Germany suffer rankings fall
As well as seeing their Rugby World Cup 2015 hopes dashed after Saturday’s heartbreaking 31-20 defeat to Russia, Germany have lost their short-lived position in the top 25 of the IRB World Rankings.
The loss in Hamburg sees Germany drop two places to 26th while the Bears, who now move onto the RWC 2015 Repechage, remain unchanged in 19th.
As a result Portugal and Korea both move up one place to 24th and 25th respectively, Korea improving their standing with a 52-22 win over the Philippines in the final round of the Asian 5 Nations 2014. The Philippines lose 52nd spot to Israel.
Asian 5 Nations winners Japan stay put, in 13th, despite clinching the title and a place at RWC 2015 after a comfortable 49-8 win over Hong Kong, who remain in 23rd.
Also in the Asian 5 Nations, Malaysia were crowned Division 1 champions after a 31-22 win over Qatar and Iran edged out Thailand 26-23. Neither result impacted on the rankings with one team involved either not a member of the IRB or only an Associate Member and therefore not ranked.
Argentina’s routine 73-12 win over Chile in the South American Championship sees the Pumas remain in 9th, while in the NACRA Caribbean Championship, Trinidad & Tobago beat Barbados 34-5 but the margin of victory was not enough to change their respective rankings of 49th and 78th.