Canada´s impressive victory over Tonga on Wednesday in Whangarei has seen the North American country climb up the World Rankings ladder to 11th position. The result means that Canada are now the highest ranked Tier Two team in the world with a higher ranking than Samoa, Fiji, Japan, Tonga, Romania, Georgia and the United States of America. A win vs Japan in the side next match would further enforce Canada´s abilities. While Canada defeated Tonga and gave France a good contest other Tier-Two sides have not gone so well. Rugby World Cup 2007 Quarter Finalists, Fiji, defeated Namibia but were wel beaten, 49-3, by South Africa. Tonga lost to both Canada and New Zealand which sees´s the country fall to 15th in the world and only just ahead of Georgia. Samoa are behind Canada in 12th after losing 17-10 to Wales on Sunday after they had defeated Namibia five days prior. The United States of America have also improved their IRB World Rankings after the USA Eagles defeated Russia in New Plymouth on Thursday. The result sees the USA rise to 17th ahead of all of Romania, Namibia and Russia who are all competing in New Zealand.
1 New Zealand
2 South Africa
17 United States of America
The Rankings are accurate as of September 19. The list only goes as far as to include participants in Rugby World Cup 2011.