Much bandwidth has been devoted to largely subjective suggestions about
who was/is the best team in the world 1995/1996.
SA are current holders of World Cup, which in eyes of most, makes them
reigning World Champions.
But to cover the period between the WCs, we need a ranking system to give
an objective indication of where the teams stand.
Perhaps the for-and- against record of NZ, SA, Aust, plus the 5N teams
over the last 2 years would yield a table of the top 8 teams Open it up
to include Canada and W. Samoa if you really want to argue about the
position of the bottom group.
Or, you could apply the S12 points system if you wanted to reward try
A bit of work if anyone can be bothered, but the result would be far
better than the emotive babling we've had on the subject.