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French jump into second place



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France have been rewarded for their giant killing act on New Zealand at the World Cup quarter-finals at the weekend by jumping three places in the International Rugby Board (IRB) world rankings.

New Zealand are still number one in the latest IRB rankings, announced on Monday, but they have seen their lead over France slashed to just 1.25 points.

France pulled off a stunning 20-18 win over the All Blacks on Saturday and the result saw them leap from fifth to second.

Australia were the big losers of the weekend, as they slipped from second to fifth – following their 10-12 defeat at the hands of England.

South Africa remain third and Argentina fourth, following their respective quarter-finals wins over Fiji and Scotland.

England, who upset the Wallabies 12-10 in Marseille, remain sixth, but now trail Australia by less than a point heading into their semi-final against France on Saturday.

Ireland, Scotland, Fiji and Wales complete the top 10, their positions unchanged.

Top 20 IRB World Rankings:
(As at 8 October; last week’s position in brackets)
1(1) New Zealand 89.63
2(5) France 88.38
3(3) South Africa 86.44
4(4) Argentina 86.04
5(2) Australia 84.21
6(6) England 83.63
7(7) Ireland 78.66
8(8) Scotland 76.83
9(9) Fiji 75.82
10(10) Wales 74.08
11(11) Italy 73.51
12(12) Samoa 71.58
13(13) Tonga 71.50
14(14) Romania 67.61
15(15) Canada 66.95
16(16) Georgia 66.61
17(17) Japan 65.33
18(18) Russia 64.37
19(19) USA 64.34
20(20) Uruguay 62.66


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