Sunday 25 August 2019

Ireland rise to fourth in world rankings as England suffer slide after capitulating to Wales

Ireland's Tommy Bowe scores a try
Ireland's Tommy Bowe scores a try

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Wales have climbed to their highest world ranking position of second following Saturday's gripping victory over England at Twickenham.

The latest rankings list released by World Rugby also shows a drop of three places for England from third to sixth.

Wales' dramatic 28-25 World Cup Pool A win against England puts them firmly on course for the quarter-finals.

If Warren Gatland's men beat Millennium Stadium opponents Fiji on Thursday - then Australia defeat England at Twickenham two days later - England will crash out of the tournament.

Wales have moved up two places behind long-time leaders New Zealand, with Australia third, Ireland fourth, South Africa fifth and England sixth.

Scotland, meanwhile, are up from 12th to ninth on the back of a strong World Cup start that saw them sweep aside Japan and the United States in bonus point fashion.

Latest World Rugby rankings: 1 New Zealand 92.89, 2 Wales 87.31, 3 Australia 86.75, 4 Ireland 84.40, 5 South Africa 82.66, 6 England 82.35, 7 France 81.12, 8 Argentina 79.66, 9 Scotland 79.05, 10 Fiji 76.96.

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