• France and Italy slip positions

    France have dropped two places on the IRB world rankings after their 27-6 defeat to Wales last week.

    Les Bleus now sit in seventh spot below Wales and Ireland, and the three sides are now separated by just two tenths of a rating point with England remaining the leading northern hemisphere nation in the rankings with a cushion that is now up to 4.7.

    Italy also suffered a slip in ranking position following Scotland’s 21-20 win over the Azzurri thanks to a dramatic drop-goal from Duncan Weir.

    IRB World Rankings (top 15):
    (Previous position bracketed)

    1 (1). New Zealand 93.81
    2 (2). South Africa 89.34
    3 (3). Australia 86.88
    4 (4). England 85.46
    5 (6). Ireland 80.76
    6 (7). Wales 80.60
    7 (5). France 80.56
    8 (8). Samoa 77.34
    9 (9). Argentina 76.44
    10 (10). Scotland 76.35
    11 (11). Fiji 74.21
    12 (12). Tonga 73.21
    13 (14). Japan 72.06
    14 (13). Italy 72.05
    15 (15). Canada 70.75

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