World rankings: Ireland replace France at the summit after series victory over New Zealand

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Ireland have moved to the summit of the World Rugby rankings following their historic series victory over New Zealand at the weekend.

Andy Farrell’s men went into Saturday’s clash in second position but, following their impressive 32-22 triumph in Wellington, they have climbed ahead of France.

South Africa remain stationary in third and didn’t earn any more ranking points for their 30-14 victory over Wales.

England close in on top four

The Springboks are once again followed by New Zealand but England are hot on the All Blacks’ tails for that fourth position as they defeated Australia to complete a 2-1 series win.

Having fallen to their lowest-ever position last weekend, Ian Foster’s outfit could fall further when the Rugby Championship starts as they face the Boks in South Africa.

Equally, after starting the July series at number one, South Africa will hope to overtake Ireland and France and regain their place at the top over the next couple of months.

Below the top 10, Samoa have been rewarded for their Pacific Nations Cup triumph by going up two places to 11th and they are followed by Fiji, Georgia and Italy.

World rankings week beginning July 18, 2022

1 (2) Ireland 90.03
2 (1) France 89.41
3 (3) South Africa 88.61
4 (4) New Zealand 86.93
5 (5) England 86.25
6 (6) Australia 82.17
7 (7) Scotland 81.93
8 (8) Wales 81.28
9 (9) Argentina 80.45
10 (10) Japan 77.74

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