Monday 5 December 2016

Ireland get World Cup seedings boost following historic win over All Blacks

Published 07/11/2016 | 13:29

Conor Murray leads the celebrations as Robbie Henshaw touches down for Ireland’s fifth try late in the game. Photo: Getty
Conor Murray leads the celebrations as Robbie Henshaw touches down for Ireland’s fifth try late in the game. Photo: Getty

Joe Schmidt's Ireland have jumped two places in the world rankings following their historic 40-29 victory over New Zealand in Chicago on Saturday.

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Ireland are now in fifth spot on 83.67 points and this could be pivotal when the World Cup seedings are finalised after next year's Six Nations tournament with Ireland hoping to occupy one of the top seeds.

New Zealand remain in first place, with England second, Australia third and South Africa fourth.

For the World Cup seedings, the top four will be the top four seeds, with five to eight in pot two. Should Ireland beat Australia in three weeks' time, that would give Schmidt's men a huge chance to be in with the big boys and thus avoiding then in the group stages.

WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS (as of Monday, November 7):

Last week's positions in brackets -

1(1) New Zealand 94.57 rating points

2(2) England 89.49

3(3) Australia 86.86

4(4) South Africa 84.85

5(7) IRELAND 83.67

6(9) Argentina 81.46

7(5) Wales 80.97

8(7) France 80.75

9(8) Scotland 80.45

10(10) Fiji 75.49

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