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Zurich World Rankings ahead of June Tests

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It includes the eagerly anticpated clash between the top two ranked nations, England and New Zealand, in Wellington on June 14 as well as Australia entertaining Ireland and South African looking for revenge against Scotland.

All of which mean there is going to plenty of change in the world order come the next update of the Zurich World Rankings on July 1.

Meanwhile, in the only action for the Top 20 nations in the month of May, the USA made a big gain after their comfortable home win over Japan and they rise above Romania into 16th place.

Elsewhere, the only notable shift was Zimbabwe falling six places to 39th in the world following their two away defeats to lowly ranked neighbour Zambia and their eastern rivals Kenya.

Zurich World Rankings (as of June 1, 2003):

1 England 12392 New Zealand 12063 Australia 11464 France 11395 South Africa 10456 Ireland 8937 Scotland 7838 Argentina 7629 Wales 70210 Samoa 68011 Canada 60312 Italy 59313 Fiji 56714 Tonga 523(-) 15 Japan 446 (-25)(+1) 16 United States 391 (+19)(-1) 17 Romania 38318 Georgia 359 19 Uruguay 30720 Namibia 294

21 Portugal 29222 Russia 282 (+13)23 Tunisia 25424= Chile 25124= Morocco 25126 Korea 24127 Cote d'Ivoire 24028 Spain 23429 Czech Republic 23230 Cook Islands 230(+1) 31 Germany 225(+2) 32 Ukraine 224 (+4) (-) 33 Poland 219 (-2) (+1) 34 Netherlands 218 (+2)(+1) 35 Denmark 211(+1) 36 Croatia 210(+1) 37 Slovenia 207 (-)(+1) 38 Switzerland 204 (+1)(-6) 39 Zimbabwe 201 (-28)(+1) 40 Brazil 198

(+1) 41 Latvia 197(-2) 42 Sweden 19643 Belgium 19344 Papua New Guinea 193 45 Chinese Taipei 19046 Hong Kong 18847 Paraguay 17148 Madagascar 16949 Arabian Gulf 163(+1) 50 Kenya 155 (+6) (-1) 51 Yugoslavia 150 (-5)(+1) 52 Trinidad and Tobago 147(-2) 53 Hungary 140 (-9)(-) 54 Austria 136 (-15)55 Bermuda 13256= Malaysia 13156= Andorra 13158 Thailand 125(+1) 59 Moldova 121 (+19)(-1) 60 China 119

(-) 61 Lithuania 109 (+5)(-1) 62 Singapore 10463 Uganda 101(+4) 64 Zambia 96 (+13)(-1) 65 Kazakhstan 93(-1) 66 Botswana 92(-1) 67 Sri Lanka 91(-1) 68 Venezuela 8769= Cameroon 7969= Cayman Islands 7971 Israel 7872 Tahiti 7273 Malta 6674 Bosnia 62 75 Luxembourg 57 (+9)76= Bulgaria 5576= Niue Island 5578 Jamaica 4879= Solomon Islands 3779= Peru 3781 Monaco 3682 Swaziland 3483 Barbados 2984= Mexico 2684= Norway 2686= Bahamas 2486= Guyana 2488 Vanuatu 2389 Colombia 20

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