Cape Town - New Zealand marked four years at the summit of
the IRB world rankings on Saturday by consolidating their top spot with a
30-22 win over England.
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According to the IRB website, the All Blacks have
occupied the No 1 spot since November 16, 2009 and for more than 80 percent of the time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003, and
the Twickenham success means they now boast 93.81 ranking points.
means a slight increase in their cushion over South Africa - pushing it
beyond five rating points - after the Springboks ran out 28-0 winners
over Scotland on Sunday. This latest win increases South Africa's
advantage over England in third to more than more than three points.
have now finished their November internationals and are in danger of
losing that third position, sitting as they do just five hundredths
above Australia, who have two matches remaining after beating Ireland
32-15 in Dublin.
Defeat means the men in
green slide from sixth to seventh, swapping places with Wales, who beat
Argentina 40-6 win at the Millennium Stadium to record their first
November international victory in four years.
Otherwise the top 10 is unchanged, with the Pumas holding their position of 10th despite the defeat in Cardiff.
38-18 win over Tonga in Le Havre has no bearing on either side's rating
as a result of the eight places and more than eight rating points
separating the two teams. However, Tonga do climb one place to 12th as a
result of Fiji's 37-31 defeat in Italy.
Romania are steadily inching up the rankings after beating Canada 21-20
with practically the last kick of the game - as they had done against
Tonga a week before. Top 10 in the latest IRB world rankings:
1. New Zealand 93.81
2. South Africa 88.77
3, England 85.70
4. Australia 85.65
5. France 81.44
6. Wales 80.98
7. Ireland 79.33
8. Samoa 79.24
9. Scotland 76.99
10. Argentina 75.23