lunedì 15 luglio 2013

A proposal for a worldwide ranking of women unions based on IRB criteria

Since the IRB does not have an official ranking for female rugby, I tried, using the criteria of the board to calculate one.
I took into consideration only the last 3 years, i.e. from Jan 2010 and gave to the unions a starting number of points based on historical data.
Using the IRB calculations I navigated my way through the rankings and once reached a final ladder, I excluded unions that have in period played less than 3 games or do not have played any test match since Jan 2011. This e.g. excludes Australia, which has an overall ranking of 42.85 points, equivalent to 5 in the ranking, but has not played since the final for third place at the world cup 2010.

The up-to-date ranking can be found at this page


Here the results:

Position Union Points Previous
1 England 48.975
2 New Zealand 48.475
3 Ireland 43.79
4 France 43.35
5 Canada 39.25
6 United States 38.075
7 Wales 37.79
8 Spain 35.545
9 South Africa 34.99
10 Italy 34.77
11 Scotland 31.785
12 Kazakhstan 30.11
13 Hong Kong 28.925
14 Russia 28.86
15 Belgium 27.015
16 Netherlands 25.72
17 Sweden 24.655
18 Japan 24.09
19 Thailand 22.91
20 China 21.35
21 Uganda 20.12
22 Singapore 20.015
23 Kenya 19.88
24 Philippines 18.03
25 Finland 17.825
26 Laos 13.96

As all rankings could be made better and can disappoint someone, but I think overall it's not a bad reflection of the current status of women rugby.

I sent it to the IRB, let's see what their feedback.
Scrito da Diego Ghirardi Il 7/15/2013 02:38:00 PM Nessun commento

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