Latest World Rankings: France go top, Ireland second

Latest World Rankings: France go top, Ireland second

France have reached the summit of the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since the rankings were introduced.

 

Les Bleus go top and Ireland are now second in an unprecedented northern hemisphere one-two.


 

Meanwhile, the All Blacks drop to their lowest-ever position of fourth amidst a host of changes to the standings.

 

Japan are the only side in the top 10 whose position remained unchanged after the second weekend of the July internationals, with Fiji and Spain the other two non-movers in the top 15.

 

Having completed their first Six Nations Grand Slam in 12 years, France now makes another piece of history with their hard-fought 20-15 win over Japan on Saturday followed by shock defeats for New Zealand and South Africa, sending them to number one with a lead of nearly two-thirds of a point over Ireland who move up two places to second.


 

Andy Farrell's Ireland would have gone top of the rankings but Will Jordan’s late try in Dunedin brought the winning margin in their 23-12 win over the All Blacks Dunedin below the 16 points required.

 

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Otago , New Zealand - 9 July 2022; Ireland players, from left, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki celebrate victory after the Steinlager Series match between the New Zealand and Ireland at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It is the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003 that northern hemisphere teams have occupied the top two spots.

 

The Springboks went into the July internationals as the world’s best team but are now down to third following their last-gasp 13-12 loss at the hands of Wales. Wales are up one place to eighth.

 

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BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 09: Tommy Reffell of Wales celebrating their victory during the 2nd Castle Lager Incoming Series test match between South Africa and Wales at Toyota Stadium on July 09, 2022 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

 

New Zealand have paid a hefty price for their 23-12 defeat to Ireland in Dunedin as it’s led to a drop of two places to fourth – their lowest-ever position.

 

Wins for England and Scotland against Australia and Argentina have moved them above their beaten opponents, into fifth and seventh respectively.

England's Jonny Hill looks on during the International rugby union match between England and Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 9, 2022. - -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

The Wallabies are down to sixth, while Los Pumas are now ninth, a fall of two places.

 

After Georgia's historic victory over Italy, they move ahead of Azzuri in the World Rankings. The Georgian's 28-19 win sees them raise to 12th place with Italy now ranked 14th.

 

Samoa have taken the 13th spot following their 34-18 win over Tonga in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.

 

The biggest climbers of the weekend in the Top 20 were Romania, with the Oaks moving up three places to 16th on the back of a gain of 1.35 rating points.

 

Hong Kong and Namibia’s Rugby World Cup qualifier wins came with a one-place gain, with the sides now ranked in 21st and 23rd respectively.

 

Namibia also claimed a spot at Rugby World Cup 2023 and are in Pool A long with Uruguay, France, Italy and New Zealand.

TOPSHOT - Namibia's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Rugby Africa Cup rugby union final match between Namibia and Kenya at the Maurice David Stadium in Aix-en-Provence, southeastern France, on July 10, 2022. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

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