The Springboks have officially relinquished their status as the No 1-ranked team in the world to the All Blacks.
The All Blacks’ 36-13 win over Argentina at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane combined with Springboks’ 30-17 defeat by the Wallabies resulted in a 2.37-point swing, enabling New Zealand to swap positions with South Africa.
New Zealand started the weekend 2.17 ratings points behind the reigning world champions in second place, but they gained 0.84 of a ratings point this past weekend and now hold a slender lead worth just two-tenths of a point.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies are up to third for the first time since June 2018 after completing back-to-back wins over South Africa. They were awarded 1.54 ratings points, while South Africa were docked 1.54 points.
With Australia moving up to third, England and Ireland have fallen to fourth and fifth, respectively.
World Rugby rankings (Top 10):
1. New Zealand (91.15 points)
2. South Africa (90.95)
3. Australia (85.65)
4. England (85.44)
5. Ireland (84.85)
6. France (83.87)
7. Argentina (82.03)
8. Scotland (82.02)
9. Wales (80.59)
10. Japan (79.13)
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