Lebanon are also 7 places behind Russia who they have never had any difficulty beating. I think they more or less just put some flags in a bowl for chimps to pull out below the top 3
Do you understand how sports ranking work? It's based on international results and matches played, not just a random guess of which teams could beat each other or who has the strongest domestic setup.
Nations like South Africa haven't played any real matches since the RLWC qualifiers in 2011 (?), and they lost all three of those matches. I don't think Lebanon have played any real matches since the RLWCQ either, whereas the likes of Russia and Germany have consistently been involved in European Shield and other competitions which explains their higher rank. The fact that the international calendar is so sporadic and the RLIF is a disorganized shambles is what results in these strange, lop-sided rankings. I don't know why they bother TBH as the whole thing is pretty meaningless without a standardized, organized international calendar for all nations.
As for the unofficial rankings posted above, are you serious? Niue, Catalonia, Latin Heat?
This was posted in the international section but I felt it was worth posting in here too to bring more attention. The RLIF are planning to exclude Malta from entering the 2017 RLWC, despite the fact that they meet all the entry criteria. This is unacceptable since the World Cup is supposed to be open to all nations and shouldn't ever be run as a closed shop. Sign the petition to allow Malta to compete.
Posted by Evil Homer
on 21 October 2013 - 01:47 AM
TBH that article is totally embarrassing. Stop using the WC as an excuse to push your agenda, if you want this unspecified 'change' then start a dialogue with the RLEF and work towards making it happen. Circulating poorly written articles with no legitimate information or content isn't going to achieve anything other than making people less sympathetic to your cause.