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.
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.
France have dropped to fifth in the World Rugby rankings following their angonising 27-23 Six Nations defeat by Scotland in Paris on Friday.
France have moved up to third in the World Rugby rankings following their dramatic 32-30 Six Nations victory over Wales in Paris this past Saturday.
England’s first defeat by Scotland at Twickenham since 1983 has cost them second place in the World Rugby Rankings, with the All Blacks now the closest team to South Africa.
South Africa’s lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings have grown bigger after the All Blacks dropped to third following their loss to Argentina on Saturday.
The Springboks have extended their lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings despite not playing a Test match since last year’s World Cup final.
World Rugby has announced that the Rugby World Cup 2023 draw will take place in Paris at Palais Brongniart on 14 December.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has urged World Rugby to suspend the Test rankings for the remainder of the year due to Covid-19 uncertainty.