The Rugby World Rankings Could Be Set For A Big Shake-Up This Weekend
On the up.
The Springboks could climb as high as third in the world, leapfrogging both England and Wales should they repeat their feat in Wellington last month – and defeat the mighty All Blacks in the Rugby Championship this weekend.
Steve Hansen’s men were defeated 34-36 by a spirited Springboks side in a thrilling Test match at Westpac Stadium last month, pushing them up two places from seventh to fifth in the World Rugby Rankings, leaving Ireland breathing down the All Blacks’ necks.
They’ve since gone on to defeat Australia too, and will no doubt feel they can repeat the feat, especially considering this time – they play the All Blacks at home.
A big win in Rugby Championship this weekend could see @Springboks move above @EnglandRugby and Wales into 3rd #WorldRugbyRankings….and a win for Argentina would move them above @qantaswallabies for the first time in 10 years…and up to 7th (highest ranking since April 2016)
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) October 4, 2018
Elsewhere, Australia’a misery could get even worse if they fall to defeat against Los Pumas in Argentina. A win will move Argentina above Australia in the rankings for the first time in 10 years and into 7th.
The final round of the 2018 Rugby Championship promises to be the best one yet. A loss for the All Blacks could also leave Ireland in pole position to claim top spot for the first time in history next month. Imagine it.