Japan Continue To Soar As Latest World Rugby Rankings Are Released
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Japan created history on Sunday after a 28-21 victory over Scotland saw them top Pool A and progress to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time ever.
The win, their first-ever over Scotland, also helped them climb above France into seventh place in the World Rugby Rankings – their highest ever position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.
Japan now sit only 1.44 points behind Australia in sixth with the top eight in the rankings mirroring the eight nations who will contest the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-finals on 20-21 October.
Tonga, meanwhile, have jumped three places to 13th on the back of their 31-19 victory over USA in Higashiosaka City. The Eagles drop four places to 17th after suffering two defeats in a row, with Spain climbing to a new high of 16th as a result.