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Ireland climbs ten spots in updated IWRF rankings

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The Irish national wheelchair rugby team climbed ten spots to the thirteenth spot in the IWRF rankings updated last night.  The big move from follows a second place finish yesterday at the IWRF B World Championships. This made them the biggest movers. Gold medalist France’s position remained unchanged at ninth.



Italy had the biggest drop of all teams, going down seven spots to be ranked twenty-third.   The team went 0 – 5 at the  IWRF B World Championships, including  a loss to Russia in the 7th/8th ranking match.   Russia made their debut for the first time on the rankings for the first time as the competition was their first IWRF sanctioned competition.


Other movers included the Czech Republic who moved up two positions after a fifth place finish at the  IWRF B World Championships.  The team went 3 – 2 in the competition, including a loss to Poland and a win over Austria in the home hosted event.  Austria, who went 2 – 3 in the competition, dropped three spots to finish ranked at eighteenth.


Switzerland, Poland and Israel all dropped one position.  The Netherlands dropped four positions.




Updated rankings

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


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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