The Latest World Rankings Are Out & It’s Good News For Ireland
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Ireland have leapfrogged Australia in the World Rankings thanks to their perfect November series, coupled with the Wallabies losing to both England and Scotland this month.
The 53-24 defeat at the hands of Scotland resulted in a loss of 1.8 rating points for Michael Cheika’s side, to leave them on 85.49 points – nine-tenths less than Ireland whose total stays at 86.39 after a 28-19 home win over Argentina.
New Zealand’s 33-18 win over Wales in Cardiff sees them preserve their 3.12-point advantage over England at the top of the rankings heading into 2018. The All Blacks are unchanged on 93.99 points, while England stay on 90.87 points as no points were on offer for their 48-14 victory against Samoa because of the points difference between the two.
Despite their loss to Ireland, Argentina gain a place and move into eighth at the expense of France, who could only draw at home to Japan.
Chile were the biggest winners, in terms of places gained, jumping four to 24th after a 32-10 win over Germany in Offenbach in the first-ever international between the sides. Germany drop to 26th.