Ram­pant All Blacks go to record lev­els on world rank­ings

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Rugby Heaven

It’s the All Blacks first and day­light sec­ond as Steve Hansen’s team ex­tend their lead at the top of the World Rugby rank­ings to a record level. The All Blacks’ to­tal dom­i­nance of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship was sealed with a 57-15 thrash­ing of the Spring­boks at the week­end and that was re­flected in the lat­est rank­ings is­sued by World Rugby. They have now climbed to the high­est points to­tal of any team since the rank­ings were in­tro­duced in 2003, sit­ting on 96.57 points.

Sec­ond-placed Eng­land sit a dis­tant 7.08 points in ar­rears with the All Blacks now en­joy­ing the big­gest lead held un­der the rank­ings sys­tem. The All Blacks have been sit­ting No 1 for seven years, a dom­i­nance that has seen them win backto-back World Cups. They are now on a world record equalling run of 17 con­sec­u­tive test wins and are ea­ger to take sole charge of that when they play the Wal­la­bies at Eden Park on October 22. The Spring­boks’ loss saw them drop to fourth be­hind Aus­tralia. The Wal­la­bies went to third on the back of their London win over Ar­gentina. The loss for the Pu­mas saw them drop to No 9, win­ning just one match in this year’s Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

Photo: Zim­bio

All Blacks winger Waisake Na­holo.

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