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Fiji drops in rankings

Fiji and Samoa tussle for the ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji and Samoa tussle for a high ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji dropped a spot in the IRB World Rankings from 10 to eleven after the narrow 13-18 defeat to Manu Samoa last Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The drop follows recent promotion in rankings from 16th after the 2011 Rugby World Cup steadily moving up to number 10 before the drop in the latest status of the IRB world rankings this week.

Japan moved into number 10 after the 26-23 triumph over Italy with Scotland and Samoa, two of the teams they are paired with in Pool B in England next year, firmly in their sights.

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Fiji flying high ahead of World Cup test

Nikola Matawalu played a leading role against Tonga last Saturday. Photo: IRB

Nikola Matawalu played a leading role against Tonga last Saturday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

A fortnight away from their crunch RWC 2015 Oceania qualifier against the Cook Islands Fiji have leaped up two places in the IRB World Rankings table after beginning the defence of their Pacific Nations Cup title with a 45-17 win over Tonga.

The six tries to two victory in Lautoka saw them awarded 1.31 rankings points and takes them from 11th to ninth in the standings.

Not since 2007, when the Island nation made an indelible mark on the Rugby World Cup in France by beating Wales, has Fiji enjoyed such a lofty position.

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Japan on the rise in world rankings

Landmark: Hitoshi Ono won a Japan record 82nd Test cap in the victory against Samoa. Photo: IRB

Landmark: Hitoshi Ono won a Japan record 82nd Test cap in the victory against Samoa. Photo: IRB

Japan stunned Samoa 33-14 last Friday, registering a record seventh straight Test win to strike a psychological blow before they face the Pacific islanders at Rugby World Cup 2015.

The win – their first over Samoa on home soil in 15 years – also lifted the Brave Blossoms up one place in the IRB World Rankings to 12th – their joint highest position since the rankings began. Tonga drop to 13th.

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Fiji improves rankings

Julian Savea and Aaron Smith lead the celebrations after New Zealand snatch victory against Ireland in the last minute at Dublin. Photo: IRB

Julian Savea and Aaron Smith lead the celebrations after New Zealand snatch victory against Ireland in the last minute at Dublin. Photo: IRB

Fiji jumped two places to 11th spot after the side defeated Romania over the weekend.

After stalling on the 13th spot for several weeks the side leapfrogged over Italy and Tonga to gain the best rankings after the slump in form since the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

Fiji will be playing their last European tour match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

In the fray for top rankings, New Zealand finished their season as the number one side in the World Rankings, an increase of 3.73 points to their rating for the fourth year in a row.

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Four-year anniversary for All Blacks

Number One . . . New Zealand All Blacks. Photo: Planet Rugby

Number One . . . New Zealand All Blacks. Photo: Planet Rugby

New Zealand’s victory over England consolidated their position at the summit of the IRB World Rankings in the latest list released on Monday.

The All Blacks have occupied top spot since 16 November 2009 and for more than 80 per cent of the time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003, and the recent success means they now boast 93.81 ranking points.

This means a slight increase in their cushion over South Africa – pushing it beyond five rating points – after the Springboks ran out 28-0 winners over Scotland on Sunday. This latest win increases South Africa’s advantage over England in third to more than more than three points.

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Samoa eclipse islands’ ranking

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Victory over Wales pushed Samoa into seventh position in the world ranking. Photo: IRB

Samoa bested the ninth spot in world rankings reached by island teams at the end of last year after their win over Wales put them two spots better.

Tonga, Samoa and Fiji have reached the ninth spot on several occasions but the seventh spot Samoa reached elevated them to secure the best possible banding for the Pool Allocation Draw in London on 3 December.

Samoa has been drawn as second seed in Pool B after South Africa which propels them to an almost likely quarterfinalists berth in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in London.

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Rankings complete for RWC draw

Aussie Kurtley Beale scores a try against Wales last weekend. Australia has cemented their place at Band One after the win. Photo: Planet Rugby

Aussie Kurtley Beale scores a try against Wales last weekend. Australia has cemented their place at Band One after the win. Photo: Planet Rugby

The rankings for the 2015 Rugby World Cup draw have been completed following Saturday’s two internationals.

Wales’ 14-12 loss to Australia sees the Welsh drop into the third band for Monday’s draw, while Argentina move up into the second band as a result.

Wales went into their final Test of the year ranked seventh in the world, but following their defeat to Australia, both Samoa and Argentina will rise above them in the world rankings when they are also published on Monday.

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