Rugby Cranes Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Rugby Cranes lineup Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The Uganda Rugby Cranes have climbed two places in latest World Rugby rankings released by World Rugby.

This was aided by the 78-17 pummeling of Tunisia in the Africa Gold Cup in Kampala on Saturday July 15, 2017.

Uganda has now moved from 38th to 36th with 50.30 points according to the rankings released Monday July 17, 2017.

Tunisia, who have had a campaign to forget this year, dropped three places to 51st with 46.25 points.

Neigbours Kenya, despite bagging two wins in a row, remain 26th with 57.17 while Senegal, who have lost two matches in two weeks, climb one place from 51st to 50th with 46.39 points.

Upcoming games that will have an impact on rankings include those of Africa Gold Cup where Uganda will host Namibia and Zimbabwe entertain Kenya this weekend.

The Cranes have only lost once this year, to Kenya in the first leg of the Elgon Cup, before drawing once and winning two in a row.

Both Men’s and Women’s World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result.

Whatever one side gains, the other loses. The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.

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