Ireland move up to third

Date published: March 2 2015

Ireland have moved back up to third position in the World Rugby Rankings after their impressive 19-9 Six Nations win over England on Sunday.

The triumph in Dublin leaves Ireland 1.27 rating points ahead of England, with Joe Schmidt's side now less than two points off second-placed South Africa.

Wales meanwhile have increased their margin over France to almost four points after a 20-13 victory over Les Bleus at the Stade de France on Saturday.

They now sit just a tenth behind Australia, who avoided a drop to their lowest ever position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003. France's cushion over Argentina has shrunk to just over seven tenths after the Paris loss.

Italy's last-gasp victory over Scotland at Murrayfield did not result in a positional change given the near three-point deficit to Tonga above them in thirteenth.

Scotland's loss at home, though, has seen them fall a place to tenth position.

World Rugby Rankings
(Previous position in brackets)

1 (1) New Zealand 93.70
2 (2) South Africa 88.23
3 (4) Ireland 86.38
4 (3) England 85.11
5 (5) Australia 82.95
6 (6) Wales 82.85
7 (7) France 78.96
8 (8) Argentina 78.23
9 (10) Samoa 75.39
10 (9) Scotland 75.22