Ireland and Spain on rise in rankings

(IRB.COM) Monday 10 February 2014
 
Ireland and Spain on rise in rankings
Ireland have climbed above Wales in the latest IRB World Rankings

Ireland and Spain both climb one place in the latest IRB World Rankings after enjoying home victories over Wales in the Six Nations and Belgium in the European Nations Cup respectively on Saturday.

Ireland’s 26-3 victory over a Welsh side bidding to become the first to win three successive titles in the Six Nations era means that two sides swap places with Joe Schmidt’s team now sixth and Wales seventh.


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This was the only movement as a consequence of the Six Nations with England’s 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield strengthening their position in fourth and France remaining fifth after a 30-10 win over the lower ranked Italians had no impact on their rating of 82.05.

The only other match that did result in a positional change was Spain’s 11-6 victory over Belgium in Madrid in Division 1A of the European Nations Cup, a competition which doubles as the region’s qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2015.

Spain climb one place to 21st as a result, regaining the place they lost to neighbours Portugal after a 28-25 loss to Russia on home soil the week before. The defeat also sees Belgium slip one place to 28th with Chile the beneficiaries.

The two other European Nations Cup fixtures saw Georgia and Romania enjoy victories on the road in Portugal and Russia to remain unbeaten in the competition and leading the race to secure the Europe 1 and 2 qualification places for RWC 2105.

Georgia ran out 34-9 winners over Portugal in Lisbon to inch closer to Canada above them in 15th, while Romania have narrowed the deficit slightly to their rivals after a 34-3 win over 19th ranked Russia in Nebug.

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