Australia remain top of the International Netball Federation world rankings ©Getty Images

The International Netball Federation (INF) has updated its world rankings for the last time in 2019, with Australia retaining first place after their performance at the Constellation Cup in October.

Australia won the Constellation Cup for the seventh straight time after a 53-46 win over New Zealand squared the four-match series and allowed them to keep hold of the trophy.

The world rankings reflect the games played up to December 2.

New Zealand have consolidated their place in second, while England remain third ahead of Jamaica in fourth and South Africa in fifth.

Uganda, Malawi and Scotland have all maintained their positions inside the top-10, in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively.

After their silver medal-winning performance at the Netball Europe Open Championship in September, Wales have moved into the top-10 in ninth place.

The top-10 in the INF world rankings ©INF
The top-10 in the INF world rankings ©INF

They are followed by Trinidad and Tobago, who have moved up from 11th to 10th , while Northern Ireland have moved down two places to 11th.

Following the Battle of the Saints in October, St Kitts and Nevis have re-entered the rankings at 27th, Antigua and Barbuda have moved up to 36th, the Cayman Islands have risen seven places to 28th, and St Maarten have moved down to 44th.

The Africa Netball Cup in October allowed Zimbabwe to move up to 13th, while Zambia have retained their place at 15th and Kenya enter the world rankings at 39th.

After the M1 Nations Cup in October, Namibia have moved up three places to 30th and Botswana have moved up to 24th.

Ireland have moved down to 26th and Papua New Guinea have moved down to 31st.

This year ends with 45 teams now having an INF world ranking, another milestone for international netball.