Boks slump to fourth

The Springboks have dropped to fourth in the World Rugby rankings following their humiliating 57-15 loss to the All Blacks in Durban.

The Boks conceded nine tries against the rampant New Zealanders in the most one-sided Test between the two nations yet, and the win saw the All Blacks equal the record for most successive Test victories (17).

The 42-point drubbing cost South Africa 0.27 of a ratings point from 85.12 to 84.85, which sees them drop from third to fourth in the rankings below the Wallabies.

Steve Hansen's All Blacks gained 0.27 of a ratings point to increase their lead at the top of the list.

Australia received a 0.62 ratings point boost – from 84.71 to 85.33 – after they beat Argentina 33-21 in the first Rugby Championship Test played in the northern hemisphere. But despite the Wallabies climbing to third, they still trail the second-placed England by 4.16 ranking points.

The result at Twickenham decreased Los Pumas' rating by 0.62 of a point, which relegated them two positions from seventh to ninth, below France and Scotland.

World Rugby rankings (Top 20)

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)
Full rankings 
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