World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
Tonga eliminated Italy from the World Cup with a 16-0 win, a result that sends Scotland through to the quarter-finals.
Italy will send Scotland tumbling out of the World Cup if they beat Tonga on Sunday.
A hat-trick of tries from Chris Taripo couldn't prevent the Cook Islands suffering a 22-16 defeat to Tonga in Leigh.
Tonga captain Brent Kite is hoping the United States can do his side a favour against Scotland on Thursday night.
Captain Brent Kite insists Tonga are looking forward to the chance of bouncing back from their defeat to Scotland.
Scotland held off a ferocious second-half comeback from Tonga to claim a thrilling 26-24 success at Derwent Park.
Steve McCormack believes Scotland's 26-24 victory over Tonga was one of the best wins in the nation's history.
Scotland should feel right at home in Workington on Tuesday when they open their World Cup campaign against Tonga.
Huddersfield Giants forward Ukuma Ta'ai has been selected in Tonga's World Cup squad.
Championship club Featherstone have signed Tonga international Etuate Uaisele for the 2014 season.
The 2013 World Cup organisers have been forced to abandon plans to stage two fixtures in Whitehaven.
It has been announced that Cardiff's Millennium Stadium will host a double-header to launch the 2013 World Cup.
England are a distant third in the revamped world rankings issued on Friday by the Rugby League International Federation.
Australia have retained their status as the top-ranked team in world rugby league despite their World Cup final defeat to New Zealand.
Scotland were unable to end their World Cup campaign on a winning note as they slipped to a heavy 48-0 defeat to Tonga.
Ben Fisher said Scotland simply did not compete well enough after their disappointing 48-0 World Cup loss to Tonga.
Tonga head into Saturday's encounter against Scotland at Browne Park in Rockingham with just 18 players available.
Tonga have just 18 players available from their original squad of 24 for their final game of the World Cup against Scotland on Saturday.
Samoa took Pacific Island bragging rights as they beat fierce rivals Tonga 20-12 after a thrilling contest in Penrith.