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England reign supreme in Zurich World Rankings

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England first went to No.1 in November 2002 and they have held that spot ever since, losing just once in 17 games in 2003 in the process setting a new benchmark of 1339 rankings points.

World Cup runners-up Australia meanwhile have to be content with third place behing losing semi-finalists New Zealand who remain static despite their disappointment after losing the semi-final.

Zurich World Rankings (as of Nov 28, 2003)

(-) 1 England 1339 (+17)(-) 2 New Zealand 1315 (-3)(+1) 3 Australia 1199 (+52)(-1) 4 France 1138 (-9)(-) 5 South Africa 1006 (-23)(-) 6 Ireland 931 (-18)7 Argentina 873 (-) 8 Scotland 749 (-13)(-) 9 Wales 714 (-10)10 Samoa 68911 Fiji 56812 Canada 55713 Italy 55614 Tonga 51815 United States 444 16 Japan 43617 Romania 34818 Georgia 33819 Uruguay 298 20 Portugal 292

21 Namibia 29122 Russia 276 23 Morocco 261 24 Tunisia 25425 Chile 25126= Cote d'Ivoire 23726= Czech Republic 23728 Spain 23429 Korea 23330 Ukraine 23231 Germany 22132 Netherlands 21833= Cook Islands 21633= Denmark 21635 Poland 21536 Switzerland 21137 Slovenia 20838 Latvia 203 39 Croatia 20240= Zimbabwe 19640= Sweden 196

42= Belgium 19342= Papua New Guinea 19344 Hong Kong 18845 Brazil 18746 Chinese Taipei 18547 Paraguay 17148 Madagascar 17349 Kenya 16450 Arabian Gulf 16351 Yugoslavia 15052 Trinidad and Tobago 14753 Austria 13554 Hungary 13355 Bermuda 132 56 Andorra 13157 Malaysia 12657 Moldova 12659 Thailand 12560 China 119

61 Singapore 11262 Zambia 10463 Uganda 10164 Lithuania 9865 Venezuela 9466 Kazakhstan 9167 Sri Lanka 9068 Botswana 8869= Cameroon 7969= Cayman Islands 7971 Israel 7772 Niue Island 76 73 Tahiti 6874 Malta 6675= Bosnia 6375= Luxembourg 6377 Bulgaria 5878 Jamaica 4879= Solomon Islands 3779= Peru 3781 Monaco 3682 Swaziland 3483 Barbados 2984= Mexico 2684= Norway 2686= Bahamas 2486= Guyana 2488= Vanuatu 2388= Colombia 23

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