Rugby is a very popular game in the western hemisphere. Rugby was developed at the Rugby School, from one the many ways or styles of playing football that were played in the English Public Schools during the 19th century. Mainly there are two types of Rugby, Rugby League and Rugby Union. There is some difference in specific rules but objective of both types of rugby is same. Rugby Union Teams are very popular among the rugby playing nations. In this list the top five Rugby playing nations are included, they are:
- New Zealand Rugby Union Team:
New Zealand Rugby Union team currently stands in the 1st position of the World Rugby Ranking. Rugby is regarded as theirnational sport.The nationalmen’s Rugby Union team of New Zealandis popularly known as “All Blacks” and the national women’s Rugby Union team is known as the “Black Ferns”. Both of the teams are currently World Champions. This shows how good the New Zealand Rugby Union teams are and they are the most deserving candidate of 1st position. They surely are the best Rugby Union team in the world.
World ranking: First
Coach: Steve Hansen
Captain: Richie McCaw
- South African Rugby Union Team:
South African Rugby Union team is standing in the 2nd Position of World Rugby Ranking. They are popularly known as the Springboks. They were World Champions in the year 1995 and 2007. They are the best rugby team after the All Blacks and they have proved it over and over again.
World ranking: Second
Coach: Heyneke Meyer
Captain: Jean de Villiers
- Ireland National Rugby Union Team:
Ireland National Rugby Union Team is currently standing in the 3rd position in World Rugby Ranking. This is their best position so far. They have played all Rugby World Cups and their best achievement is reaching the quarter finals. They are one of the four teams that form British and Irish Lions. The players, who can play for them, are also eligible for playing for Lions.
World ranking: Third
Coach: Joe Schmidt
Captain: Paul O’Connell
- England National Rugby Union Team:
England National Rugby Union TeamCurrently stands in the 4thposition of the World Rugby Ranking. They were the Rugby World Champion in 2003 and they were Runners-Up in 1991 and 2007. They are a good team. They won the Six Nations Championship 26 times. Rugby is a very popular sport in England and the National team plays very well to make the whole nation proud.
World ranking: Fourth
Coach: Stuart Lancaster
Captain: Chris Robshaw
- Wales National Rugby Union Team:
Wales National Rugby Union Team is currently standing in the 5th position of the World Rugby Ranking. They have participated in all Rugby World Cups and their best achievement was being 3rd in the year 1987. They have won Six Nations Championship 26 times and they are jointly with England the most successful team of the tournament.
World ranking: Fifth
Coach: Warren Gatland
Captain: Sam Warburton
These are currently the best five Rugby teams of the world and they have proved their strength over the years. They have shown that they deserve their places in the World Rugby Ranking.