The method to do the ranking will be based on the IRB ranking system which seems to be fair as not all countries play against each other but are based on strength v strength. This method of ranking was tested by during the 2017 South African schoolboy season and the rankings were accepted by the majority of our readers as fair and representative of the schoolboy rugby schools performances.

For the 2018 season, we have decided to change the formula a little bit. We made the following adjustments to ensure that the carrying over of the previous years ranking points would not affect the current season's ranking in such a way to not reward performing schools:

1) The maximum points a team can gain or lose are 2 (1.5 points in 2017) ranking points – although performing teams must be rewarded a ranking system that is too volatile is also not acceptable.
2) A team playing a team more than 12.5 (10 in 2017) ranking points below their own ranking points will be deducted .75 (.50 during 2017) ranking points irrespective if a win was achieved. If the highest ranking team lose he will them obviously lose the maximum ranking points of 2 – this will ensure that the teams playing the top teams in the ranking will be ranked higher than teams who play and win “lower ranked” teams.

The ranking points per school for the joining countries will be based on their assumed strength versus the sides of the current ranking.

To then add all the countries in one ranking and still be able to claim the ranking to be accurate it was decided that:

1) New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom initially will start off with 100 ranking points. All countries that will join at later stages will be starting at an agreed level.
2) When schools of the different countries start to compete against each other via tours, tournaments (Boishaai 150 in 2018) the country gains or lose the same amount of points that the participating school does.
3) The points gained and lost is then averaged for the country over a year, Jan – Dec period and will be applied when the international rankings are done. For example, if New Zealand has 101.3 points all the schools from NZ’s ranking points will be multiplied by 1.013 to get their international ranking.

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