• Boks slip to No 6 in rankings

    The Springboks have dropped to sixth in the World Rugby rankings, despite claiming a 37-15 win over France in Durban on Saturday.

    South Africa rose two spots to fifth last week after their Loftus victory. Their ratings points tally increased by 0.76 from 82.87 to 83.63 after winning again at Kings Park, yet they have still slipped to sixth. 

    This is because Scotland have climbed to fifth after their thrilling 24-19 win over Australia. The Scots were rewarded for their first-ever win in Sydney with a 1.72 rankings points increase.

    In a direct swap, Ireland have overtaken the Wallabies in third place.

    World Rugby rankings (Top 20)

    1. New Zealand 94.78
    2. England 90.14
    3. Ireland 85.09
    4. Australia 84.63
    5. Scotland 83.90
    6. South Africa 83.63
    7. Wales 81.90
    8. France 80.16
    9. Argentina 79.31
    10. Fiji 76.63
    11. Japan 74.09
    12. Georgia 73.61
    13. Tonga 71.40
    14. Samoa 71.25
    15. Italy 71.00
    16. Romania 70.27
    17. USA 66.10
    18. Spain 64.02
    19. Russia 63.13
    20. Uruguay 62.28

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    Article written by

    Mariette Adams