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Australia look to regain top RL ranking

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/10/2016

Cameron Smith for the Kangaroos makes a pass during the Test Match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis. © Richard Wainwright/AAP Image Cameron Smith for the Kangaroos makes a pass during the Test Match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis. Australia will return to the top of rugby league's world rankings if they win the Four Nations.

The tournament begins when the Kangaroos meet Scotland on Friday, followed a day later by England against the Kiwis.

New Zealand go into the tournament at number one despite losing their last three matches but their lead is tenuous.

England could also go top of the rankings with victory in the final at Anfield on November 20, depending on the result between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday week.

"We are looking more at improving performance than being number one," said Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga.

"That will take care of itself if we get everything else right."

Scotland, who make their first appearance in the Four Nations on Saturday, will start in ninth spot.

WORLD RUGBY LEAGUE RANKINGS

1. New Zealand

2. Australia

3. England

4. Samoa

5. France

6. Fiji

7. Ireland

8. Wales

9. Scotland

10. United States

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