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Saturday's 31-5 victory over Romania in Bucharest has boosted the Eagles to their highest rankings perch of all time. They entered the contest ranked 15th, but with Italy beating Georgia two weeks ago and then losing handily to Australia on the weekend, they've jumped two spots.
Tonga now sits one spot ahead of the USA, despite being pounded 74-24 by Wales Saturday. The opportunity to climb past the Sea Eagles is on the table with a win over second-ranked Ireland Saturday. Italy faces New Zealand this week, so there's no threat of the USA falling below 13th.
The Eagles started 2018 ranked 17th but slipped to 18th before playing a game. They've climbed five spotsIn the last 11 months, on the back of nine-straight test wins, they've leapfrogged both Romani and Samoa, as well as Italy and Georgia. This marks the first time ever the USA has been ranked higher than Italy.
World Rugby's rankings were introduced in the back end of 2003, with the USA debuting at 14. The Eagles have slipped as low as 20 in 2007.