Latest World Rankings: France up to fifth

Latest World Rankings: France up to fifth

A drama-filled weekend of test rugby has seen plenty of change in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

France moved into the top 5 of the rankings while Romania entered the top 20.

England's 27-26 win over South Africa at Twickenham and Wales' 29-28 win against Australia before France rounded off proceedings with a 40-25 victory over New Zealand saw all them climb the rankings. 

South Africa and New Zealand remain as the teams ranked test nations in the world despite their reduced points totals.

The Springboks dropped 1.22 points as a result of losing the Rugby World Cup 2019 rematch to Marcus Smith’s last-minute penalty, and now have 90.61 points – a lead of 1.86 points over the All Blacks.

England are now less than three points off top spot in third. Wales and Argentina swap places with Japan making up the top 10. 

Romania and Tonga also traded places as a result of the Oaks’ 32-20 win in Bucharest, with the resurgent Oaks now 15th and Tonga 16th. Uruguay’s defeat to Italy led to USA replacing them in 17th.

Chile leapfrogged the Netherlands into 25th and there is now just Namibia between themselves and the Bear ahead of their rematch on Friday. Namibia remain in 24th place after a 41-10 win over Zimbabwe saw them clinch the Stellenbosch Challenge title. 

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