Ireland Set For World Rankings Boost That Will Have A Significant Impact Going Forward
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Ireland made it two wins from two in the Six Nations so far this year with a huge bonus-point win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tries from Jordan Larmour, Tadhg Furlong, Josh van der Flier and Andrew Conway ensured a 24-14 win for the men in green and maintains Andy Farrell’s one hundred per cent start since becoming head coach.
The result could also end up being a hugely significant one going forward with Ireland set to leapfrog Wales into fourth place in the World Rugby Rankings on the back on the win.
And before you step in to stay ‘the world rankings don’t mean anything’, in this instance they do. World Rugby recently announced that the draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will take place following the November internationals.
The top four teams in the world come the end of November will go into ‘Band 1’ making them the top seeds and giving them a more favourable draw. If Ireland can maintain their position above Wales until then, they will have a significant advantage come 2023.
World rankings updated for today's matches. England and Ireland making gains unsurprisingly, with Ireland leapfrogging Wales up into 4th.#RugbyUnited #Rankings #IREvWAL #SCOvENG pic.twitter.com/cuei31V9SX
— Rugby4Cast (@Rugby4Cast) February 8, 2020