Boks stay third in rankings

2016-06-27 14:28
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Cape Town - The Springboks have remained third in the official World Rugby rankings following their 19-13 win over Ireland in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

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The Springboks won the three-Test series 2-1.

Meanwhile, a dominant performance from France in Argentina has resulted in a shake-up in the top 10 of the rankings, with Les Bleus up two places and Los Pumas falling to their lowest position for 16 months.

While England rewrote the record books once again in completing a 3-0 series win over Australia, perhaps the most eye-catching performance of the weekend came from a French team who’ve had to take a few steps back to go forward under head coach Guy Noves.

Six days after slipping to their lowest position of ninth since the World Rugby rankings were introduced in October 2003, as a result of their 30-19 loss to Argentina in the first Test at the Stade Monumental Jose Fierro in Tucumán, Les Bleus bounced back in style to win 27-0 against the same opposition at the same venue to level the series and earn themselves two and two-thirds rating points, which is enough to lift them up two places in the rankings to seventh.

By contrast, Argentina were the biggest losers of the weekend from a rankings perspective, dropping four places to go from fifth to ninth. Not since February 2015 have Los Pumas been as low in the rankings, and not since 1949 have they failed to score a point in a match against Les Bleus.

Wales and Ireland, despite being beaten by New Zealand and South Africa, benefitted from Argentina’s demise by moving up one place to fifth and sixth respectively.

At the top, it's a case of as you were with New Zealand, England, South Africa and Australia still occupying spots one to four.

A ninth straight win under Eddie Jones has seen England trim New Zealand’s lead at the top by almost a point and they are now 6.61 points behind the All Blacks, who did not pick up any points for completing a 3-0 series whitewash of their own, against Wales.

Third-placed South Africa are a further 3.17 points in arrears after gaining 0.29 of a point for their hard-fought win over Ireland.

Australia drop a full point following their 44-40 loss to England in Sydney, but are still two clear of Wales.

Top 10 in the latest World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 96.10

2. England 89.49

3. South Africa 86.32

4. Australia 84.43

5. Wales 82.49

6. Ireland 81.67

7. France 80.75

8. Scotland 80.44

9. Argentina 80.20

10. Fiji 75.49


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