Monday, 9 September 2019
Ireland Rugby: World No.1
Arguments about whether they deserve to be ranked number 1 are fatuous. Yes, the World Rugby ranking system - whereby a team can be comfortably beaten three times in a calendar year and still be elevated to number one status three weeks after suffering a 15-57 thrashing - does appear to be a tad dysfunctional.
But the system is the system - and it's the same one that has seen New Zealand at the top of the rankings for the last several years.
Ireland are, for now, world number 1.
We should all just get over it.