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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Eagles Move To 15th In World Rugby Rankings


Despite losing to Australia the Eagles have moved up to 15th in the World Rugby rankings. They have slowly been gathering up enough points this summer with a pair of wins over Canada and a close loss to Samoa. Their big loss to Tonga didn't help but the fact that they have played number one and number two in the rankings over the last year has helped them, even though they suffered losses. The move up in the rankings will be a boost ahead of the World Cup where they face third ranked South Africa (moved up from fourth), 10th ranked Scotland, 12th ranked Samoa, and 13th ranked Japan (up from 14). New Zealand and Australia are still the number one and number two ranked sides. Followed by South Africa and England.

At this point last year the U.S. were ranked 18th. Thanks to a solid November tour they moved up to 16th. That was the same position they were at when the draw for the World Cup was held back in 2012. Prior to the 2011 World Cup the team was ranked 17th. The highest the team has been in the rankings is 14th back in 2007 quickly followed by the lowest of 20th in 2008.

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  1. "They have slowly been gathering up enough points this summer with ... a close loss to Samoa. ... the fact that they have played number one and number two in the rankings over the last year has helped them, even though they suffered losses."

    No. That's not how the rankings work at all. According to World Rugby's website - http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/explanation - "In this system, you can't win points for losing, or lose points for winning."

    We didn't "gather points" by losing to Samoa. Our rating went from 67.61 to 67.09. Losing to Australia (like New Zealand last year) didn't help us, it was immaterial; our rating was so far below theirs that losing to them couldn't affect it. Our ranking improved this week, despite our rating not changing at all, due solely to Georgia's loss against Japan.

    "The move up in the rankings will be a boost ahead of the World Cup"

    Why? Does it mean we are better than we were last week, and more likely to win a game? Is their some sort of psychological boost from passing Georgia while standing still because they lost to our most important opponent?

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    1. Dude please calm down..... Go Eagles we are 15th now not 16th.

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    2. Go Eagles, indeed, no matter what our ranking. Still, I don't think it is unreasonable that an article about rankings should be based on some sort of knowledge about how the rankings system actually works.

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