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England and NZ a class above

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They remain some way clear of France whose recent World Cup form has seen them overhaul Australia for third spot, the top four teams favoured by the Rankings computer to now come through their respective quarter-final ties.

England are tipped to cruise past Wales by 52 points, New Zealand 26 over South Africa, France by 16 over Six Nations' rivals Ireland and Australia by 35 over the struggling Scots.

Little other change in the top 10 positions but lower down the sees a number of the minnows switch around, USA, Fiji, Romania and Uruguay all gaining places after their four RWC games.

Zurich World Rankings (as of Nov 5, 2003)

(-) 1 England 1322 (+24)   (-) 2 New Zealand 1318 (+40)(+1) 3 France 1147 (+43)(-1) 4 Australia 1143 (+35) (-) 5 South Africa 1029 (+23)(-) 6 Ireland 949 (+20)(-) 7 Argentina 873 (+15)(-) 8 Scotland 762 (+6)(-) 9 Wales 724 (+25)(-) 10 Samoa 689 (+14)(+1) 11 Fiji 568 (+7)(-1) 12 Canada 557 (-12) (-) 13 Italy 556 (+7)(-) 14 Tonga 518 (-9)(+1) 15 United States 444 (-1) (-1) 16 Japan 436 (-21)(+1) 17 Romania 348 (-9)(-1) 18 Georgia 338 (-25)(+1) 19 Uruguay 298 (+3) (+1) 20 Portugal 292 (-)

(-2) 21 Namibia 291 (-12)(-) 22 Russia 276 (-) 23 Morocco 261 (+3)(-) 24 Tunisia 254(-) 25 Chile 251(-) 26= Cote d'Ivoire 237(-) 26= Czech Republic 237(-) 28 Spain 234(-) 29 Korea 233 (+5)(+2) 30 Ukraine 232 (+8)(-1) 31 Germany 221 (-4)(+1) 32 Netherlands 218(+1) 33= Cook Islands 216(+2) 33= Denmark 216 (+5)(-3) 35 Poland 215 (-4)(+2) 36 Switzerland 211 (+7)(-) 37 Slovenia 208 (+1)(+2) 38 Latvia 203 (+6)(-3) 39 Croatia 202 (-8)40= Zimbabwe 19640= Sweden 196

(+1) 42= Belgium 193(+1) 42= Papua New Guinea 193(+2) 44 Hong Kong 188(-6) 45 Brazil 187 (-11)(-1) 46 Chinese Taipei 185 (-5)47 Paraguay 17148 Madagascar 17349 Kenya 16450 Arabian Gulf 16351 Yugoslavia 15052 Trinidad and Tobago 147(+1) 53 Austria 135(-1) 54 Hungary 133 (-7)55 Bermuda 132 56 Andorra 13157 Malaysia 126(+2) 57 Moldova 126 (+5)(-1) 59 Thailand 12560 China 119

61 Singapore 112(+2) 62 Zambia 104 (+11)(-1) 63 Uganda 101 (-5) (-1) 64 Lithuania 98(+3) 65 Venezuela 94 (+7)(-2) 66 Kazakhstan 91 (-2)(-1) 67 Sri Lanka 90 (-1)(-1) 68 Botswana 8869= Cameroon 7969= Cayman Islands 7971 Israel 7772 Niue Island 76 (+1) 73 Tahiti 68(+1) 74 Malta 66(-2) 75= Bosnia 63(+2) 75= Luxembourg 63(-1) 77 Bulgaria 5878 Jamaica 4879= Solomon Islands 37(-) 79= Peru 37 (-)81 Monaco 3682 Swaziland 3483 Barbados 2984= Mexico 2684= Norway 2686= Bahamas 2486= Guyana 2488= Vanuatu 23(+1) 88= Colombia 23 (+3)

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