Colombia have climbed to their highest-ever World Rugby Ranking of 33rd after bouncing back from a heavy defeat from Argentina XV with a 43-13 victory over Paraguay in the second round of the South America Six Nations.


With 0.92 of a rating point awarded to them for the win, Los Tucanes move above Lithuania and Poland but any further upward movement is unlikely in the short-term because a two-point buffer exists between themselves and Kenya in 32nd.


While the Medellin fixture was the only one to count towards the rankings in the South America Six Nations, seven matches across Europe and Asia had rating points riding on the outcome.

In Odessa, Ukraine became the first team to beat Sweden this season and in doing so took Rugby Europe's Conference 1 North title at the expense of their rivals. Left winger Oleg Korariev starred for the hosts in the 23-14 win with two first-half penalties and the match-clinching score 12 minutes from time.

The victory came with the added bonus of a three-place rise in the rankings to 37th. Sweden drop below Morocco and into 48th.

Meanwhile, Slovenia were crowned champions of Conference 2 South after an emphatic 91-5 win against bottom-of-the-table Slovakia. 

Blaz Pilko, Michael Kovacic, Igor Mihelic and Matevz Kadunc all grabbed a brace of tries apiece in a 14-try win that easily eclipsed Slovenia's previous best score of 77-5 versus Bosnia and Herzegovina, set back in 2008.

The division's other match in Conference 2 South went the way of Andorra, the Pyrenean country securing a 33-0 win against Serbia which was worth nearly one rating point and lifted them above Denmark and Peru in the rankings to 76th. Not since they defeated Armenia 25-0 just over seven years ago had Andorra kept the opposition to nil.

Korea's 52-14 win against Malaysia in Incheon in the Asia Rugby Championship Top 3 opener was only worth nine-hundredths of a rating point and that was not enough for them to improve on their current position of 30th in the rankings.


However, the United Arab Emirates are up to 64th, a climb of six places, after big wins over Guam and Thailand in the space of three days saw them clinch the Asia Rugby Championship Division II title. Kazakhstan beat Guam 17-10 in the third-place play-off but their earlier defeat to Thailand cost them three places in the rankings, and they are now 65th.