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PNG moves 4 places up on International Rugby League World Ranking

Papua New Guinea are one of the big movers in both the men’s and women’s rankings. The men have been recognised for their progress in the past 12 months as they move from 10th to 6th place and in the women’s section, from 6th place to 4th.

Kumuls head coach, Michael Marum sees the rise up the rankings as a natural part of their journey saying: “The PNG Kumuls going from 10th spot to 6th spot is really good for us. We can only go higher with more international fixtures.”

Orchids coach, Bagelo Solien commented:

“Going up two spots from 6th to 4th is pleasing after two test matches and we can only get better from here. It is good for the Women’s game nationally and internationally” .

Great Britain Lions being tackled by PNG Kumuls players : Photo by Troy Taule

The New Zealand Kiwis have moved to No 1 in the International Rugby League world rankings.

The Kiwis have supplanted world champions Australia at the top of the international game with the latest rankings update coming at the conclusion of the 2019 test programme.

The Kiwis have built on their 2018 victories over Australia and England and their recent successes against Great Britain and Tonga to take the No 1 position.

New Zealand have won four of their last five tests to move up three ranking places in the space of a year.

Tonga remain in fourth spot but their historic victory over the second placed Kangaroos has meant that they close the gap on England who now sit in third place.

Rugby League world rankings:

1. New Zealand +3
2. Australia -1
3. England - 1
4. Tonga =
5. Fiji =
6. PNG +4
7. Samoa =
8. France -2
9. Scotland -1
10. Lebanon -1
11. Greece =
12. Ireland =
13. Italy +1
14. Wales -3
15. Serbia +4

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