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Boks sink to sixth in world rankings

2015-09-21 12:02
Heyneke Meyer (AP)

Cape Town - Following their shock Rugby World Cup defeat to Japan in Brighton, the Springboks have slipped to No 6 on World Rugby’s official rankings.

Full list of World Rugby rankings

South Africa’s 34-32 defeat has seen them drop three spots in the rankings, with all of Ireland, Wales and England moving past Heyneke Meyer’s men.

England beat Fiji 35-11 in the opening World Cup match at Twickenham last Friday, while Ireland dispatched Canada 50-7 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday, before Wales thumped Uruguay 54-9 at the same ground on Sunday.

The All Blacks, who beat Argentina 26-16 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, continue to lead the rankings on 92.89 ratings points, followed by Australia (86.67), England (85.04), Wales (84.63), Ireland (84.40).

The Boks are now a distant sixth on 81.15.

World Rugby rankings (Top 10):

1. New Zealand (92.89)

2. Australia (86.67)

3. England (85.04)

4. Wales (84.63)

5. Ireland (84.40)

6. South Africa (81.15)

7. France (81.12)

8. Argentina (78.39)

9. Fiji (77.04)

10. Samoa (76.18)

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