Yesterday, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation published its latest international rankings following the completion of the IWRF World Championships that wrapped up in Denmark this past weekend. A historic first place win has moved Australia up on place to sit in first. Canada moved up to second, while the United States dropped to two places to third.
The next four places remained unchanged and reflected where teams finished at the world championships. The changes at 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were all a result of world championship finishes, with France the biggest gainer in the group and going up three to finish ninth. Germany and Belgium were the biggest losers, dropping three positions each to be ranked 11 and 12 respectively.
There was no movement for the last 14 teams who did not participate in the World Championships. The next ranking period may be more interesting as there are two tournaments coming up, including the Maximus Project Championship which may result in rankings for new teams including Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay who are all currently unranked. Brazil is hosting the event, and are currently the top ranked South/Central American team at nineteenth, with Argentina one behind at 20, and Colombia at 21. Rugbymania Summer Edition is also coming up, with 5 to 6 teams participating which may include national teams. In October, the 2014 Asian Para Games are also taking place with several national teams set to participate.