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Saturday 24 March 2018

Ireland rise to sixth in world rugby charts as Wales slide down

WALES have dropped two places in the International Rugby Board's latest world rankings, as Ireland rise to 6th.

Warren Gatland's men reached the last four in New Zealand and almost shaded France for a place in the final, despite playing over an hour with 14 men following the early dismissal of captain Sam Warburton.

The Welsh performances have not aided their ranking, though, and they are the only side in the top 10 to fall down the ladder, slipping from sixth to eighth.

Champions New Zealand remain top, with Australia second, France third and South Africa fourth, while England complete an unchanged top five.

Ireland rise a place to sixth, as do seventh-placed Argentina, then come the Welsh, Tonga and Scotland in 10th.

The calculation for IRB ranking points is a complex process, based on a "points exchange" system, where sides take points off each other based on the match result

In the World Cup matches, points exchanges were doubled.

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