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England made all the talk before Saturday's 30-22 loss to New Zealand that a victory could see them move to No.2 in the rankings, especially if Scotland upset South Africa.
Neither happened with Scotland going down 0-28, and as a result of England's November programme being completed, and if Australia continue their winning way against France at the weekend, they will move ahead of England.
Ireland have dropped to seventh on the list having conceded sixth to Wales, who beat Argentina 40-6. France are in fifth position, Samoa eighth, Scotland ninth and Argentina 10th.
While there has been much talk of the All Blacks achieving a clean sweep in the calendar year for the first time since rugby went professional in 1996, they will not be the first team to achieve that feat.
That honour belongs to Ireland who were unbeaten in 2009. That was their finest season of the modern era as they not only won the Six Nations but they also achieved the Grand Slam by beating Wales 17-15 in their last game. It was Ireland's first Six Nations title since 1985, when it had been the Five Nations, and it was their first Grand Slam since 1948.