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Ranking: Kenya on the rise
By Patrick Korir | Tue 15 May, 2018 08:48

South Korea's 21-30 loss to Hong Kong at Incheon in Asian Championship clash on Saturday had a two positional drop effect that directly benefited Kenya who went up one place up in the World Rugby ranking from 30th place to 29. Also benefiting from South Korea's fall from spot 29 to 31 were Chile who went a spot up to occupy position 30.

It is a second straight one-positional rise for Kenya who improved from 31 to 30 last week as a result of Chile's 28-12 defeat to Brazil in the 2018 Sudamerica Six nations match in Sao Paulo. 

Also read Kenya Simbas climb in latest rankings

Chile recovered from their last week's fall to Brazil to post a 22-20 win over Uruguay XV at the Charrua Stadium in Montevideo thanks to a last ditch try from Pablo Huete and conversion by Tomás Ianiszewski. It however did not count towards ranking as it did not have full test status.

In spite of masterminding Korea's fall, Hong Kong did not accumulate enough points to topple Canada as they remained stagnated at 22nd place for yet another week.

Kenya second to Namibia in Gold Cup band

Kenya is now five places ahead of 34th placed Uganda whom they face in the Elgon Cup on Saturday 26 May in Kampala. 

Namibia and Zimbabwe maintained positions 24 and 44, respectively, as Morocco dropped one place to 40 while Tunisia moved one position up to 42.

The four, as well as Uganda, will be challenging Kenya for the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that doubles up as a 2019 World Cup qualifier.

The rankings are released each Monday with weekend results from across the globe almost imminently having a correlation to rankings of other countries that may be inactive.

Patrick Korir
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