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World Rankings - Vikings hammer down Germany

  • Monday, May 20 2013 @ 06:29 pm ACST
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Although not well publicised, a Denmark versus Germany international was played on the weekend, on Saturday 18th May in Copenhagen.

As a result of Denmark's 20.21 (141) to 1.1 (7) thumping win over Germany, the Vikings have climbed three spots on our World Rankings. There was much discussion previously as to whether the Danes were too lowly ranked, but as pointed out the best way to remedy that is to defeat the teams close on the ladder.

As a result of this match and the earlier shared series between Great Britain and Ireland, eight nations have seen either a rise or fall in their position on our World Rankings since our last formal update on 24 November 2012.

Great Britain (46.51 rating points) has climbed two spots from 9th to 7th at the expense of USA (45.87) and Tonga (44.73) pushing them down one spot each to 8th and 9th respectively.

Denmark's 134 point win over Germany sees them leapfrog over Canada (37.82), Sweden (37.41) and Germany (35.73) from 14th up to 11th place. Canada and Sweden have been pushed down one spot each to 12th and 13th respectively.

Germany has slipped two spots from 13th to 15th allowing Peace Team (36.46) to climb 0.73 rating points above them at 14th.

The standings of all nations currently on the worldfootynews.com unofficial World Rankings, and the rank change since 24 November 2012, are as follows:



Rank        Team Points Games Rank Change
1 Australia - steady
2 Ireland 54.78 40 steady
3 Papua New Guinea 54.66 29 steady
4 New Zealand 53.00 33 steady
5 Nauru 51.17 22 steady
6 South Africa 49.03 22 steady
7 Great Britain 46.51 45 +2
8 United States 45.87 36 -1
9 Tonga 44.73 9 -1
10 Fiji 40.18 9 steady
11 Denmark 38.71 42 +3
12 Canada 37.82 36 -1
13 Sweden 37.41 25 -1
14 Peace Team 36.46 11 +1
15 Germany 35.73 11 -2
16 China 34.36 11 steady
17 Japan 30.39 24 steady
18 Finland 29.02 13 steady
19 India 28.45 11 steady
Prov. Samoa 41.85 18 dormant **
Prov. Croatia 40.60 4 - *
Prov. France 38.23 7 - *
Prov. Spain 28.00 6 dormant **
Prov. Iceland 35.64 4 - *
Prov. Timor-Leste 27.40 6 - *


Spain has not played a qualifying full field match for nearly 8 years and so would be provisionally ranked either way (insufficient games and dormant too long). They must play an eligible match by 13/08/2013 to remain on the list (8 year cutoff rule). Samoa must play by 05/09/2016 to stay on the list.