New Zealand have reduced South Africa’s lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings while Australia have sunk to a record-equalling low on the list.
The All Blacks have regained the No 1 spot in the World Rugby rankings after Wales dropped to fourth following a defeat by Ireland on Saturday.
World Rugby vice-president and former Argentina international Agustin Pichot has joined the chorus of criticism against the official Test rankings.
Ireland could become the second team to reach the summit of the World Rugby rankings in as many weeks if they beat England at Twickenham on Saturday.
The All Blacks will have a point to prove at the World Cup after a disappointing Rugby Championship campaign as well as a drop down the rankings, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Wales have climbed up to second in the World Rugby rankings after beating Ireland 25-7 in Cardiff.
The All Blacks’ No 1 World Rugby ranking will be on the line when they take on the Wallabies in Yokohama on Saturday.
The Springboks have dropped to No 7 in the World Rugby rankings after their 32-19 loss to Argentina in Mendoza.
The Springboks have climbed up to No 5 in the World Rugby rankings after their 23-12 win over England in Bloemfontein.
The Springboks will climb from seventh to third in the World Rugby rankings if they beat England and Ireland beat the Wallabies.