The USA Tomahawks have risen two places on the new Rugby League International Federation world rankings. The US is now ranked #13. Go to www.rlif.com to see the full RLIF world rankings.
The RLIF world rankings are calculated based on an average of points accumulated by each nation over a three year cycle. Under the structure, matches deemed of higher importance such as World Cup games, Four Nations and other major tournament finals draw more points than mid-season Tests and other Internationals. For each match that a nation participates they are given a base level of points. This base level is affected upon the type of match (World Cup, Major Tournament, Test Match and International) and the status of the opponent. Bonus points are given for teams that reach certain milestones deemed of significant international importance, including reaching a tournament final or qualifying for an event such as a World Cup. From the total number of points that a nation will receive these points are then averaged to help give a more accurate view of the performance of a nation over the three year cycle. Nations which have played fewer than five matches over a three year cycle will be penalized under the current point structure.