Australia Men's Hockey team retain their world number one ranking
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The Kookaburras have retained their number one world ranking in light of their recent Champions Trophy triumph following Tuesday’s release of the latest men’s FIH Hero World Rankings.

Australia claimed their 15th Champions Trophy success by defeating India in a shoot-out in the competition final, ensuring that the reigning world champions held on to top spot in the rankings table.

Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883), with Belgium (1709) and Netherlands (1654) occupying the respective third and fourth positions.

The Kookaburras re-gained their number one status in December after winning the World League Final in Bhubaneswar. The side has since won the Azlan Shah Cup, Commonwealth Games gold medal and the Champions Trophy.

The next update to the men’s FIH Hero World Rankings will be made following the completion of the Hockey Series Open at the end of September 2018, with another update coming after the conclusion of the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar in December.

An update to the women’s FIH Hero World Rankings will be made shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 Women’s World Cup which takes place in London at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 21 July to 5 August 2018.

The Hockeyroos are currently ranked fifth in the world on 1625 points, behind the Netherlands (first, 2165 points), England (second, 1823), Argentina (third, 1793) and New Zealand (fourth, 1733).

Australia are in Pool D at the 2018 World Cup alongside New Zealand, Japan and Belgium.

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