CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 30: Sara Barattin of Italy celebrates with teammates scoring their sides first try during the TikTok Women's Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at Cardiff Arms Park on April 30, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Federugby/Getty Images)

Wales Remain 9th In World Rankings . . . As Head Coach Ioan Cunningham Ponders Future

By Hannah Blackwell

Wales have remained in ninth place in World Rugby’s women’s global rankings following their third place finish in the Six Nations.

In their final match of the tournament, Wales lost 10-8 at home to Italy but managed to claim third place in the table behind champions England and France thanks to earlier victories over Ireland and Scotland.

The victory at Cardiff Arms Park sees Italy move up two places to sixth in the rankings, while Wales stay in ninth place.

England lead the rankings, with France in fourth – behind New Zealand and Canada – while Ireland are one place ahead of Wales in eighth and Scotland are back in 11th.

Wales could have equalled their best-ever position of seventh if they had managed a first win over the Azzurre in Cardiff for 10 years.

Wales coach Ioan Cunningham is now set for talks over a new contract after guiding his team to the their best Six Nations finish for 13 years.

Cunningham – whose current contract runs out after the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in November – has been linked with a return to his old job as the men’s U20s coach.

The former Scarlets assistant coach said of his first season in charge, “I’ve absolutely loved it.

“I’ve loved working with this group of players, they want to learn, they want to get better, their passion for the jersey is unbelievable.

“I’m just really happy to be part of this group and excited by what we can achieve.

“I really believe with the hard work and what we can do over the summer period and through August and September we can really do something special, hopefully, come October.”

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