McKee eyes a move up the world rankings

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee believes they have a chance to move up the world rankings if they gain positive results at the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan from this month.

Fiji remains in ninth position after last weekend with Ireland replacing New Zealand as the number one following their 19-10 victory against Wales.

Ireland heads into the RWC as top rugby nation with 89.47 points a fraction ahead of the second placed All Blacks with 89.40 points.

McKee said the world rankings were quite typical lately with some movements.

“For us if we are successful in winning games then world rankings will look after itself,” he said.

“The RWC year is when we can make up some gains if we are successful. For us it is about how we prepare to play and if we are successful then the world rankings will go up.”

Fiji’s best world ranking is eighth place having achieved it after the historic 21-14 victory against France last November.

World Rugby Rankings/Points: 1st Ireland (89.47), 2nd New Zealand (89.40), 3rd England (88.13), 4th South Africa (87.34), 5th Wales (87.32), 6th Australia (84.05), 7th Scotland (81), 8th France (79.72), 9th Fiji (77.43), 10th Japan (76.70).

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