France have been rewarded for their third successive win in the Six Nations, leapfrogging England into third place in the latest official World Rugby Rankings.
As was the case last week, South Africa and New Zealand remain the top-two ranked sides in the world, as all the movement took place below them among the Six Nations teams.
France kept their Six Nations Grand Slam ambitions on track thanks to a first win over Scotland in Murrayfield since 2014 and have also moved above England in the rankings to third.
Les Bleus’ third consecutive victory of the campaign boosted their rating by 1.84 points to 87.84 – nearly a point more than England who only received a fraction over a quarter of a point for beating Wales 23-19 at Twickenham.
Despite the defeat, Wales find themselves higher up the rankings in seventh after swapping places with Scotland, who drop to eighth.
Scotland suffered a bigger points deduction than Wales, which has resulted in their rating falling to 81.75. Wales are now on 81.99 points.
Ireland remain in fifth place in the rankings as their 57-6 win over Italy in Dublin did not earn them any additional ratings points.
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