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No 1 ranking at stake at Eden Park


  • 12 Sep 2013
Springbok wing Bryan Habana Springbok wing Bryan Habana

As if the Test wasn't hyped enough, now a spot at the summit of the game's rankings is an incentive for the Springboks to beat the All Blacks on Saturday. 

New Zealand have been top of the pile since 16 November 2009, but defeat against the Springboks in their Castle Rugby Championship encounter at Eden Park – where the All Blacks are on a 30-match hot streak – will see the two sides swap places.

The Springboks haven't won at the ground since 1937, but they are widely thought to have their best chance to snap the drought this weekend.

The All Blacks are 2.7 rating points ahead of the Springboks at present.  A narrow victory for the tourists will give them at least a 0.44 point advantage. However, a win by more than 15 points would see them enjoy a cushion of just over two points.

IRB rankings (top 10)

1. New Zealand 91.64
2. South Africa 88.94
3. England 85.76
4. Australia 83.67
5. France 81.59
6. Wales 81.36
7. Samoa 80.42
8. Ireland 79.58
9. Scotland 76.95
10. Argentina 76.41

Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

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