Jamaica's under-19s finished seventh at the Commonwealth Championship in June and represent a growing enthusiasm for the game in the Caribbean.

Jamaica is the biggest movers in the world rankings released by the Rugby League International Federation on Friday, moving from 27th to 16th.

The Jamaicans jump in the rankings are a result of their recent spate of games against Canada (14th) and the USA (10th) plus their successful first-time matches in Europe against Ireland and Wales, who were ranked sixth and eighth respectively.

"We can justifiably be a top 10 nation with the cadre of UK and domestic based players we have," JRLA director of rugby Romeo Monteith told RLIF.com.

"Our incredible performances against Wales and Ireland leaves no doubt in my mind that our strategy now to play games in Europe annually, alongside matches in the Americas Championship, is the way forward.

"Rugby league needs excitement outside the top nations, and with our unique Caribbean flair we stand ready to rock the world with reggae rugby league." 

Full Rankings 

1. New Zealand
2. Australia
3. England
4. Samoa
5. France
6. Fiji
7. Ireland
8. Wales
9. Scotland
10. USA
11. Serbia
12. PNG
13. Tonga
14. Canada
15. Italy
16. Jamaica
17. Belgium
18. Russia
19. Spain
20. Malta
21. Lebanon
22. Cook Islands
23. Ukraine
24. Germany
25. Czech Republic
26. Norway
27. Denmark
28. Greece
29. Sweden
30. Netherlands
31. South Africa
32. Philippines
33. Niue
34. Chile
35. Vanuatu
36. Latvia
37. Solomon Islands
38. Hungary
39. El Salvador
40. Morocco 

* The World Rankings are based upon the results in international matches over the past five years, with more recent results carrying a greater weighting. They also take into account the relative strength of the opponents and the level and type of competition.