Australia’s 26-23 loss to Ireland has seen them slip to fifth – equalling their lowest ever position since the Rankings were introduced in 2003.
Australia’s 26-23 loss to Ireland has seen them slip to fifth spot – equalling their lowest ever position since the Rankings were introduced in 2003.
The Wallabies headed into the Dublin game sitting just one hundredth of a rating point above England, but will now travel to Twickenham to face Stuart Lancaster’s men behind two northern hemisphere nations with Ireland strengthening their hold on third place with the victory.
England finally ended a run of five successive defeats – albeit them all against the top two sides in the world – with a hard-fought 28-9 victory over Samoa, although the win over the eleventh ranked team had no impact on their rating.
The same was true of New Zealand and South Africa after they enjoyed victories over Wales (34-16) and Italy (22-6) respectively on Saturday. The All Blacks, who were named World Rugby Team of the Year for the fifth year in a row after the match, have now sat top of the rankings for five years.
Despite the defeat, Wales have climbed one place to sixth as a result of France’s 18-13 defeat to the lower ranked Argentina in Paris. The win was not enough to improve Argentina’s ranking of ninth, but they have closed to within six tenths of Scotland above them.
Samoa are another side to improve their position despite suffering a defeat after Japan slipped one to eleventh on the back of a surprise 35-24 loss to Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday, one which ended the Brave Blossoms’ winning streak at eleven Tests.
Previous position bracketed
1(1) New Zealand 93.70
2(2) South Africa 89.93
3(3) Ireland 85.48
4(5) England 84.21
5(4) Australia 83.59
6(7) Wales 79.94
7(6) France 79.66
8(8) Scotland 78.78
9(9) Argentina 78.23
10(11) Samoa 75.39
With thanks to World Rugby