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Men's World Rugby Rankings, January 2018  - The top two spots in the World Rugby rankings go to New Zealand and England, which held these one/two placements during 2017. Should these same rankings continue throughout 2018, then the Test between England and the All Blacks next autumn should determine who finishes the year in first place. The standings are:

  1. NZ
  2. England
  3. Ireland
  4. Australia
  5. Scotland
  6. South Africa
  7. Wales
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Fiji

Women's World Rugby Rankings, January 2018 - Not surprisingly, the top two Women's spots also belong to New Zealand and England, the dominant fifteens who met in the finals of this year's WRWC. Both countries have professional leagues. Placements follow:

  1. NZ
  2. England
  3. France
  4. Canada
  5. USA
  6. AustralIa
  7. Wales
  8. Italy
  9. Ireland
  10. Spain

Dismissed French Coach Sues Federation - Guy Noyès, terminated as French Head Coach, has sued the French Rugby Federation over $2 million for unlawful dismissal. He claims the firing is merely a ploy not to pay the balance of his $1.7 million salary.

South African Sides in Pro 12 - The two South African professional teams dropped from the Pro 14 League found new berths in the European Pro 12 League. The Cheetahs are third, significantly behind leaders Glasgow and Munster in one of the two seven-team divisions. But the Southern Kings are winless in ten contests with but four points, and rank last in the other division.