Kenya's women ranked 30th in world rugby
04 February 2016, 14:09
Nairobi - The Kenya Lionesses are ranked 30th in the world in the inaugural
women's global rankings released by World Rugby.
South Africa is the highest ranked African country, slotting in at
12th while Uganda are ranked 39th in the world and third in Africa.
The new system will be a weighted system with the number of points
available to the winning team proportional to the difference in ranking
points between the teams prior to the match.
Introduction of the women's rankings furthers anticipation ahead of
an exciting 18 months of test rugby that will culminate in the
much-anticipated Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Ireland.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "World Rugby is committed
to driving forward the competitiveness of the women's game and the new
rankings are yet another significant milestone."
"After the success of Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014 and the
excitement building up to the next edition in 2017 in Ireland, it's
vital for international teams to have a rankings focus that will drive
exposure and interest as well as increasing the competition schedule, as
it encourages member unions to play more test matches."
World Rugby World Rankings are calculated using a 'points exchange'
system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match
result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.
As a result of the relatively small number of matches compared to the
men's and the discrepancies in the number of matches played by
different unions, the effect that one result will have on the rankings
could unfairly skew the result. To combat this effect, it has been
decided to start all teams out on 80 ranking points (an arbitrarily
chosen figure which does not have any bearing on the subsequent results
of the rankings) in 1987, then for each year between 1987 and the year
that an individual union played their first women's full international
match two points are deducted from their total.
This deduction occurs up until 2007, so if a team plays their first
ever full international after 2007 then they will begin with 40 ranking
Similar to the men's rankings, teams will be penalised an equivalent
amount to a loss to a significantly lower ranked team per year if they
do not play any matches in the space of two calendar years.
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