World rankings: All Blacks move above the Springboks while Argentina rise two places

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New Zealand have climbed above South Africa in the World Rugby rankings following their dominant victory over Wales at the weekend.

Ian Foster’s men were in outstanding form in Cardiff as they touched down eight times to record a 55-23 triumph.

It means the All Blacks go ahead of the Springboks and into third place with Jacques Nienaber’s men succumbing to a narrow 19-16 defeat to Ireland.

Good weekend for Argentina

Meanwhile, Argentina rose two places and into sixth position in the rankings after their dramatic 30-29 win over England.

Los Pumas have enjoyed a fine year, defeating the Wallabies by a record margin and then recording their first-ever victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand, and they followed those two results up with another historic success.

Emiliano Boffelli was the hero, scoring 25 of their 30 points, as the South Americans leapt above Wales and Australia.

Wayne Pivac’s men are counting the cost of that defeat to the three-time world champions with them now down in ninth place.

England remain in fifth position but a gap has started to emerge between them and the top-four.

Ireland still lead with France just behind but, with only two points separating the top ranked team and the Boks in fourth, it could all change over the coming weeks.

World Rugby rankings week beginning 07/11/2022

1 (1) Ireland 90.63
2 (2) France 89.41
3 (4) New Zealand 88.64
4 (3) South Africa 88.41
5 (5) England 84.45
6 (8) Argentina 83.01
7 (6) Australia 82.08
8 (9) Scotland 80.74
9 (7) Wales 80.28
10 (10) Japan 77.39

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