World Rankings

The Official International Rugby League (IRL) World Rankings are calculated on each nation’s performance over the current season and the three preceding seasons. 

Points are awarded to each team for each match based on:

  • The result of the match i.e. win, lose or draw 
  • The margin of victory (or defeat) - the larger the winning margin the greater the value to the rankings
  • The relative strength of opposition faced - if you play a higher ranked team that is of greater value than playing a lower ranked team
  • The date of the match – more recent matches are weighted more heavily - a result in the most recent 2 years is worth double a result 3 years ago and 4 times a result that is 4 years old
  • The importance of the match - World Cup matches are ranked top followed in order by World Cup Qualifiers, Regional Championships and one-off international matches

The points are then used to create the Official World Rankings by ordering the teams by virtue of the points gained over the four year period.

Only officially sanctioned matches played at senior level between two approved members are considered as part of the rankings

World Rankings

  1. 1
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    100%
  2. 2
    Australia
    Australia
    91.82%
  3. 3
    England
    England
    85.34%
  4. 4
    Tonga Invitational
    Tonga Invitational
    60.66%
  5. 5
    Fiji
    Fiji
    36.57%
  6. 6
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    28.53%
  7. 7
    Samoa
    Samoa
    22.09%
  8. 8
    France
    France
    16.69%
  9. 9
    Scotland
    Scotland
    15%
  10. 10
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    11.81%
  11. 11
    Greece
    Greece
    11.38%
  12. 12
    Ireland
    Ireland
    11.36%
  13. 13
    Italy
    Italy
    7.86%
  14. 14
    Wales
    Wales
    7.75%
  15. 15
    Serbia
    Serbia
    0%
  16. 16
    Malta
    Malta
    6.77%
  17. 17
    Norway
    Norway
    5.63%
  18. 18
    USA
    USA
    5.39%
  19. 19
    Poland
    Poland
    5.35%
  20. 20
    Jamaica
    Jamaica
    5.04%
  21. 21
    Hungary
    Hungary
    4.27%
  22. 22
    Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    4.16%
  23. 23
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    3.87%
  24. 24
    Turkey
    Turkey
    3.51%
  25. 25
    Netherlands
    Netherlands
    3.29%
  26. 26
    Spain
    Spain
    3.18%
  27. 27
    Canada
    Canada
    2.81%
  28. 28
    Nigeria
    Nigeria
    2.51%
  29. 29
    Solomon Islands
    Solomon Islands
    2.32%
  30. 30
    Sweden
    Sweden
    2.16%
  31. 31
    Germany
    Germany
    1.95%
  32. 32
    Chile
    Chile
    1.86%
  33. 33
    Ghana
    Ghana
    1.8%
  34. 34
    Morocco
    Morocco
    1.69%
  35. 35
    Vanuatu
    Vanuatu
    1.47%
  36. 36
    South Africa
    South Africa
    1.46%
  37. 37
    Russia
    Russia
    1.41%
  38. 38
    Cameroon
    Cameroon
    1.31%
  39. 39
    Ukraine
    Ukraine
    1.21%
  40. 40
    Colombia
    Colombia
    1.06%
  41. 41
    Brazil
    Brazil
    0.5%
  42. 42
    Belgium
    Belgium
    0.3%
  43. 43
    Denmark
    Denmark
    0.13%
  44. 44
    Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    0.1%
  45. 45
    Latvia
    Latvia
    0.07%
  1. 1
    Australia
    Australia
    100%
  2. 2
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    76.89%
  3. 3
    England
    England
    47.34%
  4. 4
    Papua New Guinea
    Papua New Guinea
    36.22%
  5. 5
    Canada
    Canada
    32.98%
  6. 6
    France
    France
    22.25%
  7. 7
    Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    22.13%
  8. 8
    Italy
    Italy
    14.05%
  9. 9
    Serbia
    Serbia
    11.29%
  10. 10
    Fiji
    Fiji
    10.03%
  11. 11
    Turkey
    Turkey
    10.01%
  12. 12
    Samoa
    Samoa
    7.5%
  13. 13
    Brazil
    Brazil
    4.87%
  14. 14
    Greece
    Greece
    1.7%
  15. 15
    Lebanon
    Lebanon
    1.06%
International Rugby League world rankings are based upon results over the past 4 years of competition. They are expressed as a percentage of the Number 1 ranked nation (i.e. the number 1 ranked nation is 100 - the other nations are expressed as a percentage)
  1. 1
    France
    France
    100%
  2. 2
    England
    England
    97%
  3. 3
    Wales
    Wales
    77%
  4. 4
    Australia
    Australia
    46%
  5. 5
    Italy
    Italy
    43%
  6. 6
    Scotland
    Scotland
    29%
  7. 7
    Spain
    Spain
    25%
  8. 8
    Ireland
    Ireland
    14%
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