Rugby League - Australia strengthen rankings spot

Australia have inevitably consolidated their position at the top of the international rankings after their World Cup victory at the weekend.

New Zealand, runners-up to the Kangaroos, remain second with England and France still third and fourth respectively following the tournament, which concluded at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Fiji are the most notable movers in the figures released by the game's international federation, climbing above Wales and Papua New Guinea to fifth after reaching the semi-finals for a second successive World Cup.

Wales, who failed to win a match in a tournament they were co-hosting, have slipped to sixth.

Surprise quarter-finalists the United States have broken into the top 10 for the first time behind ninth-placed Ireland while Scotland, who also impressed, are 11th.