England have been demoted to fourth place, while Ireland rose to third in the World Rugby rankings following this past weekend’s Six Nations results.
The Springboks will finish the year with a nearly two-point lead over the second-placed All Blacks in the World Rugby rankings.
The Springboks have officially relinquished their status as the No 1-ranked team in the world to the All Blacks.
England have been demoted to fourth place, while France rose to third in the World Rugby rankings following this past weekend’s Six Nations results.
Ireland have dropped to fourth in the World Rugby rankings following their shock defeat by Japan, while Wales rose to second after their win over Australia.
Rassie Erasmus says that the uncertainty around the No 1 ranking should have referees heading into the World Cup with no preconceived ideas about one team’s dominance. JON CARDINELLI in Tokyo reports.
JON CARDINELLI considers where the top nations should rank going into the World Cup in Japan.
The All Blacks retained the world No 1 ranking after Wales squandered a golden opportunity to unseat them at the top, while the Boks slipped to fifth.
The Springboks have moved up into fourth place in the official World Rugby rankings following their draw with the All Blacks in Wellington.
Wales have climbed to third place in the World Rugby rankings following their Six Nations victory over England in Cardiff on Saturday.