Third place on the line at Twickenham

01st Nov 2013, 19:36

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Playing for ranking places: England and Australia

Playing for ranking places: England and Australia

Saturday's clash between England and Australia at Twickenham will also decide third place in the IRB World Rankings come Monday.

Saturday's clash between England and Australia at Twickenham will also decide third place in the IRB World Rankings come Monday.

England are the side in possession, with a 1.51 point lead over their Wallaby counterparts. They can widen that gap with a win this weekend, and can also gain ground on second-placed South Africa.

But victory for Ewen McKenzie's men would see them overtake the 2003 World Champions, re-establishing a Southern Hemisphere 1-2-3 placing in the World Rankings.

Whatever Saturday's outcome, neither side can slip lower than fourth place.

Elsewhere, first-placed New Zealand will look to maintain their 2013 winning run with victory over Japan in Tokyo - the first meeting of the teams on Japanese soil.

A win for the All Blacks will not impact the ratings, however, thanks to the vast difference in points and places between the two sides.