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Bati placed in top 5

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati has climbed two places to fifth in the latest Rugby League International Federation rankings.

The national side gained substantial points in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup where they were semi-finalists to amass 201 points to become the top ranked Pacific team in the sport.

Fiji toppled Papua New Guinea, Wales and Samoa which were previously ranked ahead of us.

Australia has inevitably cemented their position at the top of the international rankings after their 34-2 world cup win over New Zealand over the weekend.

The Kangaroos boost 1108 points.

New Zealand remains second on 742 followed by England on 570.

France is on fourth place with 268 points followed by the most notable movers Fiji.

Wales, who failed to win a match in a tournament they were co-hosting, have slipped to sixth on 173 followed by PNG on 166 and Samoa on eight with 145 points.

Surprise quarter-finalists the United States have broken into the top 10 for the first time behind ninth-placed Ireland while Scotland, who also impressed, are 11th.

Australia and New Zealand are bidding to host the next RLWC.