Boks slip to joint lowest ever ranking

Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks have slipped down one spot to seventh on the latest World Rugby rankings.

This follows their disappointing 32-19 loss to Argentina in Mendoza over the weekend.

The defeat saw South Africa drop 1.48 rating points which enabled Scotland to move ahead of them in the pecking order.

It is the Springboks’ joint-lowest position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003, having earlier also been ranked at No 7 in 2017 and earlier this year.

Los Pumas, meanwhile, moved up one position past Fiji to ninth on the rankings.

New Zealand's 40-12 win over Australia in Auckland saw no change to the position of both teams. This is due to the large points differential between the world No 1 All Blacks and the Wallabies, ranked in fifth.

Top 20 in the current World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 94.52
2. Ireland 90.12
3. Wales 85.94
4. England 85.68
5. Australia 83.96
6. Scotland 83.02
7. South Africa 81.84
8. France 79.10
9. Argentina 77.02
10. Fiji 76.54
11. Japan 75.24
12. Tonga 73.84
13. Georgia 73.13
14. Italy 72.56
15. USA 71.66
16. Samoa 68.28
17. Romania 68.25
18. Uruguay 65.37
19. Russia 64.89
20. Spain 63.09

Other:

22. Namibia 59.97
38. Zimbabwe 49.28

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