World rankings tell their own story

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As a result of their 32-12 win over England in the Rugby World Cup final, South Africa moved from third place to first, displacing New Zealand who had moved to first after their 40-17 win over Wales in the third place playoff game.


The Springboks 94.19 ranking points is their highest and a leap of 6.85 points from when the tournament began at which time they were in fourth place.


New Zealand were second heading into the tournament and they retained that position but with a better rating of 92.11 points.


England had a moment on top of the world after their 19-7 win over the All Blacks but slipped back to the third place they held before the tournament after their final loss.


Wales climbed one place to be fourth.


The All Blacks retain the record for the highest ranking having achieved 96.57 ranking points after beating South Africa in Durban in October 2016. That figure only dropped as a result of the All Blacks' loss to Ireland a month later in Chicago in 2016.


New Zealand also hold the record for longevity in the rankings having been ranked No1 with over 90 rating points for 509 weeks and six days from November 2 2009 to August 11, 2019, following their loss to Australia in Perth. That saw their ranking points drop to 89.04 while they still retained the No1 position.



The only countries ever to have had the No1 ranking are: New Zealand, South Africa, England, Ireland and Wales. Australia and France's highest ranking has been No2, Argentina have been No3, Scotland's highest is No5 while Japan and Samoa have reached No7 and Fiji and Italy's best are No8.


New Zealand's lowest ranking since the ranking system was introduced in 2003 is third. South Africa's lowest is seventh, England's eighth, Wales' 10th, Ireland ninth, Australia seventh and France 10th.


The top rankings are:


  1. South Africa 94.19 points
  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. United States 68.10
  18. Uruguay 67.41
  19. Romania 66.69
  20. Russia 63.09


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