Rampant All Blacks go to record levels on world rankings
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.
All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.