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NZ remain #1 in world rankings

NZ remain #1 in world rankings
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The Kiwis will take the world #1 ranking into their Four Nations title defence later this year. (Photo: photosport.nz).

Latest Rugby League International Federation rankings see New Zealand retain its top spot, despite consecutive losses to rivals England and Australia.

In their most recent outing, the Kiwis fell 16-0 to the Kangaroos in last month’s Test at Newcastle, after dropping a three-test series 2-1 in England last November.

But the accumulated points from the 2014 Four Nations triumph and 2015 Anzac Test victory see them still clear at top of the table.

The Kiwis will face Australia (second), England (third) and Scotland (ninth) in the Four Nations tournament, starting October 29.

Biggest improvers have been Papua New Guinea, whose victory over seventh-ranked Fiji last month sees them improve three spots to 11th.

PNG is already assured of hosting three pool games at next year’s Rugby League World Cup.

 

RLIF World Rankings (June 2016)

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