Spring­boks slip to fifth in rank­ings

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CAPE TOWN — Fol­low­ing their 20-18 de­feat to Italy in Florence, the Spring­boks have dropped one po­si­tion to fifth on the of­fi­cial World Rugby rank­ings.

De­spite los­ing 21-9 at home to New Zealand, Ire­land have moved ahead of the Boks into fourth po­si­tion.

Hav­ing picked up one-fifth of a rat­ing point fol­low­ing their win in Dublin, the topranked All Blacks are now on 94.78 points with Eng­land un­changed in sec­ond, on 89.84 points, af­ter their 58-15 win over Fiji at Twick­en­ham.

Aus­tralia ce­mented third place with a tense 25-23 win against France in Paris, while Scot­land — who beat Ar­gentina 19-16 in Ed­in­burgh — move to 80.57 points which puts them sev­enth ahead of France and Ar­gentina, al­though less than a point cov­ers the three na­tions.

Italy’s shock win over the Spring­boks saw them gain two full rat­ing points which would have been enough to lift them up one place to 12th in the rank­ings had Ge­or­gia not beaten Samoa 20-16 in Tbil­isi.

One-hun­dredth of a rat­ing point is all that now separates Conor O’Shea’s men from the Le­los.

This week­end, the Spring­boks travel to Cardiff to face Wales, who stay sixth in the rank­ings, courtesy of a last-gasp 33-30 home win over Ja­pan. Top 15 in the lat­est World Rugby

rank­ings: 1. New Zealand 94.78 2. Eng­land 89.84 3. Aus­tralia 88.14 4. Ire­land 83.46 5. South Africa 82.49 6. Wales 81.77 7. Scot­land 80.57 8. France 80.13 9. Ar­gentina 79.91 10. Fiji 75.49 11. Ja­pan 75.20 12. Ge­or­gia 74.24 13. Italy 74.23 14. Samoa 70.91 15. Tonga 70.25 — Sport24

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