HIGHEST EVER RANKING
The USA’s national team has moved up to its highest ever ranking by checking in at #10 on the latest Rugby League International Federation world rankings.
The US has improved by two places leapfrogging Scotland, who they’ll face at next year’s Rugby League World Cup.
The USA has a total of 71 points, the same as Ireland at #9.
America’s improvement in the rankings follows a 2012 season in which the national team posted a winning 3-1 Test record. They beat Ireland and Canada (twice), their only loss was against Tonga.
The USA’s success is a direct result of programs implemented by the coaching and management staff of Matt Elliott, Marcus Vassilakopoulos, Steve Johnson and David Niu.
Naturally, much credit should also be heaped on the players themselves who have worked hard and sacrificed and for executing the coaches' game plans to get the team to where it is now.
The USA began its ascendancy in September 2011 when it was ranked #13 in the world. Following the team’s triumphant run through the Rugby League World Cup Atlantic Zone Qualifiers in November 2011 it improved to #11 before falling to #12 in July this year.
The USA will compete in Group D at RLWC2013 alongside co-hosts #5 Wales and #17 Cook Islands. It will face #11 Scotland in a Group D/Group C crossover game.
To see the full RLIF world rankings click here