Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Stand Fifth in World Rugby's First World Women's Rankings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Women Stand Fifth in World Rugby's First World Women's Rankings

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Canada fifth in first women's rugby rankings

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TORONTO - Canada stands fifth in World Rugby's inaugural women's world rankings.

New Zealand tops the list, followed by France, England and Ireland. The U.S. is No. 6, ahead of Australia, Italy, Spain and Wales.

The women's rankings, released Monday, confirm that New Zealand rules rugby. The All Blacks top the men's table, with Canada 19th.

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset called the introduction of the women's rankings "another significant milestone."

"After the success of Women's Rugby World Cup in 2014 and the excitement building up to the next edition in 2017 in Ireland, it's vital for international teams to have a rankings focus that will drive exposure and interest as well as increasing the competition schedule, as it encourages member unions to play more test matches," he said in a statement. …

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