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.
England have climbed up to No 3 in the World Rugby rankings after their 32-20 win over Ireland in Dublin.
The Springboks will finish 2018 in fifth place on the World Rugby rankings after their 20-11 loss to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
There are no positional changes to the World Rugby rankings after a weekend that saw the Springboks beat the Wallabies and the All Blacks retain the Rugby Championship.