Ireland up to third in rankings
South Africa’s latest draw with Australia has handed New Zealand the Rugby C h a m p io n s h i p t i t l e a n d Ireland third spot in the World Rugby Rankings.
While there continues to be nothing between South Africa and Australia on the pitch, following consecutive draws in the Rugby Championship, the gap between the two in the World Rugby Rankings has closed to just 0.69 of a point.
Saturday’s 27-27 stalemate in Bloemfontein, three weeks after the sides had shared the spoils 23-23 in Perth, has resulted in the Springboks losing a fraction under half a rating point to drop to 85.35 points, putting them below Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, who take their place in third. Australia stay fifth, but with a better rating of 84.66 points.
Schmidt’s men host South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 11, before facing Fiji and Argentina over the next two weekends in Dublin.