Sunday 22 September 2019

Ireland move up to third in world rankings after completing November clean sweep

25 November 2017; CJ Stander of Ireland supported by Devin Toner scores his side's third try despite the tackle of Nicolas Sanchez, left, and Jeronimo de la Fuente of Argentina during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
25 November 2017; CJ Stander of Ireland supported by Devin Toner scores his side's third try despite the tackle of Nicolas Sanchez, left, and Jeronimo de la Fuente of Argentina during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland will enter 2018 as third in the world after moving ahead of Australia in the rankings following the win over Argentina on Saturday night.

The 28-19 victory over Los Pumas coupled with Australia's heavy 53-24 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield sees Ireland leapfrog Michael Cheika's side.

However, Joe Schmidt's men are still some distance behind New Zealand and England, who remain first and second respectively.

The All Blacks rounded off their northern hemisphere tour with a 33-18 win over Wales while England were too good for Samoa, running out 48-14 winners.

Scotland remain in sixth position following their impressive victory over the Wallabies, but are now just 0.79 points behind South Africa in fifth.

And it was further disappointment for France, who slipped to ninth following their poor performance in drawing 23-23 with Japan.

Here is the latest world rankings:

1. New Zealand 93.99

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2. England 90.87

3. Ireland 86.39

4. Australia 85.49

5. South Africa 84.90

6. Scotland 84.11

7. Wales 80.98

8. Argentina 78.22

9. France 78.09

10. Fiji 77.93

11. Japan 75.66

12. Georgia 73.46

13. Tonga 71.87

14. Italy 71.25

15. Romania 69.58

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