Yes, Bulgaria has plummeted from 90th to 93rd in the latest International Rugby Board rankings released yesterday.
The Bulgarians have played two matches this year, losing 12-59 to Bosnia-Herzegovina this month and 15-46 to Cyprus back in April. It’s a tough gig trying to establish a minority sport in a new territory, so държи брадичката си нагоре (which Google Translate says is “keep your chin up” in the local lingo.)
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, the All Blacks have retained the number 1 spot they’ve held since November 2009, despite the weekend loss to the Boks.
Australia drops a place to 4th after their loss to Argentina, allowing the Pongos to go to number 3. Fair enough.
The oddity in the table is Argentina: yes they go from 12 to 10, but on what planet were they ever ranked below Japan and Fiji anyway? The Bargies have played Fiji 4 times, for 3 wins and 1 loss (at Hamilton in the 1987 World Cup), and they’ve played Japan 5 times for 4 wins and 1 loss (in Tokyo, 1988).
For my money, what the hell is Scotland doing at 8th? They were truly awful in the most recent Six Nations, managing to score just 47 points and 4 tries in their five matches. Argentina and Samoa would give them a spanking, and I reckon the Pool B match against the United States (currently ranked 18th) on 27 September next year is shaping as a real Moment of Truth for the Haggis Eaters.
Mark my words, there’ll be tears in the porridge.