Boks climb rankings, Scotland drop

Date published: June 12 2017

South Africa moved up two places in the World Rankings after their win over France while Scotland dropped one spot, despite beating Italy.

The new-look Springboks, who named five debutants in their starting line-up, outscored the visitors by four tries to two to take the first game of a three-Test series. They move above Scotland and France.

France, who get the chance for revenge in Durban next week, lost an identical amount of points under the points exchange system to drop to eighth with Wales moving up one place to seventh as a result.

England are now on 89.87 rating points in the rankings after beating Argentina, just under five points behind New Zealand. The Pumas stay ninth, on 79.58 points.

Earlier in the day, Karmichael Hunt made an encouraging debut as Australia, ranked number three in the world, saw off Fiji 37-14.

Ireland's rating and position of fourth is also unchanged after a 55-19 win over 17th ranked USA in New Jersey.

World Rankings
Previous position in brackets

1(1) New Zealand 94.78
2(2) England 89.87
3(3) Australia 86.35
4(4) Ireland 84.66
5(7) South Africa 82.87
6(5) Scotland 82.18
7(8) Wales 81.36
8(6) France 80.92
9(9) Argentina 79.58
10(10) Fiji 76.46
11(11) Japan 74.52
12(12) Georgia 72.92
13(13) Tonga 71.94
14(14) Samoa 71.25
15(15) Italy 71.17
16(16) Romania 69.86
17(17) USA 66.79
18(18) Spain 64.02
19(20) Russia 62.40
20(19) Namibia 61.80

With thanks to World Rugby