23 Nov 2010

Tonga drop to 17th on IRB rugby rankings

10:48 am on 23 November 2010

Tonga has fallen behind Georgia in the latest IRB World Rugby Rankings released today.

The Ikale Tahi slipped one place to 17th in the world, partly due to not having played a test match since June.

New Zealand remain atop the list, well clear of Tri-Nations rivals Australia and South Africa who've swap places.

Scotland are rewarded for upsetting the world champion Springboks, climbing two spots to sixth, their highest ever position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.

England are still the leading northern hemisphere nation in fourth place after they beat Samoa 26-13 at Twickenham.

Samoa remain in 11th place, one behind Pacific rivals Fiji.