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Kiwis cemented at No.2 in world rankings

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017
Boyd Cordner of Australia celebrates scoring his team's sixth try during the Four Nations Final which New Zealand lost, on November 20, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. © Alex Livesey/Getty Images Boyd Cordner of Australia celebrates scoring his team's sixth try during the Four Nations Final which New Zealand lost, on November 20, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

New Zealand remain locked in second place in the rugby league world rankings heading into the World Cup following their loss in the Anzac Test.

Australia will go into the four-yearly tournament further strengthened in top spot following this month's 30-12 dissection of the Kiwis in Canberra.

New Zealand, who were displaced from top spot after losing their hold on the Four Nations trophy in 2016, remain above third-ranked England while Scotland are still in fourth place.

Two new nations are in the updated list for the first time with the inclusion of Thailand and Uruguay, taking the total to 42 and reflecting the greater number of sanctioned internationals being played globally.

Tonga's 26-24 win over Fiji in last week's Pacific triple-header saw them move up one rung on the ladder to eighth.

Leading rankings: 1 Australia, 2 New Zealand, 3 England, 4 Scotland, 5 Samoa, 6 France, 7 Ireland, 8 Fiji, 9 Wales, 10 USA, 11 Tonga, 12 Serbia.

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