The Official World Rugby Rankings Are Out – And History Has Been Made
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The reign is over.
New Zealand’s nearly ten year reign at the top of the official World Rugby Rankings is over. There’s a new team at the top of the mountain.
Despite retaining the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday with a magnificent 36-0 demolition of Australia at Eden Park, the All Blacks are no longer the best team in the world – at least according to the rankings.
Wales’ win over England has seen them overtake Steven Hansen’s side to become just the fourth team in history to occupy the number one ranking, after England, New Zealand and South Africa.
Their 13-6 win at the Principality Stadium on Saturday means their rating has now increased to 89.43 rating points – leaving them three-hundredths of a point ahead of New Zealand.
England, meanwhile, drop a place to fifth after being overtaken by South Africa, 24-18 winners against Argentina in Pretoria, and France trade places with Scotland and move up one to seventh after their emphatic 32-3 win over Gregor Townsend’s side in Nice.