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.

Namibia's thrilling 30-28 win against tournament hosts Uruguay in the second round of the World Rugby Nations Cup has come with the added bonus of a two-place rise to 21st in the World Rugby Rankings.


Picking up two points for beating higher-ranked opposition, the Welwitschias have overtaken Canada and Portugal and also reached their highest position since November 2017. Los Teros, meanwhile, have slipped below Samoa into 17th place as a result of the defeat.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands concluded their Rugby Europe Trophy campaign with a comfortable 50-3 win away to Lithuania. Already assured of the runners-up spot behind champions Portugal, the Dutch ran in eight tries in a victory that lifts them into the world's top 25 ranked nations for the first time.

Romania's first test against Chile ended in a 27-11 win for the Oaks in Valparaiso but the third of a rating point gained was not enough to lift them any higher than their present position of 18th.

Spain were also given a tough examination on South American soil as they were made to battle hard for a 22-16 win against Brazil. Los Leones picked up just under seven-tenths of a point for the win but remain one place behind Romania. 

In the Asia Rugby Championship Top 3, Hong Kong started their title defence with a 47-10 bonus-point win in Incheon against previously unbeaten Korea. Conor Hartley starred for Hong Kong with a hat-trick of tries.

With 1.43 rating points gained, Hong Kong move up to 24th place in the rankings, while Korea stay in 30th.