Rugby World Rankings: USA make history with highest ranking
While Ireland understandably captured most of the headlines for their first home win over New Zealand, the USA made a piece of their own history some 2,000 miles away in Bucharest. We take a look at how this weekend’s games affected the World Rugby Rankings.
An emphatic 31-5 victory over Romania in Bucharest has lifted the USA to their highest ever World Rugby Ranking of 13th, continuing a tremendous year for the Eagles which has seen them win all nine tests in 2018.
The reward for winning by such a big margin was 1.34 rating points and, with an overall total of 73.66 points, they are now above both Georgia and Italy, even though the Lelos also won.