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No change in IRB rankings

2012-08-27 13:26
Cape Town - Argentina may have secured their best ever result against South Africa with a 16-16 draw in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, but it was not enough to improve their position of eighth in the latest IRB world rankings.

According to the IRB website, the Pumas, who had lost their previous 14 meetings with South Africa, have improved their rating by three-tenths to close to just over half a rating point behind Ireland above them.

New Zealand’s advantage at the top of the rankings has increased slightly to 6.38 rating points after a 22-0 victory over Australia at Eden Park ensured another successful defence of the Bledisloe Cup.

It was the first time for 50 years that the Wallabies were kept scoreless by their trans-Tasman rivals and their poor run at Eden Park will now stretch into a 27th year without a victory there over the All Blacks.

Australia’s only comfort was the fact that South Africa’s failure to beat Argentina means they remain second in the rankings, although that position will be at stake when the sides meet in Perth on September 8.

Top 10 in the latest IRB world rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.43
2. Australia 86.05
3. South Africa 84.77
4. England 83.09
5. France 83.03
6. Wales 82.26
7. Ireland 79.85
8. Argentina 79.34
9. Scotland 77.97
10. Samoa 76.23

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