No change atop World Rugby rank­ings

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CAPE TOWN — New Zealand’s record­break­ing win over Aus­tralia in Auck­land has not brought about a change in the of­fi­cial World Rugby rank­ings.

The All Blacks’ 37-10 win was their 18th in a row, set­ting a new record for tier one Test na­tions.

But their lead over sec­ond-placed Eng­land re­mains at 7.08 points, as nei­ther New Zealand’s nor Aus­tralia’s points to­tal changed af­ter the match at Eden Park.

The vic­tory saw Steve Hansen’s side sur­pass the tier one record win­ning streak of 17 Tests pre­vi­ously held by the 1965-69 and 2013-14 All Blacks, as well as the 1997-98 Spring­boks.

Cyprus, a tier two na­tion, holds the of­fi­cial record with 24 con­sec­u­tive Test wins — achieved be­tween 2008 and 2014.

The Spring­boks, mean­while, re­main fourth in the rank­ings, be­hind the Wal­la­bies, Eng­land and New Zealand.

Top 15 in the lat­est World Rugby rank­ings: 1. New Zealand 96.57 2. Eng­land 89.49 3. Aus­tralia 85.33 4. South Africa 84.85 5. Wales 82.49 6. Ire­land 81.67 7. France 80.75 8. Scot­land 80.44 9. Ar­gentina 80.31 10. Fiji 75.49 11. Ge­or­gia 75.23 12. Ja­pan 74.95 13. Italy 72.23 14. Samoa 71.37 15. Tonga 69.47 — Sport24

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