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England v Scotland - Guinness Six Nations
World Rugby Men's Rankings
World Rugby Men's Rankings: Calcutta Cup loss costs England second place
An eventful weekend of rugby in the Guinness Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship led to a couple of positional changes in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
Rugby Europe Trophy 2018: Portugal
Rugby Europe Championship
Day of destiny for Portugal in Rugby Europe Championship 2020
Two great rivalries resume this weekend, as Spain host Portugal and Georgia take on Russia in the final round of Rugby Europe Championship 2020.
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RWC 2021
Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifying update: Europe
World Rugby and Rugby Europe have taken the decision to postpone the Rugby World Cup 2021 European qualification tournament.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Russia v Romania
World Rankings
Russia return to world's top 20
Russia were the only team to move up the World Rugby Men's Rankings following their victory over Romania in the Rugby Europe Championship 2020.
Liam Williams England v Wales
World Rankings
Wales and France seek pool draw boost
This weekend's matches could see changes in the top band of seeds for the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw, with Wales and France both able to climb into the top four in the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
Wales v France - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
High five for Les Bleus
Grand Slam-seeking France are up to fifth in the World Rugby Men's Rankings, their highest position for nearly six years, following their 27-23 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
World Rankings
Top band of seeds for RWC 2023 could be set for shake-up
After a fallow week, the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship resume with a set of matches that could have a significant impact on the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Spain v Georgia
World Rankings
Georgia overtake Italy in rankings
Ireland, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings, while Russia fall to their lowest position in over 14 years.
Wales v Italy - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Northern hemisphere bragging rights on the line in Six Nations
Wales and Ireland could both replace England as the highest-ranked northern hemisphere team when the Six Nations continues this weekend, while significant milestones are within the reach of Spain and Portugal if results go their way in the Rugby Europe Championship.
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Regional focus: Europe
Spain highly motivated to reach RWC 2023
Spain captain Fernando López Pérez is delighted with the way his team have recovered from the setback of missing out on RWC 2019 as they prepare to put their unbeaten run on the line against Georgia in Madrid this weekend.
Guinness Six Nations Launch
World Rankings
First international weekend of 2020 heralds start of new era
The jockeying for position in the World Rugby Men's Rankings ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw begins this weekend as the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship get underway.
Rugby Europe Trophy: Netherlands v Ukraine
World Rankings
Two for Hop and a jump for Dutch in rankings
Dutch winger Jordy Hop scores twice as the Netherlands climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings with victory over Germany, while Poland and Ghana are also on the rise after a busy weekend of international rugby.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019: Uruguay v Namibia
World Rankings
Historic Nations Cup win comes with rankings boost for Namibia
Namibia's maiden test win over Uruguay has seen the Welwitschias climb two places in the World Rugby Rankings, where the Netherlands find themselves at their highest-ever position.
Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations
World Rankings
Wales have grand designs on giving Gatland the perfect send-off
All eyes will be on Cardiff this weekend to see if Wales can complete a Six Nations Grand Slam and topple Ireland from second spot in the World Rugby Rankings, while also providing head coach Warren Gatland with an unprecedented treble.
Rugby Europe Championship 2019: Romania v Russia
World Rankings
Romania and Portugal among the top rankings movers
Romania, Portugal and Bermuda all climb the World Rugby Rankings, while Belgium's heavy defeat to Spain sends Brazil to an all-time high of 24th place.
Wales v England - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Wales hope to get second wind ahead of Grand Slam push
Unbeaten Wales could match their highest ranking of second if they continue their record winning run against Scotland at Murrayfield. We take a look at all of this weekend's matches in the Six Nations, Rugby Europe Championship and Trophy and the Americas Rugby Championship.
Americas Rugby Championship 2019: Brazil v Chile
World Rankings
Brazil equal their highest ever ranking
We take a look at how this weekend's matches in the Rugby Europe Championship and Americas Rugby Championship affected the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship: Belgium v Germany
World Rankings
Europe and Americas set for rankings battles
World Rugby Rankings points are at stake this weekend in the Rugby Europe Championship and Americas Rugby Championship. We take a look at the matches involved.
Rugby Europe Trophy: Portugal v Poland
World Rankings
Portugal overtake Germany in rankings
Georgia, Romania and Russia all win in the Rugby Europe Championship but Portugal are the only movers in the World Rugby Rankings after opening their Rugby Europe Trophy campaign in style against Poland.
Rugby Europe Championship 2019: Belgium v Germany
Regional focus: Europe
Big incentive for Belgium in Rugby Europe Championship
With the Six Nations and Americas Rugby Championship taking a break, our regular weekly World Rugby Rankings preview focuses on the second round of the Rugby Europe Championship.
Americas Rugby Championship 2019: Brazil v Canada
World Rankings
Brazil home in on record ranking
Brazil close in on their best-ever position in the World Rugby Rankings after a superb comeback win against Canada in the Americas Rugby Championship, while Georgia, Spain and Belgium are all on the up, too.
November Internationals 2018: France v Fiji
world rankings
Fiji reach new Pacific heights
Fiji climb to their highest position of eighth in the World Rugby Rankings, while Canada return to the top 20 after securing qualification for the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Canada v Germany - Rugby World Cup 2019 Repechage
world rankings
World Cup hopefuls Canada eye place in rankings top 20
Canada are on the verge of qualifying for a ninth straight Rugby World Cup as well as reclaiming their position among the world's top 20 ranked nations. We take a look at their repechage meeting with Hong Kong and the rest of the internationals taking place this weekend.
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Press releases
World Rugby statement: Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification, Belgium versus Spain
World Rugby will convene an independent disputes committee to examine issues arising from the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championship, competitions that doubled as the European qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2019.
RWC 2019 European qualification
Regional focus: Europe
Romania qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019
Romania take the Europe 1 ticket to Rugby World Cup 2019 after rivals Spain lose 18-10 to Belgium in their final match in the Rugby Europe Championship.
Ireland v Scotland - NatWest Six Nations
World Rankings
A weekend to rank with the best
As the NatWest 6 Nations and the European qualification process for RWC 2019 comes to a conclusion, we look at how this weekend’s matches will affect the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour: Madrid - Day 3
Regional focus: Europe
Los Leones legend Malo shares his World Cup memories
With Spain one win away from securing their place at Rugby World Cup 2019, we speak to Los Leones legend Alberto Malo, the man who led them into battle in their only appearance to date on the game's biggest stage.
Ireland v Scotland - NatWest Six Nations
World Rankings
Title-winning Ireland receive rankings bonus
Ireland celebrate winning the NatWest 6 Nations title by moving above England and into second place in the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour: Madrid - Day 4
Regional focus: Europe
Spain have World Cup in their sights
Spain are one win away from qualifying for their second Rugby World Cup after defeating Germany 84-10, while Georgia move even closer to reclaiming the Rugby Europe Championship title with victory over Russia.
Ireland v Wales - NatWest Six Nations
World Rankings
High stakes in Europe as teams chase silverware
Ireland and Georgia could both be winning silverware this weekend as the NatWest 6 Nations and Rugby Europe Championship enters the penultimate round.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour: Madrid - Day 1
RWC 2019
National Sports Council welcomes Webb Ellis Cup to Madrid
The Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour has arrived in Spain, where this weekend Los Leones will continue their bid to qualify for the showpiece tournament for the first time since 1999.
ARC 2018: USA celebrate
World Rankings
Eagles soar in rankings
To cap a marvellous weekend for USA when both the Americas Rugby Championship and HSBC USA Sevens were won, the men’s Eagles have soared to 15th place in the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018 - Romania v Russia
Regional focus: Europe
Romania remain on the road to RWC 2019
Romania beat Russia 25-15 to keep their hopes of automatic qualification for RWC 2019 alive and, at the same time, end the Bears’ interest, while Georgia took another step towards lifting the Rugby Europe Championship trophy with victory over Spain.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018: Spain v Romania
World Rankings
Teams in Europe and Americas target ranking gains
With the Rugby Europe Championship set to continue and the final round of the Americas Rugby Championship upon us, there could be significant changes to the rankings by the end of the weekend.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018: Spain v Romania
World Rankings
Samoa profit as Romania fall in defeat
Romania’s 22-10 defeat away to Spain in the Rugby Europe Championship 2018 has cost them a place in the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018 - Romania v Germany
World Rankings
All to play for in Madrid match-up
Romania can go a long way towards securing their place at RWC 2019 with a win over Spain in Madrid this weekend, while, in the Americas Rugby Championship, victory for Brazil in Canada would see them reach another all-time high in the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018: Russia v Spain
World Rankings
Spain profit from rare win in Russia
With the majority of games going according to the formbook, there was little change to the World Rugby Rankings following this weekend’s action with Spain the only side to improve their position in the world’s top 20.
Rugby Europe Championship 2018: Romania v Germany
Regional focus: Europe
Mighty Oaks continue World Cup bid in style
Romania record an emphatic victory over Germany to remain in pole position to claim the Europe 1 ticket to RWC 2019, while Spain stay in the hunt with a rare victory in Russia.
Rugby Europe Championship 2017: Belgium v Russia
World Rankings
Make-or-break time for Russia in race for RWC 2019 qualification
The RWC 2019 qualifier between Russia and Spain tops the bill in mainland Europe this weekend while, in the NatWest 6 Nations, a two-year high in the World Rugby Rankings is within Wales’ grasp if they manage a big win at Twickenham and Italy do them a favour in Dublin.
Germany v Romania - European Shield
Regional focus: Europe
RWC 2019 qualification resumes in Europe
The road to Japan 2019 resumes in Europe this weekend with the start of the Rugby Europe Championship 2018.
Spain v Romania
Regional focus: Europe
Better Linklater than never for Spain’s adopted son
Brad Linklater insists automatic qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 is not out of Spain’s reach as Los Leones prepare to participate in a crucial Rugby Europe Championship campaign.
England v Australia - Old Mutual Wealth Series
World Rankings
RWC 2015 revisited as Australia target second place
Second place in the World Rugby Rankings is on the line as Australia return to the scene of their RWC 2015 victory over England, while resurgent Fiji and Georgia could break new ground this weekend.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2017
Nations Cup
Uruguay on verge of first Nations Cup title
Uruguay staged a remarkable fight-back to beat Russia on a day of World Rugby Nations Cup 2017 action that also saw wins for Argentina XV and Namibia.
Press releases
Stage set for compelling June internationals
The 2017 June international window is set to deliver an exciting blend of tier one versus tier two fixtures and decisive Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers.
Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations
world rankings
Ireland reveal top hand ahead of RWC 2019 draw
Ireland’s 13-9 win over Six Nations champions England confirms their place in the top band of seeds for the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw.
Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations
world rankings
Seeds of doubt add intrigue to 'Super Saturday'
As England go in pursuit of back-to-back Grand Slams, a top four spot in the rankings is potentially the prize on offer for Wales in Paris, while defeat could prove costly for Scotland and France.
England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations
world rankings
Plenty still to play for despite England triumph
It’s England’s Championship but there is still the Grand Slam, a world record for consecutive wins and vital rating points to play for with one round of the Six Nations to go.
Scotland v England - RBS Six Nations
World Rankings
Scots prepare to leap into the unknown
Scotland eye a rare win at Twickenham and a place among the top four in the World Rugby Rankings as excitement mounts ahead of the penultimate round of the Six Nations.
Germany v Romania - European Shield
RWC 2019
Romania lead the chase for European World Cup spot
The third round of the Rugby Europe Championship produced wins for Georgia, Romania and Germany.
Rugby Europe Championship 2017: Belgium v Russia
world rankings
It's crunch time for Russia and Romania in RWC 2019 bid
With no Six Nations action to captivate us this weekend the Rugby Europe Championship and the finale of the Americas Rugby Championship take centre stage.
Rugby Europe Championship 2017: Germany v Romania
Regional focus: Europe
Germany get off to a flying start in World Cup bid
Germany stun Romania and Spain beat Russia as the RWC 2019 qualification process gets underway on an exciting first weekend of the Rugby Europe Championship.
Nations Cup 2016: Namibia v Romania
Regional focus: Europe
European nations look for fast start in RWC 2019 qualification bid
The road to Japan starts on Saturday for five teams as the Rugby Europe Championship gets underway in Brussels, Madrid and Offenbach, near Frankfurt.
Spain v Romania
Regional focus: Europe
Spain out to end 20 years of pain
Spanish rugby has enjoyed a few decent days in the sun of late but reaching a second Rugby World Cup would undoubtedly top the lot. World Rugby caught up with their captain Jaime Nava.
Scotland v Argentina - International Match
World Rankings
A rankings bolt from the blues
Scotland move up to seventh in the World Rugby Rankings, their highest position since September 2011, while Italy defy the odds to beat South Africa for the first time in their history on another weekend of surprises.
Ireland v New Zealand - International Match
World Rankings
Wounded All Blacks on revenge mission
Will an ill wind follow the All Blacks from Chicago to Dublin or can they avenge their shock 40-29 defeat at the hands of the Irish? Another fascinating weekend of international rugby lies ahead.
Germany v Uruguay 2016
World Rankings
Germany reach new high in rankings
Germany move to their highest ever position in the World Rugby Rankings after defeating Uruguay in their first meeting, while Wales and France are the only movers in the top 10 after an action-packed weekend.
Italy v Scotland - RBS Six Nations
World Rankings
Records, ranking points and the road to Japan
Trumping Ireland’s momentous win in Chicago will take some doing but with 19 test matches taking place across four continents and all the world’s top 20 sides in action, a fascinating weekend of rugby lies ahead.
Nations Cup 2016: Romania champions
NATIONS CUP
Romania retain the Nations Cup
Romania claim their fourth World Rugby Nations Cup title in five years with a 20-8 victory over Argentina XV in Saturday's deciding game at stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.
Nations Cup 2016: Argentina XV v Spain
Nations Cup
Argentina XV biggest winners on day one of Nations Cup
Hosts and defending champions Romania, Argentina XV and Emerging Italy are all victorious on the opening day of the World Rugby Nations Cup.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2016 captains
Nations Cup
A key step on the road to RWC 2019 for tier two teams
Six teams will begin their quest for glory when the World Rugby Nations Cup gets underway in Bucharest on Thursday.
Georgia - ENC Division 1A champions 2016
Regional focus: Europe
Life is just grand for Georgia and England
Grand Slam winners England swap places with Wales in the World Rugby Rankings while Georgia complete a clean sweep of their own in the European Nations Cup to remain in the top 12.
Germany v Georgia - ENC Division1A 2016
Regional focus: Europe
Germany and Portugal in relegation decider
With the title races in both the Six Nations and European Nations Cup Division 1A already decided, the spotlight now falls on the relegation battle between Portugal and Germany.
England v Wales - RBS Six Nations
Regional focus: Europe
England rejoice after Scotland victory
England and Georgia are crowned European champions with one round of the RBS Six Nations and European Nations Cup Division 1A remaining.
Giorgi Nemsadze - Georgia
Regional focus: Europe
Will the cross of St George be flying high this weekend?
We’re getting to the business end of the Six Nations and European Nations Cup Division 1A competitions with titles potentially won and lost on the penultimate weekend.
Italy v Scotland - RBS Six Nations
Regional focus: Europe
Scotland and Germany enjoy ground-breaking wins
Scotland, Georgia, Romania and Germany climb the World Rugby Rankings after another round of compelling action in the RBS Six Nations and European Nations Cup.
Maxime Medard of France - 6N 2011
Regional focus: Europe
France can be kings of the north with victory in Cardiff
Following a weekend off, European rugby’s top international competitions resume on Friday night with the Six Nations encounter between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Italy v England - RBS Six Nations
Regional focus: Europe
Rome victory lifts England up to sixth in rankings
Europe's elite international competitions continued with England and France maintaining their unbeaten starts in the Six Nations and the top three teams all winning in the European Nations Cup Division 1A.
Sergio Parisse
Regional Focus: Europe
Rugby to get the heart racing on Valentine’s weekend
Will there be a Valentine’s Day delight for Italy or is another tight weekend in store in the Six Nations and European Nations Cup? We take a look at the key facts and figures ahead of round two.
Georgia v Germany
REGIONAL FOCUS: EUROPE
England and Georgia lead as Europe's elite kicks off
Europe's international competitions burst back into life at the weekend with two tight wins and a draw in the RBS Six Nations and Georgia maintaining their lead in the European Nations Cup Division 1A.
England Media Access
Regional focus: Europe
Six of the best for Europe
After a dry January, the Six Nations and European Nations Cup Division 1A are back to whet the appetites of rugby fans around the world. We take a look at the key facts and figures ahead of this weekend's action.
Fiji
Tier two focus
2015 in Review: Tier two competitions spark best ever World Cup
We take a look back at the competitions that played a vital role in preparing the tier two nations for a ground-breaking Rugby World Cup in 2015.
New Zealand v Argentina - The Rugby Championship
World Rankings
New Zealand increase cushion in rankings
This week New Zealand celebrate a total of 10 years as the number one ranked team in the world, their current reign at the top stretching back to 16 November 2009.
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