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All Blacks' IRB lead cut

2012-10-24 15:58

Cape Town - New Zealand’s failure to equal their mark of 17 consecutive Test wins following the 18-18 draw with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday means their cushion at the top of the IRB world rankings has shrunk by nearly a rating point.

However, according to the IRB website, the All Blacks, who can still better their 23-Test unbeaten run set between 1987 and 1990, still sit 6.54 rating points above the Wallabies as both teams now turn their attentions to the traditional November internationals in Europe.

By improving their own rating by 0.45, the Wallabies have also increased their advantage over third ranked South Africa and now sit 3.34 points above France in the battle to remain in the top four spots come the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London on December 3.

Top 20 in the latest IRB rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.91
2. Australia 86.37
3. South Africa 84.69
4. England 83.09
5. France 83.03
6. Wales 82.26
7. Ireland 79.85
8. Argentina 78.63
9. Scotland 77.97
10. Samoa 76.23
11. Italy 76.03
12. Tonga 74.79
13. Canada 72.30
14. Fiji 70.60
15. Georgia 67.95
16. Japan 67.93
17. USA 66.61
18. Romania 64.54
19. Russia 62.05
20. Spain 61.63

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Comments
  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-10-24 16:14

    Fire the Bulls coach before we slip any further!!!

  • allblacksfanatic - 2012-10-24 16:51

    NZ ALL BLACKS #BenchmarkOfWorldRugby

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-24 17:58

      Who?

      theo.monk.58 - 2012-10-24 19:59

      um... ah dono bru !

  • James - 2012-10-24 22:45

    The Wallabies are good at doing this... but then often go on tour and lose to England and sometimes even Scotland. I pick the Boks to rise above them by the end of year. Unfortunately nobody will be catching NZ anytime soon.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 04:08

      I also remember the Boks losing to Scotland not so long ago. With Heineken running the show, the Boks might even lose all three games.

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-25 09:27

      that was a bitter pill to swallow. we beat Ireland, wales, lost to scotland and then beat england well. should be a tough tour. ireland's a very well balanced team at the moment. go bokke,

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