Rankings: Ireland up to third

Date published: October 12 2015

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Ireland have moved up two places to third in the world rankings after beating France in the Rugby World Cup Pool D decider on Sunday.

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, which are 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.
 

World 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
11. Fiji – 76.96
12. Italy – 72.74
13. Tonga -71.60
14. Georgia – 71.45
15. Samoa – 70.36  
16 USA – 68.66       
17 Romania – 66.59    
18 Canada – 62.65     
19 Uruguay – 62.11 
20 Namibia – 61.75

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