Two Big Movers As Latest World Rugby Rankings Released
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Australia’s win over Ireland in Brisbane on Saturday couple with England’s defeat at the hands of Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks has seen the Wallabies leapfrog Eddie Jones’ men in the World Rugby Rankings.
Australia’s 18-9 win at Suncorp Stadium ended Ireland’s 12-match winning run, and with it Michael Cheika’s side pick up 1.07 points which takes them above England and into third.
For now, Ireland are safe in second place, behind New Zealand who turned in a second-half masterclass to beat France 52-11, but the difference between the Six Nations champions and the Wallabies is now down to one and a half points.
For the first time in two years, England find themselves down to fourth in the rankings. Eddie Jones’ side had looked set to end their recent run of bad results as they raced into a 24-3 lead playing some superb rugby but, inspired by returning scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and a brace of tries from debutant winger S’Busiso Nkosi, South Africa rallied magnificently to win a 10-try, Ellis Park classic 42-39.
Elsewhere Fiji’s 24-22 win over Samoa coupled with Wales’ shock victory over the Pumas in Argentina sees the two sides switch places, with Fiji now in 9th.