World Rugby Reveals First Ever Women’s Rugby World Rankings
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World Rugby has today for the first time ever revealed official rankings for Women’s International rugby.
The rankings are based on the same formula as the men’s rankings with World Rugby compiling them based on international results dating back as far as 1987.
The reigning Six Nations champions, Ireland sit fourth with reigning world champions England just over three ranking points ahead in third spot. Four-time World Champions New Zealand top the pile ahead of France.
WR chairman Bernard Lapasset said:
After the success of Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and the excitement building up to the next edition in 2017 in Ireland, it’s vital for international teams to have a rankings focus that will drive exposure and interest as well as increasing the competition schedule, as it encourages member unions to play more test matches.It’s a positive step for one of the fastest growing team sports in the world, as it brings parity with the men’s game.
Here are the men’s World Rankings in comparison.