WORLD RANKINGS: Scots rise above Wales and Boks

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:09
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NEWS: Scotland's first win over England in 10 years has seen them climb up to fifth in the World Rugby Rankings.

The 25-13 victory continued their impressive form at Murrayfield – they have now won six on the bounce at home in the Six Nations – and was worth a fraction under one and a half points, enough to take them above both Wales and South Africa.

The Scots now have 84.43 points and are just over a point away from catching Australia and claiming a place in the top four for the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003. 

With England losing 1.47 points for their loss in Edinburgh and Ireland gaining just under four tenths for beating Wales 37-27 in Dublin, the gap between the teams ranked second and third is now down to 2.27 points, while New Zealand's advantage over England at the top has grown to 4.61 points.

Wales played a full part in the 59-point thriller at the Aviva Stadium but their second defeat of the Championship, following the 12-6 loss to England a fortnight ago, cost them 0.36 of a point.

Friday's 34-17 victory over Italy in Marseilles prevented France slipping below Japan in the rankings for the first time. The 0.12-point gained, however, was not enough to see them climb any higher than their current position of 10th. Italy remain 14th but have lost a bit more ground on Tonga above them.