DESPITE a poor performance at this year's northern hemisphere tour, the Flying Fijians have managed to improve their International Rugby Board (IRB) ranking by a spot.
Formerly placed 14th, the Inoke Male-coached team is ranked thirteenth behind arch-rivals Samoa and Tonga.
The Pacific neighbours, who enjoyed a good outing at the end of the year tour, significantly improved on their rankings.
Samoa is now placed in eighth spot while Tonga is ranked eleventh.
Flying Fijians manager Aseri Rokoura earlier told Times Sport they were expecting an improvement in their ranking after the 24-19 win over Georgia in the final match on tour over the weekend.
However, he said the team needed to work harder and improve in all facet to further boost their standings.
Rokoura said the Pacific Nations Cup and other international matches lined up for next year would provide the national team with a good opportunity to improve its ranking to boost its 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.
Fiji started the 2012 November tour with a disappointing 12-54 loss to England and the misery continued after the side lost to Gloucester 29-32 before being hammered 0-53 by Ireland A.
The national team with the local-based players arrives home today.