Korea rise up the rankings, eye off RWC 2015

Getty Images and James Mortimer     22 May 2013     Getty Images

The Koreans, who climb above Belgium and Chile, now occupy their highest position since April 2010 and know that a repeat performance in 12 months time will see them represent Asia in the Répechage for the final place at Rugby World Cup 2015.


Hong Kong remain 29th despite the defeat in Ansan, but their cushion of Moldova below them has now been reduced to under a rating point. They finished third in the Top 5 despite not having their Sevens players available throughout the competition.

The other Asian 5 Nations match over the weekend did not have any impact on the world rankings as a result of the 39 places and 14.09 rating points separating the Philippines from the United Arab Emirates, the side they beat 24-8 to secure their Top 5 status for next year.

Guyana were the other side on the move in the rankings, climbing one place to 58th on the back of a tight 19-17 win over Barbados in the NACRA (North American Caribbean Rugby Association) Championship., swapping places with Colombia.

The defeat was a costly one for Barbados as they fall four places to 71st with India, China, the Solomon Island and Andorra the beneficiaries.