Things Are About To Get Even Worse For Ireland Following Wales Defeat

Overtaken.

At the beginning of last month Ireland were in an incredible position to overtake world champions the All Blacks as the number one ranked team in the world.

But that was last month and a lot has happened since then. Defeat to England and Wales has left Ireland reeling, with the men in green going from a Grand Slam to a third place finish in the Six Nations.

And while the entire team will be reeling from yesterday’s embarrassing 25-7 defeat to Wales at the Principality – things are about to get even worse for Joe Schmidt’s men.

Wales’ victory means they will overtake Ireland as the number one two ranked team in the world when the official World Rugby Rankings are released tomorrow. The win for Gatland’s men has earned them 1.23 points, with Ireland losing the same amount.

Here’s how the rankings will look:

A reality check for Ireland. There’s work to do yet ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. But all is not lost. There’s plenty of time yet.