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Ranking: Elgon Cup win sends Kenya two places up
By Patrick Korir | Mon 28 May, 2018 14:07

Kenya moved up two places in the latest World Rugby Rankings, from position 30 to 28, after a 34-16 win over Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup on Saturday at Legends, Kampala.

As Kenya, now coached by New Zealander Ian Snook, went up by two above Germany and Chile, Uganda similarly went down, from 35th to 37th, with Poland and Ukraine directly benefiting to gain a position each.

Also read Elgon Cup: Kenya downs Uganda

Kenya and Uganda went to the game having dropped a point each from last week's ranking, at 30 and 35, respectively, due to other shifts.

Kenya is now within four positions of Africa's second ranked team Namibia. At 37 Uganda is just above 38th ranked Morocco who maintaned their position last week just as Tunisia (42) and Zimbabwe (44) and Senegal (49).

The six nations will, from mid June, contest the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that doubles up as 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

Chinese Taipei on the up

Also up in the ranking was Chinese Taipei who defeated Thailand 28-21 in the Asia Rugby Championship Division II title decider in Pattaya and as a result of the victory, and a 44-5 win over India earlier in the week, they climbed two places to 63rd with Luxembourg and Jamaica sliding one place apiece. 

Overall, the top 27 positions remained as is with New Zealand, Ireland, England, Australia and Scotland in the top five. South Africa, Wales, France, Argentina and Fiji close the top ten.

Additional reporting by World Rugby

Patrick Korir
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