Argentina scale new heights in IRB World Rankings




Argentina’s 25-18 win over England at Twickenham has propelled them to sixth in the latest IRB World Rankings – their highest ever position.

England, meanwhile, fall one place to their lowest ever position of seventh.

New Zealand extend their lead at the top of the rankings to over seven ratings points after their stunning away win over France. Despite the defeat, France remain in second.

Australia have reclaimed third place from South Africa after they edged past Italy and the Springboks lost to Ireland in Dublin. Ireland remain in fifth, but are now less than two points adrift of South Africa in fourth.

The large rating points gap and home advantage mean that Scotland’s defeat of Romania at Murrayfield does not affect either side’s ranking.

Further down the rankings, Namibia defeated Morocco to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2007 and move up three places in the rankings to 23rd. Morocco, who could still qualify for RWC 2007 through the repechage, drop two to 26th.

Moldova move up one place to 36th after they edged out Germany 26-24 in the latest European Nations Cup action. Germany fall one place to 28th.

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