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# World Rankings

Last year
2022
# On the up
'It's new territory for me' - Seamus Power on cracking top 50 in the world for the first time
The Waterford native had a third-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
All time
# On the rise
Leona Maguire jumps to career-high 63rd in world rankings ahead of PGA Championship
It continues a steady rise for the 26-year-old.
# RWC2019
Japan hit world rankings high ahead of Springboks showdown
The Brave Blossoms jump ahead of France into seventh.
# top spot
Schmidt's Ireland can go top of world rankings with big win in Cardiff
Despite being hammered by England last time out, Ireland can secure top spot.
# Drop
England set to displace Ireland in world rankings after Twickenham trouncing
Ireland had an eye on top spot before kick-off.
# lancet study
Where does Ireland rank when it comes to deaths caused by cancer, heart disease and lung disease?
Ireland is one of the better performing countries, but is still set to fall short of UN targets, according to a new study.
# getting better
Tiger Woods returns to top 50 in world rankings after impressive Open display, Molinari sixth
Dustin Johnson remains at the top, although Englishman Justin Rose is the new world number two.
# Rankings
Spain down to 10th as hosts Russia go into World Cup as lowest-ranked team
Ireland remain unchanged as the 31st ranked side.
# steady ship
Martin O'Neill's side unchanged but Northern Ireland drop 3 places in Fifa world rankings
Germany remain top of the pile.
# Climbing
Ireland up to 31st in latest Fifa world rankings
A dramatic fall for Egypt has benefited Martin O’Neill’s men.
# rising tide
Ireland up to third in the world following November clean sweep
Ireland’s opening Six Nations opponent, France, have slipped to ninth.
# star on the rise
Dunne's sensational form sees him become second-highest ranked Irish golfer in the world
The 24-year-old has moved into the top 100 in the world rankings.
# On the rise
Ireland back up to third in the world rankings ahead of November internationals
Joe Schmidt’s side leapfrog South Africa without kicking a ball.
# Climbing High
Joe Schmidt's Ireland leapfrog Australia into third in latest world rankings
Only New Zealand and England are ahead of Ireland.
# Progress
Ireland climb a place in latest Fifa world rankings
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland remain unchanged in 35th, as do Wales (12th) and Scotland (67th).
# Movers and Shakers
Ireland move up one spot in world rankings despite defeat to NZ
Meanwhile, Argentina have slipped into the dreaded ninth position months out from the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
# moving on up
Ireland return to world's top five for first time since Argentina World Cup loss
Joe Schmidt’s side move up one spot on the back of their historic win against New Zealand.
# Numbers Add Up
No change for Ireland in Fifa rankings as Wales break into top 10 while Spain and Italy drop out
It’s 31st again for Martin O’Neill’s side.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Ireland actually the world's "most globalised" country?
FactCheck looks into a claim that has been doing the rounds online in recent days.
# moving on up
Ireland up two places in Fifa world rankings while Wales overtake England
Martin O’Neill’s side are in 31st, three places behind Northern Ireland.
# Riding High
Augusta magic sees Willett break into world top 10 for the first time
Shane Lowry, meanwhile, has moved up one place after the first Major of the year.
# Underdogs
Wales will be officially better than Brazil if they win tomorrow
Chris Coleman’s men could also go third in the world if they win their pivotal match tomorrow.
# Opinion
Why Fifa's world rankings are ridiculously flawed
How does Wales — a country that has never qualified for a European Championship — end up 10th in the world?
# Climb
Ireland's rocky road to World Cup 2018 confirmed in latest Fifa rankings
Martin O’Neill’s men will be fourth seeds in qualifying.
# Decline
'Tiger has sabotaged his own career. Time hasn’t robbed his game, he’s done this to himself'
The 14-time Major winner finished last at the Memorial.
# Boost
Despite not playing since November, Ireland have moved up in the world rankings
Germany remain top, with Argentina and Colombia second and third respectively.
# Winning
Rory McIlroy is golf's Christmas number one
The star started the year at number six, but ended it almost three ranking points clear of second-placed Henrik Stenson.
# Global Game
10-game winning streak sends Japan into world rugby's top 10
Eddie Jones has led the Brave Blossoms to major improvements ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
# ryder list
Pádraig Harrington: 'I'm not going into TV commentary just yet'
Ireland’s most successful golfer on his quest to reach the 2014 Ryder Cup from his current world ranking low of 206.
# Outranked
France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash
Philippe Saint-André’s men are one place above Joe Schmidt’s on the official list.
# fifth
Ireland move up one place in IRB world rankings despite Twickenham defeat
Joe Schmidt’s side advance up the list mainly thanks to France’s poor result.
# COYBIG
Rankings slide continues as Ireland drop out of world top 40
Giovanni Trapattoni’s side finish the year on a par with Bolivia and Gabon, according to the latest FIFA update.
# Number One
Of course he's smiling -- McIlroy finishes year on top of the world
It hasn’t been a bad year for young Rory.
# Job Done
Ecstatic Gilroy set for 6 Nations role after grabbing opportunity with both hands
Donnacha Ryan picked up the official man of the match award for an excellent outing at lock.
# Unstoppable
November tests: McCaw stars as All Blacks edge closer to unbeaten 2012
Wales’ losing run continues thanks to an 18-point haul from Aaron Cruden and a super effort from his captain.
# out of 10
#IreARG: How Ireland's match-winners rated today
A host of Irish players put in fantastic shifts at Lansdowne Road as Declan Kidney’s side won 46-24.
# happy chappie
Declan Kidney hails 'great day' for Ireland after Argentina blow-out
The Irish coach was delighted with the effort of his pack and international newcomers Simon Zebo and Craig Gilroy.
# IreArg
Match report: Seven-try Ireland rout Argentina
Craig Gilroy provided the backline spark for the Irish as the Pumas were blown away.
# IreArg
November tests: Sexton backs 'terrifying' winger Gilroy to jolt Argentina
The out-half has declared himself fully fit and ready to visit another Aviva defeat on the Pumas.
# nine on it
November tests: Conor Murray predicts ferocious battle against Argentina
The Munster scrum-half has alerted his teammates to the attacking evolution in the Pumas’ play.