Boks top rankings for the first time in ten years after World Cup win

Boks top rankings for the first time in ten years after World Cup win

The Springboks win over England in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final has seen them move from second to first place on World Rugby’s rankings while New Zealand also leapfrogged England to take second place.

England have moved down two places after their defeat that proved most pundits and also the bookies wrong. England had returned to the top for the first time since June 2004 after beating the All Blacks 19-7 a week ago but have now sunk back to third place following the All Blacks 40-17 win in the bronze play-off against Wales on Friday and England’s own defeat by more than 15 points against South Africa.

This is the first time that South Africa had topped the rankings since 16 November 2009 when the All Blacks had replaced them as number one, a position they held for 509 weeks.

World Rugby Rankings (Top 12)

POSITION

PREVIOUS

TEAMS

POINTS

 

 

1

(2)

 England

92.29

   

2

(4)

 South Africa

90.71

   

3

(1)

 New Zealand

89.92

   

4

(3)

 Wales

87.21

   

5

(5)

 Ireland

84.45

   

6

(6)

 Australia

81.90

   

7

(7)

 France

80.88

   

8

(8)

 Japan

79.28

   

9

(9)

 Scotland

79.23

   

10

(10)

 Argentina

78.31

   

11

(11)

 Fiji

76.21

   

12

(12)

 Italy

72.04