November 13, 2012
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Fiji stays put, France knocks out England

Fiji remained 14th in the revised IRB ranking as a result of the first round of November Tests where the Flying Fijians copped a 54-12 loss to England Sunday.

The big win also did not boost the Red Rose’s rating points because of the 10 places and 12.49 rating points separating the two teams. Rather, the English have been bumped out of their fourth spot to fifth by the French following their big 33-6 win over the Wallabies at Stade de France Sunday.

Fiji maintains their 70.60 ranking points and will need to win the 2013 Oceania Cup to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

And if the RWC2015 pool draws were to be done today, Fiji provided they win the 2013 Oceania Cup will be grouped with New Zealand, England, Scotland and the top Africa qualifier.

On 3 December, the rankings will determine the seeding for the 12 directly qualified teams for England 2015. The teams ranked one to four will be kept apart at the pool stage, which makes the battle for a top-four spot especially relevant.

As the rankings stand after the first weekend of a packed month of internationals, France would avoid New Zealand, South Africa and Australia until at least the quarter-finals.

Australia, meanwhile, drop from second to third in the rankings with the heavy loss in France and are now less than a quarter of a rating point ahead of the French.

The Springboks’ 16-12 victory sees them move to second behind New Zealand at the expense of Wallabies loss.

As they stand, the Pool Allocation Draw seedings would be:
Band 1: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, France
Band 2: England, Wales, Argentina, Ireland
Band 3: Scotland, Samoa, Italy, Tonga
Band 4: Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1, Americas 1
Band 5: Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner

Leading IRB World Rankings on November 13 (position, (last week's position), country, rating points):
01 (01) New Zealand 92.91
02 (03) South Africa 85.90
03 (02) Australia 84.82
04 (05) France 84.58
05 (04) England 83.09
06 (06) Wales 80.60
07 (08) Argentina 80.29
08 (07) Ireland 79.04
09 (09) Scotland 77.97
10 (10) Samoa 77.14
11 (11) Italy 76.61
12 (12) Tonga 74.22
13 (13) Canada 71.39
14 (14) Fiji 70.60
15 (15) Japan 68.89

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