The final of the La Vila International Rugby Cup in Villajoyosa on Saturday marked the conclusion of any further changes in the top 20 of the world rankings for 2023. With a stunning victory over Spain, USA climbed to 17th place in the standings, surpassing Uruguay who finished in 18th place. Canada also saw a rise in their ranking after finishing third in the Cup with a win over Brazil, but they just missed out on the top 20, with Uruguay, Romania, and Spain finishing above them.
Atop the World Rugby rankings sits South Africa, following their recent Rugby World Cup triumph. With an impressive point total of 94.54 points, they hold first place. Ireland is currently in second place with 90.57 points. New Zealand has fallen to third place after losing out in the final match. France and England are currently occupying fourth and fifth place respectively, while Scotland is holding down sixth position despite exiting the tournament during its pool stages.
The impressive performance of Argentina throughout the tournament has propelled them to seventh place on the world rankings. Australia’s disappointing performance during the Rugby World Cup has left them languishing in ninth place on these standings. Fiji rounds out the top ten for this year’s rankings. Italy is just shy of making it into the top ten as they sit comfortably at eleventh position, with Japan, Portugal, Georgia and Samoa following closely behind them. The rankings continue with USA, Uruguay, Romania and Spain occupying positions within the top twenty for 2023.
Overall, this year’s La Vila International Rugby Cup has had a significant impact on global rugby rankings as teams compete for spots atop these prestigious tables.