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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, March 18 2010 @ 02:57 pm ACDT

Just to add some more info so a better understanding can be reached.
GB and Denmark 30 plus games to get their ranking to where it is.
USA, Ireland and Canada 25+ games.
NZ and PNG 24 and 23 games respectively.
Samoa and Japan 18 each.
Sweden 15, South Africa14 and Nauru 13.
Finland 9, Spain 8.
Germany, India, PeaceTeam and China only 5 each.
IRB scheme has less than 10 as provisional ( their research suggests that many games are needed for newcomers to find their place amongst the nations that have already been there a while) remembering the newcomers start off at 40 pts.

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Is this the first step towards the Official World Rankings?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, March 18 2010 @ 03:13 pm ACDT

It's curious as to why newcomers start almost mid-field. It would be reasonable to assume that since they are new they are unlikely to be strong, so should have to earn their way up the system. I guess the problem is in initialising the system, if everyone starts low and the net points exchange is zero everyone will remain low.

How do you feel about us providing some specific 9s matches for 50% or 75% value Cam? I think I made a persuasive argument above - but did it persuade you at all? I think more data will help the system achieve truly indicative results quicker, and be more inclusive.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

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