Ireland move up to second, S.Africa drop to fifth

Ireland have moved up in the Rugby World rankings to their highest ever placing
of second behind New Zealand’s All Blacks.

Six Nations champions Ireland cruised to a 21-35 victory over Wales at the
Millennium stadium in a Rugby World Cup warm up on Saturday.

Later in the day South Africa were beaten at home 25-37 by Argentina – the
first time the Pumas have ever beaten South Africa – and these two results have
allowed the Irish move up one place behind world champions New Zealand.

Australia’s 27-19 Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand moved them up
two places into third.

South Africa paid a heavy price for their loss as they dropped from second
to fifth while England – who did not play on the weekend – managed to hold on
to fourth place.

Argentina’s win moved them above France into seventh, while Wales hold onto
sixth despite their defeat.

World Rankings
Updated: 10 August

1 (1) NEW ZEALAND 92.72
2 (3) IRELAND 86.89
3 (5) AUSTRALIA 86.84
4 (4) ENGLAND 85.40
5 (2) SOUTH AFRICA 84.37
6 (6) WALES 82.94
7 (7) FRANCE 79.74
8 (8) ARGENTINA 79.17
9 (10) FIJI 77.04
10 (12) TONGA 75.25

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