have been released...

The latest Rugby League International Federation world rankings have been released, with Australia stretching their lead over New Zealand following their ANZAC Test triumph in Canberra.


Tonga’s convincing win over Samoa on the same weekend sees the Pacific Islanders move up two places, breaking into the top 10 and overtaking the USA and Scotland. The two European Shield matches in May have allowed Russia and Serbia to close the gap on Italy, with Russia poised to move ahead of the 14th-placed Italians should they win in Padova on June 29.


Germany’s victory over the Netherlands sees them move from 20th to 19th place, while Netherlands enters the rankings system for the first time.


RLIF World Rankings – June 2013


1 Australia


2 New Zealand


3 England


4 France          


5 Wales           


6 Papua New Guinea    


7 Fiji    


8 Samoa          


9 Ireland           


10 Tonga         


11 Scotland     


12 USA


13 Italy


14 Russia         


15 Serbia


16 Lebanon


17 Cook Islands


18 Germany


19 Canada       


20 Norway        


21 Malta           


22 Jamaica      


23 Ukraine        


24 South Africa


25 Latvia


26 Denmark     


27 Estonia       


28 Sweden       


29 Netherlands 


30 Morocco     


31 Belgium       

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