The Black Ferns have topped the inaugural Women's Rugby rankings, according to a release by World Rugby today.
The new rankings are based upon the criteria which determine the men's rankings. They were found after carefully scrutinising, obtaining and analysing every result from the first official women's international matches dating back to 1987.
The new system, which came into effect at the start of the month, will be a weighted system with the number of points available to the winning team proportional to the difference in ranking points between the teams prior to the match.
Black Ferns squad member, Hinewai Pomare says, “It’s awesome for the women's variety of the game.”
The latest Black Ferns squad, named in November last year, is comprised of many Māori faces. A turn which would ultimately lead them to next year's Women's Rugby World Cup.
“It’s quite surreal, and quite humbling at the same time, but it doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels one bit,” adds a cautious Pomare.
Fans will not have to wait long for some big rankings clashes as three of the top five teams will go head-to-head during this year's women's Six Nations, which kicks off this weekend.
Sports presenter, Raniera Harrison will have the in-depth report tonight, on Te Kāea, 5:30pm, Māori Television.
World Rugby Women's Rankings:
New Zealand – 92.08
France – 87.18
England – 86.71
Ireland – 83.61
Canada – 82.12
United States of America – 81.23
Australia – 80.03