Rankings: Italy drop below Georgia

Date published: March 23 2015

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European Nations Cup champions Georgia have climbed above Italy in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

Six Nations champions Ireland remain the leading northern hemisphere nation in the rankings in third, albeit still 2.47 rating points behind South Africa.

Scotland remain 10th despite suffering a whitewash in Vern Cotter’s first Six Nations campaign, but they now sit just nine hundredths ahead of their RWC 2015 Pool B opponents Japan.

Wales were the most emphatic winners on the final day of the Six Nations, scoring seven second-half tries in Rome to beat Italy 61-20, but with nine places separating the two teams at kick-off, the gain in rating points is minimal at under two tenths.

That margin of defeat, allied to Georgia’s 15-6 victory over Romania to clinch another European Nations Cup title, was enough to see Italy fall a place to a new low of 15th. Georgia, who have now won 10 straight ENC matches, now have a commanding cushion over the sides below Italy.

Romania’s loss to Georgia means they fall one place to 18th with Canada the beneficiaries.

World Rugby Rankings:
1 (1) New Zealand 93.70     
2 (2) South Africa 88.23     
3 (3) Ireland 85.76
4 (4) England 85.40     
5 (5) Wales 84.07     
6 (6) Australia 82.95     
7 (7) France 79.74     
8 (8) Argentina 78.23     
9 (9) Samoa 75.39     
10 (10) Scotland 74.79     
11 (11) Japan 74.70     
12 (12) Fiji 74.57     
13 (13) Tonga 74.12     
14 (15) Georgia 72.16     
15 (14) Italy 71.85     
16 (16) USA 67.61     
17 (18) Canada 66.83     
18 (17) Romania 66.23     
19 (19) Russia 64.65     
20 (20) Uruguay 63.58

With thanks to World Rugby

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