Scotland rise as South Africa drop in rankings

Scotland have moved up two places in the IRB rankings to sixth place after they beat South Africa 21-17 who have dropped to third place above England who they play this weekend.

Sixth place is Scotland’s highest ever position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.

Andy Robinson’s side bounced back from a record loss to New Zealand seven days earlier to taste victory over the Springboks for the first time since 2002 and climb above Ireland and Argentina to better their previous best of seventh achieved with victory over the Pumas in June.

South Africa’s first loss of their European tour means they surrender second spot back to Australia.


The Wallabies, who dropped to third after losing to England last weekend, beat 12th ranked Italy 32-14 in Florence but this result did not have any impact on their rating.


New Zealand celebrated Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina surpassing Sean Fitzpatrick’s record of 92 caps for the All Blacks with a four-try 38-18 defeat of Ireland.


This improved their rating only by 0.15 points but South Africa’s loss means the All Blacks advantage at the top has grown to 7.29.

England remain the leading northern hemisphere nation in the IRB World Rankings in fourth after beating a spirited Samoan outfit 26-13 at Twickenham, albeit now only by four tenths from France, the 15-9 conquerors of Argentina in Montpellier.

Seremaia Bai’s last second penalty to earn Fiji a deserved 16-16 draw with Wales on Friday night has not improved their standing of 10th, but has edged them out to a point ahead of their fellow islanders Samoa and slightly closer to the Welsh above them.

IRB World Rankings
22 November 2010
1(1) NEW ZEALAND 93.19
2(3) AUSTRALIA 85.90
3(2) SOUTH AFRICA 85.31
4(4) ENGLAND 83.61
5(5) FRANCE 83.21
6(8) SCOTLAND 81.20
7(6) IRELAND 80.90
8(7) ARGENTINA 79.87
9(9) WALES 77.04
10(10) FIJI 75.02
11(11) SAMOA 74.02
12(12) ITALY 72.35

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