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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Christopher P. Adams, Ph.D. on Wednesday, March 17 2010 @ 08:25 am ACDT
The teams are clustered because they all started at 40 and there haven't been that many games. To move to 70 a team would have to beat a comparable team 30 times, or 15 times in Cup games, which may take 10 years. You should link to the IRB's explanation:
http://www.irb.com/rankings/explain/index.html/#eg

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, March 17 2010 @ 03:25 pm ACDT

Chris. You are absolutely right about the ranking points being close together because all teams start at 40 and some teams have had less than 10 games included and there are three nations who have only played 5 games. If a team played a series of matches and they were able to achieve the Max of 2.00 ranking points they could move up quite quickly. But most match results only produce small amounts of exchange points so movement up or down is not generally rapid.
The up-coming Denmark v GB match is a case that can show how teams move in the ranks.
Lets assume neither team wins by plus 40 pts.
If GB wins their ranking points will rise to 43.39 not enough to rise above Ireland and Denmark losing will see their points drop to 40.06 still enough to stay above Peace Team.
However if Demark wins their points will rise to 42.06 and GB's will fall to 41.39 enough for Denmark to rise to 6th and GB falling to 9th. actually swapping places. Lower ranked team winning exchange points are more benificial.
As they have played quite a number of matches against each other and quite a few other teams their rankings are pretty sound. Denmark has probably beaten GB more often, but not more recently, so a win by Denmark would "rightfully" see them rise above GB.
"Rightfully" being where Denmark supporters, Brett, yourself and myself THINK they should be.
Cam

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