Plenty Of Movement As Latest World Rankings Are Released

Look away Scotland fans.

Wales’ win over Scotland in the Six Nations this weekend means they jump up one place in the World Rankings to sixth, overtaking their opponents who move down two places to seventh.

The bonus-point victory as worth 1.35 rating points, improving Wales’ overall points tally to 83.43, just under four tenths less than South Africa, who take Scotland’s place in fifth.

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Ireland’s hopes of a Grand Slam are still alive after Johnny Sexton’s last-gasp drop goal in Paris. The win also saw them pick up just under half a rating point to boost their tally to 86.86.

The gap between themselves in third and second-placed England is now down to a fraction over four points. England did not gain anything from a rankings perspective for their 46-15 demolition of Italy in Rome, due to the 19.62-point differential between the sides before kick-off.

France’s agonising 15-13 home loss to Ireland has seen them fall to their lowest-ever position of 10th since the rankings were introduced in October 2003. Fiji replace them in ninth to equal their highest-ever ranking.