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The 2017 Autumn Internationals rugby tournament begins November 4 when the Barbarians and New Zealand teams go head-to-head at Twickenham Stadium in the event opener. Then on November 11, England faces Argentina at Twickenham Stadium; Ireland face South Africa at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Wales clash with Australia at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff; France face New Zealand; and Scotland battle Samoa. The Rugby World Cup is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. New Zealand who will feature in the opening clash of the 2017 Autumn Internationals are the current champions, having defeated Australia who will also compete in the Autumn Internationals in the final of the 2015 tournament in England. World Cup 2015 winners New Zealand were awarded the William Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the young man who invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game. Four countries have won the trophy; New Zealand won it three times, two teams have won twice, Australia and South Africa, while England won it once. Japan will host the next Rugby World Cup event in 2019. Looking ahead to the rugby union Autumn Internationals tournament beginning in November 2017, and Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan, here is a list of the top ten ranked national rugby teams in the world.
Top Ranked National Rugby Teams
No. 1 - New Zealand
Captain: Kieran Read
Top try scorer: Doug Howlett (49)
Top scorer: Dan Carter (1598)
Most caps: Richie McCaw (148)
Highest: 1 (2016)
Best result: Champions, 1987, 2011, 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015 winners, the New Zealand National Rugby Team, nicknamed the All Blacks is the most famous and respected team in the world with winning records against all national sides and a recent draw with the Lions in the recent 2017 British & Irish Lions tour. The first team from New Zealand to compete in a match was against New South Wales in 1883 and their first international test was against Australia in 1903. Rugby has since become New Zealand’s national sport with a record of 330 wins out of 443 matches which makes them the most successful team in rugby history; the IRB has also named them team of the year in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Out of the down-under Southern nations, the All Blacks retain the top Tri-Nations record with nine series wins while the Springboks and the Wallabies only have two. The All Blacks have won the Bledisloe Cup from Australia for many years at a time. In addition, the All Blacks have won more Grand Slam tours of Europe than any other Southern Hemisphere team. The All Blacks hosted the first Rugby World Cup along with Australia and David Kirk was the first to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy as the All Blacks easily defeated France in the final with the score of 29 to 9. The All Blacks have featured rugby legends including Sean Fitzpatrick, John Kirwan, Grant Fox, Ian Kirkpatrick, Christian Cullen, Andrew Mehrtens, Tana Umaga, Carlos Spencer, Richie McCaw and Jonah Lomu. New Zealand has only won the Rugby World Cup once. The New Zealand All Blacks are noted for performing the formidable Haka or the Kapo-o-Panga before every match.
No. 2 – England
Top scorer: Jonny Wilkinson (1,179)
Appearances: 8 (First in 1987)
Emblem: Red rose
Highest: 1 (2004)
Top try scorer: Rory Underwood (49)
Captains: George Ford, Chris Robshaw
In the second spot, the England National rugby team is considered one of the best sides in the world. They have produced many rugby legends including Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson who is the top point scorer in rugby world cup history. They are the only team from Europe to win the Rugby World Cup when they defeated Australia in 2003 and also came as runners up in 1991 and 2007. England participate annually in the Six Nations tournament and have been crowned RBS 6 Nations champions 27 times including 2016 and 2017. Their style of play is often characterized by using their strong forwards and running with backs utilizing kicks and open field play, and they will kick for points every chance they get.
No. 3 – Ireland
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Captain: Rory Best
Fight song: Ireland's Call
Appearances: 8 (First in 1987)
Highest: 2 (2015)
The Irish Rugby Football Union was founded in 1874 and was another founding member or the IRB. Ireland competes annually in the Six Nations tournament which they have won 8 times. Ireland have participated in every world cup to date, and have been eliminated in the quarter finals every year except 1999 and 2007. The Ireland national team normally comprises about a quarter of the British and Irish Lions rugby team along with England and Wales every four years. The Irish rugby team has been home to some of the world’s top class players including Brian O’Driscoll who is Ireland's top try scorer and considered the best center in world rugby. The Lions just returned to the United Kingdom after their tour down under in which they shared the trophy with New Zealand.
No. 4 – Australia
Coach: Michael Cheika
The Australian Rugby Union team also commonly know as the Wallabies and is considered one of the best teams in the history of the game. They compete annually in the Tri-Nations Tournament against New Zealand and South Africa. Australia was one of the founders of the Rugby World Cup and shared the first tournament with New Zealand in 1987. The New South Wales Rugby Union became the first team to tour overseas by playing New Zealand in 1883. In 1984 the Australia won a grand slam by defeating all the large European teams in one tour. Australia has participated in all world cups and has the best record of all the competing national teams. The Wallabies are one of two teams to win the tournament twice by winning in 1991 and 1999, and they came in as runners up in 2003. In 1995 Australia along with New Zealand and South Africa formed the first professional rugby union known as the Super Ten Competition. The Wallabies have produced top rugby players including Tim Horan, David Campese, John Eales, and the most capped player of all time, George Gregan. Australia is known to take risks in games and for having one of the best defenses in world rugby.
No. 5 - South Africa
Captain: Warren Whiteley
Lowest: 7 (2017)
Appearances: 6 (First in 1995)
Highest: 1 (2009)
Top scorer: Percy Montgomery (893)
Top try scorer: Bryan Habana (67)
The South Africa national team also known as the Springboks began playing international rugby when a British Isles team toured South Africa in 1891. South Africa took their first tour of the British Isles and France in 1906. Apartheid Laws saw the South Africa Rugby Union highly criticized by other teams which led to the Springboks being unable to participate in the first two Rugby World Cups. However in 1995 South Africa was included and hosted the third Rugby World cup and defeated the New Zealand All blacks 15 to 12 in the final. The Springboks made it to the semi-finals in 1999 and the quarter finals in 2003 and defeated England in 2007 to become the second nation to win the world cup twice. South Africa plays annually in the Super Twelve tournament and the Tri-Nations against New Zealand and Australia. South Africa is powerful and skilled in all aspects of the game incorporating running, kicking, passing and forward drives.
No. 6 – Scotland
Coach: Vern Cotter (Head coach)
Captain: John Barclay
Arena/Stadium: Murrayfield Stadium
Best result: Fourth place, 1991
Top try scorer: Ian Smith &; Tony Stanger (24)
Top scorer: Chris Paterson (809)
The Scottish Rugby Union was founded in 1873 and Scotland is one of the oldest and best teams in the world. Scotland were a founding member of the IRB and participated in the first international match against England that Scotland won 4-1. Scotland plays in the Autumn Internationals in the United Kingdom and Six Nations tournament held every year in Europe. Scottish rugby players are also selected every four years to play for the Barbarians against other national teams. Scotland has taken part in all the Rugby World Cups which they have made the quarter or semi-finals every year except 2007.
No. 7 – Wales
Coach: Warren Gatland (Head coach)
Arena/Stadium: Principality Stadium
Most caps: Gethin Jenkins (129)
Top try scorer: Shane Williams (58)
Top scorer: Neil Jenkins (1,049)
Emblem: Prince of Wales's feathers
The Wales National Rugby team was started in 1881 when they had their first test match against England. Wales have produced some of the best rugby players to ever play the game including J.P.R Williams, Gerald Davies, and Gareth Edwards. Wales competes in the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations tournaments every year and has won RBS 6 Nations 24 times (only second to England) with the most recent in 2008. Wales has been active in all six rugby world cups, their best result being in 1987 when they reached the semi-finals but lost to New Zealand. Wales demonstrates some of the best sidestepping in the game.
No. 8 – France
Arena/Stadium: Stade de France
Coach: Guy Novès (Head coach)
Rugby was first introduced to France in 1872 by the British. France is home to one of the top rugby leagues in the world and features players from all over the world. France’s national team is considered the best on continental Europe and competes annually in the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations tournaments. The French have competed in every world cup and have made it to more finals than any other team without ever winning the Cup. One of France’s most famous games was against New Zealand in the 1999 Rugby World Cup where they defeated the favored All Blacks in the semi-final. France plays with a free flowing flair and they can always produce an upset.
No. 9 – Argentina
Captain: Agustín Creevy
Union: Argentine Rugby Union
Head coach: Daniel Hourcade
Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
The Argentina National rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, had its first international test against a touring British Isles team in 1910. Argentina is ranked as by far the best team in the Americas. Argentina has participated in all the Rugby World Cups. In 2007 a very strong and experienced Pumas side made it to the World Cup semi-finals after producing a handful of upsets. They went on to win 3rd place in the tournament which led to many of their players receiving overseas contracts to play pro rugby in Europe. Argentina is known for a barrage of backline passing.
No. 10 – Fiji
Coach: John McKee (Head coach)
Highest: 9 (2015)
Top scorer: Nicky Little (670)
Most caps: Nicky Little (71)
Top try scorer: Sanivalati Laulau (20)
Best result: Quarter-finals, 1987, 2007
Fiji’s national rugby team is a part of the Pacific Islands rugby Alliance along with Samoa and Tonga. Fiji was one of 16 national teams to participate in the 1987 rugby world cup making it to the quarter finals where they were defeated by France. Fiji has only made it to the quarter finals twice, losing to England in the quarter finals in 1999 and losing to South Africa in the semi-finals in 2007. Fiji features lots of exciting running rugby.
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