World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
Sonny Bill Williams crossed for a first-half hat-trick of tries as New Zealand crushed Papua New Guinea 56-10 in Leeds.
Stephen Kearney was satisfied with his team's latest win but admitted that Thomas Leuluai's injury was a massive blow.
Thomas Leuluai has been drafted into New Zealand's 19-man squad for the clash with the Kumuls at Headingley on Friday.
Papua New Guinea's World Cup exit was all but confirmed as they lost what was effectively a shoot-out with Samoa 38-4.
Coach Matt Parish is trying to manage his injury-ravaged Samoa squad carefully heading into the quarter-finals.
Papua New Guinea face Samoa with both sides hoping to keep their slim hopes alive of remaining in the World Cup.
Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton has been cleared to play for Papua New Guinea in their must-win match against Samoa.
Richard Agar was a relieved man after France edged out Papua New Guinea while counterpart Adrian Lam had mixed emotions.
France kicked off their World Cup campaign on a winning note following a slender 9-8 triumph over Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea and France begin their Rugby League World Cup campaigns Sunday at Hull KR's New Craven Park.
Papua New Guinea served a warning to France eight days ahead of their World Cup opener with a 38-20 win over Scotland.
Sheffield's try-scoring sensation Menzie Yere has been included in Papua New Guinea's Rugby League World Cup squad.
Scotland will play a 2013 World Cup warm-up match against Papua New Guinea in Featherstone on Saturday, October 19.
England signed off from their disappointing Four Nations campaign with a 36-10 victory over Papua New Guinea at Eden Park.
Bill Arthur was saddened as the bad behaviour of louts ruined rugby league's big day at Eden Park.
Stanley Gene spoke of his pride despite watching his players fall to a third successive Four Nations defeat against England.
Halifax forward Makali Aizue is hoping Papua New Guinea's fierce passion for rugby league will see them to victory against England.
Steve McNamara has shuffled his pack as England look to sign off their Four Nations campaign with victory over Papua New Guinea.
Stevo says that their Four Nations dreams may be over but England still have a lot to prove against PNG.