During the July international window, the men’s and women’s World Rugby Rankings will update at 23:00 Dublin time (GMT+1) on each match-day, rather than the traditional Monday each week.


World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the men’s and women’s test matches this weekend.

Permutation highlights include:


  • France can climb as high as third – and become the highest-ranked northern hemisphere team – if they beat Australia and win the series
  • Australia could end the week where they started it in fifth, but only if they win by more than 15 points
  • Argentina will be the higher-ranked of the two teams if they beat Wales in Cardiff
  • Los Pumas can climb as high as sixth – their highest since they were fifth in June 2016
  • New Zealand, Uruguay, Uganda and Zimbabwe cannot improve their rating with victory over lower-ranked sides
  • Samoa cannot improve on 13th if they beat Tonga – but they will qualify for RWC 2023
  • A Tongan win could see the sides swap places, depending on the margin
  • Portugal can climb as high as 18th with victory in Russia, if Uruguay also lose to Chile
  • Uganda could fall as many as 13 places with defeat in their first meeting with Algeria
  • Defeat could also be costly for Zimbabwe against Burkina Faso with a seven-place drop possible
  • Algeria and Burkina Faso could both climb to new highs if they upset their hosts


  • Uganda’s 41-0 win on Wednesday saw them provisionally climb to a new high of 35th with Zimbabwe falling two to 40th
  • Zimbabwe can return to their starting position of 38th with victory
  • A win by more than 15 points will see Zimbabwe end the week in 36th with Uganda in 40th
  • Back-to-back wins could lift Uganda as high as 31st if the margin is again more than 15 points – a smaller margin still enough to end the week six places higher than they began it
  • Zimbabwe could end the week up to eight places lower than they began it

The full previews can be read via the Match Notes page in the Media Zone.


World Rugby will be managing the communications for any disciplinary matters that arise from the July tests.

The Citing Commissioner appointments for this week’s men’s internationals can be found here.