England down to eighth in the world

Date published: October 5 2015

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England have dropped two places to eighth in the world rankings after their World Cup defeat by Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Only once before, in 2009, have England (pictured during their 33-13 defeat) been as low as eight on the list. There were times in 2003 and 2004 when they were the number one team in the world.

If Scotland were to register two more victories at RWC 2015, they could move up and push England even lower. Never, since the rankings began in 2003, have England been outside the top eight. Only four other teams – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France – have maintained a top-eight place since the rankings began.

Eight teams have moved up one place in the rankings while four nations have dropped down: Wales by one place from two to three, Ireland by one from four to five, England by two from six to eight, and Samoa by four from 11 to 15.

The eight risers, all by one place, are Australia (to 2), South Africa (4), France (6), Argentina (7), Japan (11), Tonga (12), Italy (13), and Georgia (14).

Samoa’s heavy defeat by Japan has sent them to their lowest position since the rankings began.

World Rankings:

1. New Zealand – 92.89
2. Australia – 89.33
3. Wales – 87.31
4. South Africa – 84.58
5. Ireland – 84.40
6. France – 81.12
7. Argentina – 80.49
8. England – 79.77
9. Scotland -77.13
10. Fiji – 76.96
11. Japan – 76.51
12. Tonga -71.60
13. Italy – 71.46
14. Georgia – 71.35
15. Samoa – 71.17  
16. USA – 69.20       
17. Romania – 66.28    
18. Canada – 64.24     
19. Uruguay – 62.11 
20. Namibia – 61.85

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