Rankings: Wales climb to second

Date published: September 28 2015

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Wales' thrilling win over England on Saturday helped them climb to second in the latest world rankings.

This is the highest ranking the union has ever achieved after coach Warren Gatland took Wales up to fourth early in his tenure.

Meanwhile, England will continue to lick their wounds as they fall down three places to sixth, one behind South Africa, who climb one place.

The other big winners are Scotland, whose back-to-back wins over Japan and USA have seen them climb to ninth place from 12th.

Despite their drubbing of Uruguay, Australia move down to third while Ireland hold fourth spot.

France and Argentina remain in seventh and eighth respectively, with the indomitable New Zealand, who are favourites to win the World Cup with Betbright keeping a firm grasp of their top spot. 

World Rankings:

1. New Zealand – 92.89
2. Wales – 87.31
3. Australia – 86.75
4. Ireland – 84.40
5. South Africa – 82.66
6. England – 82.35
7. France – 81.12
8. Argentina -79.66
9. Scotland -79.05
10. Fiji – 76.96
11. Samoa – 74.67
12. Japan – 73.01
13. Tonga -72.43
14. Italy – 71.46
15. Georgia – 71.35  
16 USA – 69.20       
17 Romania – 66.28    
18 Canada – 64.24     
19 Uruguay – 62.11 
20 Namibia – 61.85

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