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Rankings boost for Boks

  • 21 Aug 2017
The Springboks embrace their captain Eben Etzebeth The Springboks embrace their captain Eben Etzebeth

The Springboks have risen to fourth in the World Rugby rankings following their 37-15 win over Argentina in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Boks’ 22-point victory in their Rugby Championship opener earns them a 0.35 of a point increase, which is enough to lift them above Australia in the rankings.

The Wallabies were deducted 0.42 of a rating point following their 54-34 hammering at the hands of the All Blacks, who gained a 0.43 point increase to extend their lead at the top of the list.

Lower down, Saturday’s loss underlined Argentina’s rapid decline. They have now slipped below Fiji to 10th after suffering 0.35 of a rankings point decrease.

World Rugby rankings (Top 20)

1. New Zealand 95.21

2. England 90.14

3. Ireland 85.39

4. South Africa 84.51

5. Australia 84.21

6. Scotland 82.47

7. Wales 81.73

8. France 79.63

9. Fiji 79.48

10. Argentina 79.15

11. Japan 73.79

12. Georgia 73.41

13. Tonga 71.72

14. Italy 71.00

15. Romania 70.27

16. Samoa 69.67

17. USA 65.84

18. Uruguay 63.15

19. Spain 63.15

20. Russia 63.13
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How the rankings work

Photo: @Springboks/Twitter

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