Boks stay 5th in World Rugby rankings

Rassie Erasmus (Getty Images)
Rassie Erasmus (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks remain fifth on the official World Rugby rankings following their 23-12 win over the Wallabies in Port Elizabeth.

READ: Springboks v Wallabies - 5 talking points

South Africa gained a fraction over six-tenths of a rating point for the win and remain in fifth place, while Australia stay seventh, still 2.74 points better off than France.

The All Blacks, meanwhile, retained the Rugby Championship title and their No 1 spot with a 35-17 win over ninth-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires.

According to World Rugby's official website, a heavy defeat at the hands of Argentina would have seen the All Blacks relinquish their long-held status as the world's No 1 nation to Ireland.

But the Kiwis never really looked in trouble after racing into a 21-3 lead after 31 minutes.

Top 20 in the current World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.52
2. Ireland 90.12
3. Wales 85.94
4. England 85.68
5. South Africa 83.96
6. Scotland 83.02
7. Australia 81.84
8. France 79.10
9. Argentina 79.02
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
39. Zimbabwe 49.28

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