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26th November 2012 15:42

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New Zealand All Blacks vs Australia 2012

New Zealand: Still ranked number one

With victories vital for countries to get the best seeding for the 2015 World Cup pool allocation draw on December 3 the end of year Tests have become fiercely contested affairs.

The IRB world rankings will be used to rank the 12 directly qualified teams for England 2015 into three bands for that draw. Sides ranked one to four in band one will avoid each other until the knockout stages.

Countries ranked five to eight will be in band two and the remaining four in band three.

If the pool allocation draw was to happen now, the bands would be as follows:

Band 1: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, France
Band 2: England, Ireland, Wales, Samoa
Band 3: Argentina, Italy, Tonga, Scotland
Band 4: Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1, Americas 1
Band 5: Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner

Only four automatically qualified teams are in action this weekend. Below is a table of exactly how this weekend's results could affect the automatically qualified teams' ratings points.

England v New Zealand, Twickenham

Current rating: England 81.07; New Zealand 92.91
If home team wins by more than 15 points: Eng 83.90; NZ 90.08
If home team wins by 15 points or less: Eng 82.95; NZ 91.03
If away team wins by 15 points or less: Eng 80.95; NZ 93.03
If away team wins by more than 15 points: Eng 80.90; NZ 93.08
If it's a tie: Eng 81.95; NZ 92.03

Wales v Australia, Cardiff

Current rating: Wales 78.95; Australia 86.31
If home team wins by more than 15 points: Wal 81.11; Aus 84.16
If home team wins by 15 points or less: Wal 80.39; Aus 84.87
If away team wins by 15 points or less: Wal 78.39; Aus 86.87
If away team wins by more than 15 points: Wal 78.11; Aus 87.16
If it's a tie: Wal 79.39; Aus 85.87

Top 20 in the latest IRB rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.91
2. South Africa 86.94
3. Australia 86.31
4. France 85.07
5. England 81.07
6. Ireland 80.22
7. Wales 78.95
8. Samoa 78.71
9. Argentina 78.71
10. Italy 76.24
11. Tonga 76.10
12. Scotland 75.83
13. Fiji 71.52
14. Canada 71.41
15. Japan 70.09
16. USA 68.32
17. Georgia 65.83
18. Spain 63.09
19. Romania 62.12
20. Russia 61.49

With thanks to the IRB

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