Tuesday 22 May 2018

Ireland overtake England and are up to second in the world rankings following Six Nations glory

Jacob Stockdale of Ireland celebrates with Conor Murray, 9, and Dan Leavy, 7
Jacob Stockdale of Ireland celebrates with Conor Murray, 9, and Dan Leavy, 7

Ireland have jumped up to second in the world rankings following their Six Nations Championship win at the weekend.

Joe Schmidt's men leapfrogged England, who were beaten by France, and now only Zeaq Zealand lie ahead of the Irish.

England's consecutive away defeats to Scotland and France have seen them slip down the official World Rugby standings.

Ireland step up courtesy of a record 11 consecutive wins, and Joe Schmidt's men can claim just a third-ever Grand Slam with victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

"Ireland are now on 87.85 points - over six behind the world's number one team New Zealand, and 0.35 in front of England, who they face at Twickenham on Saturday as they go in pursuit of only their third Grand Slam," read a World Rugby statement.

"Scotland's defeat at the Aviva Stadium saw them drop to sixth below South Africa in the rankings, while France are up two places to eighth as their 22-16 victory over ill-disciplined England saw them gain 1.89 points, which was enough for them to leapfrog Argentina and Fiji."

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