Springboks

Battered Boks stay 4th in rankings

Allister Coetzee (Getty Images)
Allister Coetzee (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Despite their 37-21 loss to England at Twickenham, the Springboks remain fourth on the official World Rugby rankings.

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Allister Coetzee’s charges stay that position as Ireland, in fifth, did not gain any rating points for their 52-21 win over a Canadian side ranked 18th.

The All Blacks bounced back from their loss to Ireland in emphatic style, running in 10 tries to beat Italy 68-10 in Rome, but because of the 11-place differential between themselves and the Azzurri no rating points were gained, meaning the world's No 1 team remain on 94.57 points - a cushion of just under five points following England’s win over South Africa.

Having ended their 10-year win-less run against the Springboks, England gained 0.35 of a rating point to move to 89.84 points.

Australia’s narrow 23-22 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh saw them pick up 0.65 of a point to move to 87.51, still behind England.

Wales are now a fraction under two points behind Ireland, after moving up to sixth on the back of a hard-fought 24-20 win against Argentina in Cardiff.

Los Pumas drop two places to eighth, falling below France who easily accounted for Samoa in Toulouse, with wing Virimi Vakatawa bagging a hat-trick of tries in a 52-8 win.

Scotland, despite their loss to Australia, stay ninth and Fiji, who lost 40-7 to the Barbarians in a non-capped international, make up the top 10.

Top 15 in the latest World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 94.57
2. England 89.84
3. Australia 87.51
4. South Africa 84.49
5. Ireland 83.67
6. Wales 81.72
7. France 80.75
8. Argentina 80.71
9. Scotland 79.78
10. Fiji 75.49
11. Japan 75.25
12. Georgia 73.78
13. Italy 72.23
14. Samoa 71.37
15. Tonga 69.70

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