21 February 2018 – Malaysia climbed up one spot to 46th in the current World Rugby Ranking. This is according to the World Rugby ranking which is being updated weekly.
For the record, this is all-time high rank for Malaysia. Malaysia recorded the biggest climb back in May last year after the Hibiscus recorded 100% win in the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 which took place in Ipoh.
Despite without a single competitive game after their last ARC campaign, Malaysia moved up with Kazakhstan went down from rank 43rd to 61st at the end of January. Malaysia is still having 47.31 points, the same points that they have after the ARC.
Malaysia is still 5th among Asia country with Japan in the first place.
The Hibiscus is the lowest rank among the three competing nation for the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship. Hong Kong sits at 22nd rank while South Korea is in 32nd spot. Sri Lanka who finished second behind Malaysia in the ARC Division 1 last year is also above Malaysia as they are in the 42nd spot with 48.27 points.
Malaysia will have to make sure that the ranking means nothing when they face South Korea and Hong Kong soon.
Link to the World Rugby Ranking: https://www.worldrugby.org/rankings/mru#!
Photos by Zainuddin Mamat