Joe Schmidt (Gallo)
London - Ireland have moved up two places to third in the
world rankings after beating France in their Rugby World Cup Pool D decider on
Full World Rugby rankings
Joe Schmidt's side, who topped the pool with their 24-9 win
against Les Bleus, have leapfrogged Wales (4) and South Africa (5) in the
rankings - published by World Rugby every Monday.
France dropped one place to seventh following Sunday's
defeat at the Millennium Stadium, swapping places with Ireland's quarter-final
opponents Argentina, who rose to sixth.
Seven of the eight RWC 2015 quarter-finalists feature in the
top eight of the rankings - the exception being Scotland, who remain one place
below England in ninth position.
Under the points exchange system used to calculate rankings,
sides take points off each other based on the match result; whatever one side
gains, the other loses. Such points exchanges are doubled during the Rugby
World Cup to recognise the unique importance of the event.
Other changes from last week's rankings include Japan
overtaking Fiji to go 10th and Italy climbing one place to 12th, above Tonga.
Away from Rugby World Cup 2015, there were two European
Nations Cup matches that also affected the World Rugby rankings.
Ukraine climbed one place to 30th after a 17-16 win over
Belgium in Division 1B, with their hosts falling three to 29. Austria,
meanwhile, rose three places to 80th after beating Denmark 31-25 in Division
2C. The Danes fell three to 85th as a result of the home defeat.
Top 10 World Rugby rankings:
1. New Zealand - 92.89
2. Australia - 90.93
3. Ireland - 85.74
4. Wales - 85.71
5. South Africa - 84.58
6. Argentina - 80.49
7. France - 79.77
8. England - 79.77
9. Scotland - 77.94
10. Japan - 77.05