Trinis climbing high

(IRB) The Caribbean Championship was a happy hunting ground for Trinidad & Tobago with victory over Guyana in the final on Saturday at the rugby club in South Sound.

It not only took them to the next stage of Rugby World Cup 2011 qualifying, but also a 12-place gain in the IRB world rankings.

Trinidad & Tobago had already climbed six places to 51st following their victory over the Cayman Islands, but victories over Barbados 56-0 in the semi-finals and then Guyana 40-24 in the final means they had matched that climb to achieve their highest ever ranking of 45th.

This means that Trinidad & Tobago are the biggest climbers in the latest IRB World Rankings.

Guyana have risen three places to a new high of 66th on the back of beating the higher ranked Bermuda 25-13 in their semi-final.

Barbados by contrast are the biggest fallers with a 10 place drop to 70th – their lowest position since September 2005 – on the back of their defeats by Trinidad & Tobago and then Bermuda 17-6 in the Plate final in George Town on Saturday.

They are not the only Caribbean nation to suffer a drop. Jamaica, after their losses to the lower ranked Bahamas 19-12 and then Cayman 11-10 in the Shield final resulted in a seven place fall to 87th.

Bermuda and the Cayman Islands both climb one place to 64th and 65th respectively as a result of Barbados’ fall while the Bahamas climb two to a new high of 90th.