Women's international rugby union results summary

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Fifteens[edit]

Current playing records[edit]

25 matches or more[edit]

10-24 matches[edit]

Fewer than 10 matches[edit]

Year of first international[edit]

Year of last international[edit]

Official rankings[edit]

IRB World Ranking[edit]

Although the IRB produce a complex and continually updated ranking for men's international rugby they do not compile any ranking system for the women's game. Rugby statistician Serge Piquet has produced a currently unofficial, but generally accepted, world ranking, but where rankings are referred to by some boards these will normally be the finishing positions in the previous Women's Rugby World Cup (which only takes place every four years and will only include those countries that qualified for the finals).

The IRB's seedings for each World Cup are also influenced by positions in the previous tournament, but not entirely decided by them. The table below shows the final positions for the 2014 tournament and is therefore the closest thing to an "official" IRB ranking:[1]

Rugby Europe Ranking[edit]

Rugby Europe, formerly known as FIRA-AER, do produce an annual ranking of European nations, based on previous season's Rugby Europe and Six Nations competitions, for use in RE tournaments (though Six Nations teams are often given a higher seeding in tournaments than their ranking might suggest). As these will be based on more recent performances they can contradict the IRB list and also include countries not featuring in the World Cup-based ranking. On the other hand, they obviously only include European nations. Rankings[2] (based on previous season results) appear to be:

Rank Nation 1997/8 1998/9 1999/0 2000/1 2001/2 2002/3 2003/4 2004/5 2005/6 2006/7 2007/8 2008/9 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
1  England 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
2  France 4 3 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 3 2 4 4 2 2
3  Ireland 8 8 7 8 7 6 5 5 5 5 6 3 3 3 3
4  Italy 6 6 8 7 8 7 8 7 7 7 8 8 9 5 5
5  Wales 7 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 6 2 4 2 2 6 4
6  Scotland 2 1 3 4 2 3 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 4 6
7  Spain 3 4 4 3 3 4 6 6 4 6 6 7 7 7 7
8  Netherlands 5 5 9 9 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 8 8 8
9  Sweden - - - - 9 8 7 8 9 10 10 10 6 9 9
10  Russia - - - - - - - - 11 9 9 9 10 10 10
11  Finland - - - - - - - - - - 14 14 14 - 11
12  Germany 9 9 - 10 11 9 10 10 10 - 12 11 11 11 -
13  Belgium - - - - 12 - - - - 11 11 12 12 12 -
14  Romania - - - - - - - - - - 13 13 13 - -
15  Luxembourg - - - - - - - - - - 15 15 15 - -
16  Norway - - - - - - 11 11 12 12 16 16 16 - -
17  Serbia - - - - - - - - - - 17 - - - -
18  Denmark - - - - - - 12 12 - - - - - - -
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina - - - - - - - - 13 - - - - - -
NR[3]   Switzerland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NR[4]  Kazakhstan - - 5 6 6 - - - - - - - - - -

Sevens[edit]

Current playing record (to end of 2011)[edit]

Detailed results from a small number of tournaments, especially in Africa and Asia, have never been published. The following table therefore relates to the published tournament results. Note: Almost all of New Zealand's sevens matches - apart from the 2009 World Cup and qualifier and two Hong Kong Sevens - have been played by "Aotearoa Maori" and (before 2000) "New Zealand Wild Ducks". While in some cases they were officially sanctioned by the NZRU, neither were full New Zealand teams, and occasionally included players not eligible to play for New Zealand. As a result, they are not included in the table below. The playing record of these unofficial New Zealand teams is: Played 59, Won 55, Lost 4, 93.22%.

Year Matches
1997 32
1999 15
2000 42
2001 41
2002 15
2003 87
2004 51
2005 141
2006 101
2007 212
2008 303
2009 283
2010 337
2011 408
Total 2068

Year of first international[edit]

Debut Year Nations
1997 Arabian Gulf;  Australia;  Canada;  England;  Fiji;  Hong Kong;  Japan;  Netherlands;

 Scotland;  Singapore;  United States

1999  China;  Russia;  Samoa
2000  Kazakhstan;  New Zealand;  Thailand;  Wales
2001  Sweden
2003  Belgium;  Bulgaria;  Croatia;  Czech Republic;  France;  Kyrgyzstan;  Norway;

 Portugal;  Spain;  Sri Lanka;   Switzerland;  Uzbekistan

2004  Argentina;  Brazil;  Chile;  Colombia;  Malta;  Paraguay;  Peru;  Tunisia;  Uruguay;  Venezuela
2005  Austria;  Barbados;  Germany;  Guyana;  Hungary;  Israel;  Italy;  Jamaica;

 Lithuania;  Poland;  Saint Lucia;  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines;  Trinidad and Tobago; West Indies

2006  Andorra;  Bosnia and Herzegovina;  Burkina Faso;  Guam;  Ireland;  Kenya;  Luxembourg;  Romania;  Rwanda;  Uganda;  Zambia;  Zimbabwe
2007  Cambodia;  Denmark;  Finland;  Ivory Coast;  South Korea;  Laos;  Latvia;  Moldova;  Papua New Guinea;  Serbia
2008  Bermuda;  Botswana;  Cayman Islands;  Georgia;  Madagascar;  Niue;  Slovenia;

 South Africa;  Taiwan

2009  Bahamas;  Burkina Faso;  Egypt;  Ghana;  India;  Iran;  Malaysia;  Mexico

 Morocco;  Niger;  Togo;  Ukraine

2010  Cook Islands;  Guadeloupe;  Indonesia;  Philippines;  Senegal;  Tonga
2011  Cameroon;  New Caledonia;  Slovakia
2012  Solomon Islands
2013  Turkey
2015  Costa Rica;  Montenegro

Official rankings[edit]

IRB World Ranking[edit]

As with rankings for 15-a-side rugby, IRB rankings for Sevens are based on the finishing positions in the previous World Cup. The table below shows the final positions for the 2009 tournament:

2009 World Cup Nation
1  Australia
2  New Zealand
3=  South Africa
4=  United States
5  England
6  Canada
7=  France
7=  Spain
9  China
10  Brazil
11=  Italy
11=  Russia
13=  Netherlands
13=  Japan
13=  Thailand
13=  Uganda

Rugby Europe Ranking[edit]

Rugby Europe also produce an annual ranking of European nations, based on previous season's RE championships which are used for the following season's tournaments. Current rankings are:

Pos 2010 2011
1  Spain  England
2  Netherlands  Spain
3  France  Netherlands
4  Italy  Russia
5  England  France
6  Russia  Portugal
7  Germany  Germany
8  Portugal  Italy
9  Sweden  Sweden
10  Moldova  Moldova
11  Finland  Ukraine
12   Switzerland   Switzerland
13  Belgium  Finland
14  Romania  Romania
15  Latvia  Czech Republic
16  Andorra  Croatia
17  Czech Republic  Austria
18  Austria  Belgium
19  Croatia  Norway
20  Bulgaria  Bulgaria
21  Israel  Latvia
22  Ukraine  Malta
23  Malta  Poland
24  Hungary  Denmark
25  Norway  Andorra
26  Poland  Israel
27  Georgia  Georgia
28  Lithuania  Hungary
29  Denmark  Lithuania
30  Luxembourg  Serbia
31  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Luxembourg
32  Slovenia  Bosnia and Herzegovina
33  Serbia  Slovenia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  2. ^ As described on the RE website
  3. ^ No ranking - have yet to play in a FIRA XVs tournament
  4. ^ No ranking - no longer a FIRA member