World Cup champion Springboks move to No 1 in rankings

Rassie Erasmus (Getty)
Rassie Erasmus (Getty)

Cape Town - The Springboks have moved to the top of the World Rugby rankings following their victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.

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The Springboks thrashed England 32-12 in the tournament's decider on Saturday.

With their win, Siya Kolisi's men moved to the summit of the standings, with England, No 1 prior to kick-off, slipping to third.

New Zealand moved up to second following their 40-17 victory over Wales in Friday's third-place playoff.

Top 20 in the latest World Rugby rankings:

1. South Africa 94.10
2. New Zealand 92.11
3. England 88.82
4. Wales 85.02
5. Ireland 84.45
6. Australia 81.90
7. France 80.88
8. Japan 79.28
9. Scotland 79.23
10. Argentina 78.31
11. Fiji 76.21
12. Italy 72.04
13. Tonga 71.44
14. Georgia 71.26
15. Samoa 70.72
16. Spain 68.15
17. USA 68.10
18. Uruguay 67.41
19. Romania 66.69
20. Russia 63.09


23. Namibia 61.01
32. Kenya 52.55
34. Zimbabwe 50.69

- Compiled by Garrin Lambley

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