Ireland Claims Top Spot in World Rugby Rankings
In a thrilling World Cup Pool B match at Stade de France, the Springboks had the chance to secure the top spot in the world rankings, but they faced a heartbreaking 13-8 defeat.
Impact on World Rugby Rankings
The outcome of this match had a significant impact on the official world rankings, with Ireland emerging as the new leaders.
Ireland’s Rating Rises
Ireland’s rating increased by 3.20 points following their impressive 13-8 victory over South Africa.
This surge in points propelled them to the top of the world rankings.
France in Pursuit
France now stands as the nearest challenger to Ireland, with a rating of 90.59, leaving them 0.89 points behind Les Bleus.
Springboks’ Ranking Decline
The Springboks, following their defeat, lost 1.97 points, resulting in a new rating of 89.70 points.
They are now 0.89 points behind France and 4.09 points adrift of Ireland.
Australia’s Fall in Rankings
In another noteworthy development, Australia’s significant loss to Wales led to them dropping to their lowest-ever position of 10th in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
Argentina’s scrappy 19-10 win over Samoa earned them 1.72 points and saw them climb to ninth place, while the Wallabies fell to 10th.
France Takes Second Place
Despite not earning any points for their remarkable 96-0 win over Namibia, France secured the second spot in the rankings, surpassing South Africa.
Shifting Rankings for Other Teams
Italy’s victory over Uruguay resulted in them overtaking Samoa in the rankings, securing the 11th position.
Similarly, Japan’s 18-18 draw with Portugal led to them taking the 13th place from Georgia.
Scotland and England Maintain Positions
Scotland and England remained unchanged in the rankings, holding the fifth and sixth positions, respectively, after securing bonus-point wins over Tonga and Chile.