Ireland now ranked third in World Rankings

Ireland have once again hit third in the World rankings a place they have not held since entering the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

The Irish beat Australia last night and England beat South Africa and these two defeats helped Eddie O’Sullivan’s side climb up the rankings.

England remain seventh behind Argentina despite ending a seven-Test losing sequence by defeating the Springboks 23-21 at Twickenham.

New Zealand still lead the rankings and are almost nine points ahead of second-placed France.

Scotland’s form this year has ensured their eighth place and even though Wales won the Grand Slam two years ago they are on ninth.

Six Nations opponents Italy are ranked at Twelve.

Latest IRB rankings:
1 New Zealand – 94.59 points
2 France – 85.86
3 Ireland – 84.68
4 Australia – 84.63
5 South Africa – 83.83
6 Argentina – 79.70
7 England – 79.55
8 Scotland – 77.72
9 Wales – 77.02
10 Samoa – 73.86

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