Japan Continue To Soar As Latest World Rugby Rankings Are Released

History makers.

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.

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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.