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#World Rankings

# world-rankings - Monday 14 October, 2019

Japan hit world rankings high ahead of Springboks showdown

The Brave Blossoms jump ahead of France into seventh.

# world-rankings - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Schmidt's Ireland can go top of world rankings with big win in Cardiff

Despite being hammered by England last time out, Ireland can secure top spot.

# world-rankings - Saturday 24 August, 2019

England set to displace Ireland in world rankings after Twickenham trouncing

Ireland had an eye on top spot before kick-off.

# world-rankings - Friday 21 September, 2018

From Where does Ireland rank when it comes to deaths caused by cancer, heart disease and lung disease? Lancet Study

Where does Ireland rank when it comes to deaths caused by cancer, heart disease and lung disease?

Ireland is one of the better performing countries, but is still set to fall short of UN targets, according to a new study.

# world-rankings - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Tiger Woods returns to top 50 in world rankings after impressive Open display, Molinari sixth

Dustin Johnson remains at the top, although Englishman Justin Rose is the new world number two.

# world-rankings - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Spain down to 10th as hosts Russia go into World Cup as lowest-ranked team

Ireland remain unchanged as the 31st ranked side.

# world-rankings - Thursday 12 April, 2018

# world-rankings - Thursday 15 February, 2018

Ireland up to 31st in latest Fifa world rankings

A dramatic fall for Egypt has benefited Martin O’Neill’s men.

# world-rankings - Monday 27 November, 2017

Ireland up to third in the world following November clean sweep

Ireland’s opening Six Nations opponent, France, have slipped to ninth.

# world-rankings - Monday 9 October, 2017

Dunne's sensational form sees him become second-highest ranked Irish golfer in the world

The 24-year-old has moved into the top 100 in the world rankings.

# world-rankings - Monday 2 October, 2017

Ireland back up to third in the world rankings ahead of November internationals

Joe Schmidt’s side leapfrog South Africa without kicking a ball.

# world-rankings - Monday 19 June, 2017

Joe Schmidt's Ireland leapfrog Australia into third in latest world rankings

Only New Zealand and England are ahead of Ireland.

# world-rankings - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Ireland climb a place in latest Fifa world rankings

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland remain unchanged in 35th, as do Wales (12th) and Scotland (67th).

# world-rankings - Monday 21 November, 2016

Ireland move up one spot in world rankings despite defeat to NZ

Meanwhile, Argentina have slipped into the dreaded ninth position months out from the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

# world-rankings - Monday 7 November, 2016

Ireland return to world's top five for first time since Argentina World Cup loss

Joe Schmidt’s side move up one spot on the back of their historic win against New Zealand.

# world-rankings - Thursday 15 September, 2016

No change for Ireland in Fifa rankings as Wales break into top 10 while Spain and Italy drop out

It’s 31st again for Martin O’Neill’s side.

# world-rankings - Tuesday 30 August, 2016

From FactCheck: Is Ireland actually the world's "most globalised" country? Factcheck

FactCheck: Is Ireland actually the world's "most globalised" country?

FactCheck looks into a claim that has been doing the rounds online in recent days.

# world-rankings - Thursday 14 July, 2016

Ireland up two places in Fifa world rankings while Wales overtake England

Martin O’Neill’s side are in 31st, three places behind Northern Ireland.

# world-rankings - Monday 11 April, 2016

Augusta magic sees Willett break into world top 10 for the first time

Shane Lowry, meanwhile, has moved up one place after the first Major of the year.

# world-rankings - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Wales will be officially better than Brazil if they win tomorrow

Chris Coleman’s men could also go third in the world if they win their pivotal match tomorrow.

# world-rankings - Sunday 12 July, 2015

Why Fifa's world rankings are ridiculously flawed

How does Wales — a country that has never qualified for a European Championship — end up 10th in the world?

# world-rankings - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Ireland's rocky road to World Cup 2018 confirmed in latest Fifa rankings

Martin O’Neill’s men will be fourth seeds in qualifying.

# world-rankings - Monday 8 June, 2015

'Tiger has sabotaged his own career. Time hasn’t robbed his game, he’s done this to himself'

The 14-time Major winner finished last at the Memorial.

# world-rankings - Thursday 12 March, 2015

Despite not playing since November, Ireland have moved up in the world rankings

Germany remain top, with Argentina and Colombia second and third respectively.

# world-rankings - Monday 29 December, 2014

Rory McIlroy is golf's Christmas number one

The star started the year at number six, but ended it almost three ranking points clear of second-placed Henrik Stenson.

# world-rankings - Monday 23 June, 2014

10-game winning streak sends Japan into world rugby's top 10

Eddie Jones has led the Brave Blossoms to major improvements ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

# world-rankings - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Pádraig Harrington: 'I'm not going into TV commentary just yet'

Ireland’s most successful golfer on his quest to reach the 2014 Ryder Cup from his current world ranking low of 206.

# world-rankings - Monday 10 March, 2014

France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash

Philippe Saint-André’s men are one place above Joe Schmidt’s on the official list.

# world-rankings - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Ireland move up one place in IRB world rankings despite Twickenham defeat

Joe Schmidt’s side advance up the list mainly thanks to France’s poor result.

# world-rankings - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Rankings slide continues as Ireland drop out of world top 40

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side finish the year on a par with Bolivia and Gabon, according to the latest FIFA update.

# world-rankings - Monday 17 December, 2012

Of course he's smiling -- McIlroy finishes year on top of the world

It hasn’t been a bad year for young Rory.

# world-rankings - Saturday 24 November, 2012

Ecstatic Gilroy set for 6 Nations role after grabbing opportunity with both hands

Donnacha Ryan picked up the official man of the match award for an excellent outing at lock.

November tests: McCaw stars as All Blacks edge closer to unbeaten 2012

Wales’ losing run continues thanks to an 18-point haul from Aaron Cruden and a super effort from his captain.

#IreARG: How Ireland's match-winners rated today

A host of Irish players put in fantastic shifts at Lansdowne Road as Declan Kidney’s side won 46-24.

Declan Kidney hails 'great day' for Ireland after Argentina blow-out

The Irish coach was delighted with the effort of his pack and international newcomers Simon Zebo and Craig Gilroy.

Match report: Seven-try Ireland rout Argentina

Craig Gilroy provided the backline spark for the Irish as the Pumas were blown away.

November tests: Sexton backs 'terrifying' winger Gilroy to jolt Argentina

The out-half has declared himself fully fit and ready to visit another Aviva defeat on the Pumas.

# world-rankings - Friday 23 November, 2012

November tests: Conor Murray predicts ferocious battle against Argentina

The Munster scrum-half has alerted his teammates to the attacking evolution in the Pumas’ play.

Argentina make 4 changes to starting XV ahead of Ireland clash

Pumas’ flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe will captain the side at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

Kidney striving to shake Argentina loose and claim rankings boost

The two sides have identical results over their past 10 games and are separated by a solitary ranking point.

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