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Boks down to fifth in World Rankings

Boks down to fifth in World Rankings

New Zealand remain top of the World Rugby Rankings, while Australia are now third after wins in the final round of the Rugby Championship.

New Zealand survived a massive fight from South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday to finish the Rugby Championship unbeaten and slightly increased their lead at the top of the World Rugby Rankings.

The All Blacks earned 0.31 of a rating point, making their overall tally read 95.52. They now hold a 5.38-point advantage over England.

Australia claimed second place in the Rugby Championship which moved them into third place in the World Rugby Rankings. They leap-frogged Ireland and South Africa following a 37-20 win over bottom-of-the-table Argentina in Mendoza.

The Wallabies are on 85.59 points, gaining 0.93 of a point, which is two-tenths more than Ireland and slightly more than half a point more than the Springboks.

Los Pumas remain in 10th place in the rankings, with Japan hot on their heels as they only hold a 3.14-point cushion over their nearest rivals.

World Rugby Rankings

Previous position in brackets

1(1) New Zealand 95.52

2(2) England 90.14

3(5) Australia 85.59

4(3) Ireland 85.39

5(4) South Africa 85.03

6(6) Scotland 82.47

7(7) Wales 81.73

8(8) France 79.63

9(9) Fiji 79.48

10(10) Argentina 76.93

With thanks to World Rugby

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