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NZ lose top spot in rugby league rankings

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

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. Australia are confirmed in top spot, having leap-frogged New Zealand in the latest world rugby league rankings.

The Kangaroos reclaimed the No.1 position from the Kiwis after thumping them 34-8 in the final of the Four Nations at Anfield on Sunday.

England remain third, losing ground on their rivals after their poor Four Nations showing while the biggest climbers are Scotland.

The Scots are up five places to fourth after becoming the first team outside the top three to take a point in the Tri or Four Nations when they held the Kiwis to an 18-18 draw in Workington.

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

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