• Rankings boost for Los Pumas

    Argentina have climbed two places to seventh in the World Rugby rankings following their last-ditch 26-24 victory over the Springboks in Salta on Saturday.

    Los Pumas went into the clash ranked ninth, but the win, courtesy of Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias's late strike, earned them a 1.32 rankings points increase from 80.12 to 81.44. Argentina's elevation relegates France and Scotland to eighth and ninth respectively.

    South Africa are safe in third position for now, but their points tally was reduced by 1.33 after their first defeat on Argentinian soil. This means the Springboks are now more than four rating points behind England and less than a point above the Wallabies.

    The All Blacks didn't gain any points following their 29-9 Bledisloe Cup win over the Australia, who also didn't lose any rating points.

    World Rugby rankings (Top 20)

    1. New Zealand 96.30
    
2. England 89.49
    
3. South Africa 85.08

    4. Australia 84.23

    5. Wales 82.49

    6. Ireland 81.67

    7. Argentina 81.44
    8. France 80.75
    
9. Scotland 80.44
    10. Fiji 75.49

    11. Georgia 75.23
    
12. Japan 74.95
    
13. Italy 72.23

    14. Samoa 71.37

    15. Tonga 69.47
    
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    Mariette Adams