Rugby Cranes

The Uganda National Rugby team, known as the Rugby Cranes have remained unchanged in the April World Rugby rankings.

The Rugby Cranes maintained their 42nd position with a total of 48.34 points and also 6th in Africa.

South Africa (5), Namibia (22), Kenya (31), Zimbabwe (39) and Tunisia (41) are the top five African countries.

The top ten ranked teams also remained unchanged – New Zealand, Ireland, Wales, England, South Africa, Australia, Scotland, France, Fiji and Argentina.

Finland, up by five places to 92 were the biggest movers while Austria were the worst movers, dropping by 6 slots to position 84.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Denmark, Barbados and India were all climbers who improved by one slot to 78, 79, 80 and 81 respectively while Pakistan, Mauritius Norway and Rwanda all fell down by one place to 93, 94, 95 and 96 respectively.

The rankings are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.

The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.

Points exchanges are doubled during the World Cup Finals to recognize the unique importance of this event, but all other full international matches are treated the same, to be as fair as possible to countries playing a different mix of friendly and competitive matches across the world.

Any match that is not a full international between two member countries does not count at all. All member countries have a rating, typically between 0 and 100. The top side in the world will normally have a rating above 90.