Boks move up rankings
CAPE TOWN — Following their 32-26 win over Ireland in Johannesburg, the Springboks have moved past Australia to third spot in the official World Rugby rankings.
South Africa’s come-from-behind win not only keeps the three-match series against Ireland alive but also improves their rating points by 0.37.
England’s series-clinching 23-7 win over Australia in Melbourne has seen them move up to second spot, with the Wallabies moving down two spots to No 4.
The Springboks are now on 86.03 points in third - nearly two adrift of England and 10 behind world champions New Zealand, but six tenths ahead of Australia.
Argentina’s 30-19 win over France in Tucuman means that Los Pumas stay fifth ahead of Wales, who went down in a brave 36-22 defeat to the All Blacks, while Ireland remain unmoved in seventh.
France, however, have lost eighth spot to Scotland, who came from behind to earn a hard-fought 26-13 win in their first ever Test match in Japan. Les Bleus are now ninth, their lowest position since the World Rugby Rankings began in October 2003.
Fiji’s 26-16 win over Samoa saw them retain the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and ensured they remain as one of the world’s top 10 ranked teams. With results from the competition over this year and next counting towards qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019, Fiji are now insurmountable favourites to take either of the two Oceania spots.
World Rugby rankings (Top 10): New Zealand (96.10 points), England (88.50), South Africa (86.03), Australia (85.43), Argentina (82.87), Wales (82.49), Ireland (81.96), Scotland (79.50), France (78.09), Fiji (77.14). — Sport24