HELSINKI -- As the world's best rugby teams continue their quest for World Cup glory in New Zealand, spare a thought for those players on the other side of the globe -- and at the other end of the rankings.
Make that Finland, officially the worst rugby team in the world.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) ranks qualified national teams from New Zealand at No. 1 all the way down to 93 -- a bottom where Finland languishes behind even lesser rugby nations such as Cameroon, Guam and Peru.
Team captain Steve Whittaker, a 35-year-old Englishman who's lived in Finland for more than a decade, begs to differ.