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World Rankings: Wales slip to lowest ranking ever, All Blacks close gap on Ireland

The latest Men’s World Rankings are now in, and it makes unpleasant reading for Wales fans as they slip outside of the top 10 for the first time in their history. 

Warren Gatland’s side have lost eight games on the spin, but their latest defeat to the Wallabies coupled with Fiji’s win over Georgia this weekend has condemned them to 11th place in the rankings.

The Springboks have extended their gap at the top of the pile to 94.86 points, 4.29 points clear of now bitter-rivals Ireland.

Ireland now need to keep an eye on the teams below them too following their 27-20 loss to South Africa at the weekend. The All Blacks victory over England has closed the gap between them and Andy Farrell’s men to just 0.25 points and if results go their way again Scott Robertson’s side could leapfrog them into second place.

Despite the defeat to New Zealand, England remain fifth in the rankings. Scotland’s huge 73-12  victory over Canada keeps them in sixth in the rankings, and they now find themselves 2.72 points above Argentina. This margin of victory has also pushed Canada down to 22nd from 21st.

Elsewhere, Italy’s defeat to Samoa has also seen them drop down a place from eighth to ninth; and Samoa have also leapfrogged Georgia into 13th. Uruguay have also climbed up a place from 18th to 17th following the USA’s 22-20 defeat to Romania.

Chile are also starting to close the gap on the top 20, and are just 2.47 points off Romania.

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Men’s World Rankings: Top 20 in full

Springboks top the World Rankings

Springboks top the World Rankings

1 South Africa 94.86

2 Ireland 90.37

3New Zealand 90.12

4. France 88.49

5. England 85.66

6. Scotland 82.82

7.Argentina 80.10

8. Australia 78.15

9. Italy 77.99

10. Fiji 77.44

11. Wales 76.58

12. Japan 74.04

13. Samoa 73.65

14. Georgia 72.95

15. Tonga 71.57

16. Portugal 70.28

17. Uruguay 67.39

18. USA 66.01

19. Spain 64.37

20. Romania 63.59

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