Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Rankings At Stake This Weekend
National Teams - USA Men
Saturday's USA v. Georgia match will have big implications in the IRB Rankings.

The Eagles, currently ranked 15th in the world, will move up or down depending on winning or losing this weekend.

The USA is ranked ahead of #16 Georgia, but the way the rankings work, Georgia will go into the game with a higher ranking number. That's because home teams are given 3 extra rankings points when considering the result.

What that means is, is the USA wins, their ranking score will move up higher than Georgia's if Georgia wins.

Canada also has their rankings place at stake this weekend in their match against Portugal.

Here's how the rankings will come out:

Current ranking
Canada 14 68.59
USA 15 68.50
Georgia 16 67.40
Portugal 21 61.53

Bonus for home team: Georgia plus 3 points, Portugal plus 3 points.

If USA wins by less than 15:
USA ranking points increase to 69.69
Georgia ranking points decrease to 66.21

If Canada wins by less than 15:
Canada ranking points increase to 69.18
Portugal ranking points decrease to 60.94


If USA wins by 15 or more:
USA ranking points increase to 70.29
Georgia ranking points decrease to 65.61

If Canada wins by 15 or more:
Canada ranking points increase to 69.48
Portugal ranking points decrease to 60.64


If USA and Georgia tie:
USA ranking points increase to 68.69
Georgia ranking points decrease to 67.21


If Georgia wins by less than 15:
USA ranking points decrease to 67.69
Georgia ranking points increase to 68.21

If Portugal wins by less than 15:
Canada ranking points decrease to 67.18
Portugal ranking points decrease to 62.94


If Georgia wins by 15 or more:
USA ranking points decrease to 67.28
Georgia ranking points increase to 68.62


What does all that mean? Simple. If the USA and Canada both win, the USA passes Canada to 14th. If Canada wins and the USA loses to Georgia, they drop below to 16th. Canada remains at 14th. If Georgia beats the USA by 15 or more, the Eagles drop below Georgia AND Tonga to 17th.