Australia remain top of the RLIF world rankings, which were released on Monday.
However the rankings make interesting reading below the top three nations. Papua New Guinea are ranked fourth, closely followed by France and Wales. All three nations have been apart of the Four Nations since 2009.
Ireland have overtaken USA into 11th place and below this Russia and Serbia are now level on 43 points with Russia moving up from 17th to 16th place, overtaking the Serbs courtesy of their victory in the European Shield.
Germany move up one place from 19th to 18th thanks to their Shield campaign and Canada draw virtually level on points with Malta in 20th position.
The Rugby League World Cup begins on Saturday, October 26 2013.
Rugby League International Federation world rankings