Andorra are the biggest climbers in the latest IRB World Rankings with a three-place elevation to 59th on the back of a 22-7 defeat of Slovenia in their European Nations Cup Division 2B encounter in Andorra La Vella. The victory takes Andorra above Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Venezuela and condemns their visitors to a five place slide to 70th, one which sees Guyana, China, Niue, Hungary and the Cayman Islands all rise on position. Had Andorra’s winning margin been just one greater, they would have risen to 57th.
The other European Nations Cup winners over the weekend to enjoy a climb in the IRB World Rankings were the Czech Republic, who edged Poland 20-15 in Division 1B and as a result rise two places to 31st at the expense of Korea and Kenya.
Poland remain 38th despite the defeat at the Tatra Smichov Stadium in Prague on Saturday, although now closer to Lithuania and the Arabian Gulf below them than Moldova and the Netherlands above.
Finland now lie nearly six points adrift at the bottom of the IRB World Rankings after losing 18-10 to Luxembourg, the side above them in 94th, in their European Nations Cup Division 2D encounter in Jyväskylä on Saturday.
The victory improves Luxembourg’s rating by nearly a point and means they now trail Vanuatu by 0.23 rating points.