- The Springbok rugby team are currently ranked as the 4th best team in the world
- Former England Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood has questioned the validity of the rankings ahead of the tournament
- The top spot in the rankings has changed hands on 3 occasions in 3 weeks as New Zealand, Wales and Ireland each enjoyed 1st position
Rugby followers are chomping at the bit for the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
However, those who have been tracking the performance of the teams based on the world rugby rankings may have been scratching their heads.
Most people would assume a ranking system to be the ideal yardstick to gauge the form guide, but what is the assessment when the nation at the top changes on a weekly basis?
Unbelievably, three different teams have enjoyed 1st position in three weeks as New Zealand, Wales and Ireland each had time at the top of the log.
Although the Springboks achieved an incredible feat by winning the Rugby Championships, they were languishing in 5th and only recently rose to 4th spot.
TimesLIVE reported that former England Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood believes the solution is to discard the ranking system for world cup warm-up matches.
Greenwood said, "I think after the Rugby Championships finishes you leave it until the RWC. World rankings during this period offer nothing to people.”
Briefly.co.za understands that the former England inside centre feels the rankings become irrelevant during this time as coaches use the matches to experiment with different players and combinations.
Greenwood added “It does‚ however‚ seem extraordinary that on the day New Zealand beat Australia 36-0 and Wales beat England‚ by whatever it was in Cardiff‚ the All Blacks can lose the number one spot beating one of the great sides by that margin.”
Current World Rugby Rankings
1 Ireland 89.47
2 New Zealand 89.40
3 England 88.13
4 South Africa 87.34
5 Wales 87.32
6 Australia 84.05
7 Scotland 81.00
8 France 79.72
9 Fiji 77.43
10 Japan 76.70
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