Ireland Breathing Down All Blacks’ Necks As Latest World Rugby Rankings Released

Wake up call.

The All Blacks’ loss to South Africa at Westpac Stadium in the Rugby Championship on Saturday has cost them two points in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

Steve Hansen’s men were defeated 34-36 by a spirited Springboks side in a thrilling Test match in Wellington. Rassie Erasmus’ main gained the same amount of point for the victory, and move up two places to fifth thanks to that and Australia’s loss to Argentina.

New Zealand have two away games to come in the Rugby Championship against Argentina and South Africa, meaning there’s a possibility Ireland could be the number one team in the world come November if Steve Hansen’s men slip up again.

Either way – things will be very interesting when these two meet in Dublin. There’s a chance the number one spot could be on the line depending on results for both sides.