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Australia climbs to number one in IWRF World Rankings

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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.



Complete IWRF rankings:

+1   1. Australia
+1   2. Canada
-2   3. United States of America
 4. Japan
 5. Great Britain
 6. Denmark
 7. Sweden
+2 8. New Zealand
+3  9. France
+1 10. Finland
-3 11. Germany
-3 12. Belgium
 13. Switzerland
 14. Poland
 15. Austria
 16. Italy
 17. South Africa
 18. Czech Republic
 19. Brazil
 20. Argentina
 21. Colombia
 22. Netherlands
 23. Ireland
 24. Korea
 25. Mexico
 26. Israel




Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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