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Town - The Springboks have moved up one spot to No 4 in World Rugby’s official
list of World Rugby rankings
25-20 loss to France in Paris at the weekend has seen them fall to fifth, with
South Africa moving past them.
one match to go before the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, England are in
danger of going into the tournament ranked lower than Pool A rivals Australia
Lancaster's men are now just 1.3 points ahead of sixth-placed Wales, who travel
to Dublin to play Ireland on Saturday. England conclude their RWC 2015 warm-up
campaign against the Irish the following weekend.
lost 1.29 ratings points at the weekend to drop to 84.24 points, with South
Africa 85.15. France remain in seventh, although Les Bleus have now closed to
just over two rating points behind Wales.
may not have been the prettiest of wins but Scotland’s 16-12 victory over Italy
in Turin was enough to see them return to the world’s top 10 ranked nations.
Scotland move from 12th to 10th, climbing above Tonga and Samoa, after gain a
full rating point.
climb up one place to 14th at the expense of Italy even though their 30-8 win
against Uruguay did not come with any boost to their rating.
Brave Blossoms remain on 71.15 points while Italy, on 70.84 points, are
marginally better off in the rankings than the USA (70.36), who made it three
wins in a row against neighbours Canada with a 41-23 victory in Ottawa.
Canada’s fifth straight loss cost them 1.27 ratings points but they remain
18th, two places behind the Eagles.
Oceania Rugby Cup 2015 began this past weekend with wins for hosts Papua New
Guinea and American Samoa. Neither side were able to improve their ranking,
however, with the Puks Puks staying put in 95th, while American
Samoa continue to prop up the rankings in 102nd despite a gain of 1.51 rating
points for their 30-15 victory over the higher-ranked Solomon Islands. PNG
defeated Tahiti 32-10.
World Rugby rankings (Top 15):
1. New Zealand 92.89
2. Ireland 86.89
3. Australia 86.67
4. South Africa 85.15
6. Wales 82.94
7. France 80.90
8. Argentina 78.39
9. Fiji 77.04
10. Scotland 75.79
11. Tonga 75.25
12. Samoa 75.14
13. Georgia 72.16
14. Japan 71.15
15. Italy 70.84