The Springboks have officially relinquished their status as the No 1-ranked team in the world to the All Blacks.
With South Africa and New Zealand set to face off in the 100th Test between the sides, check out the key historic numbers from the game’s fiercest rivalry.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has downplayed their return to the top of the world rankings, saying it is not on their minds because winning Test matches is all that matters.
Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has launched a scathing attack on the Springboks, who he predicts will be no match for New Zealand in the 100th Test between the sides this coming Saturday.
World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the fourth round of Rugby Championship matches this weekend.
South Africa’s lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings has been reduced to just over two points by the All Blacks, while Australia have climbed two places on the list.
The All Blacks overcame a frustrating start to clinch a commanding bonus-point win over Argentina in Gold Coast on Saturday.
Wallabies scrumhalf Tate McDermott has given a damning assessment of his side’s performance and form ahead of their Rugby Championship clash with the Springboks in Gold Coast on Sunday.
The All Blacks scored six tries to thump the Wallabies 38-21 in Perth on Sunday despite conceding a red card in the Rugby Championship clash.
Australia coach Dave Rennie says the Wallabies would not use the All Blacks’ perceived disrespect as motivation for the upcoming Perth Test, drawing a line under a scheduling row that erupted between the rugby powers last week.