World Rankings: Boks on top of the world
NEWS: The Springboks have climbed back up to No.1 in World Rugby’s Rankings after their breathtaking 29-28 victory over France on Sunday.
It’s been 15 months since Jacques Nienaber’s side were in that position.
Meanwhile, Ireland have dropped two places to third with the All Blacks moving up to second.
Andy Farrell’s side suffered a heart-breaking 24-28 defeat to the All Blacks in the weekend’s first quarterfinal.
The Springboks now have a rating of 92.48 points compared to New Zealand’s 90.91 with Ireland third on 90.57.
A crestfallen France have dropped a couple of places to fourth in defeat, on 87.81 points, with England coming next in fifth after they moved up a place at Scotland’s expense thanks to their 30-24 win over Fiji.
England and Argentina now have a shot at making history as no team outside of the top four of the rankings at the tournament’s start has gone on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
Argentina remain in the mix after they came from behind to beat Wales 29-17 in the first of the four quarterfinals. Los Pumas and Wales have traded places in seventh and eighth.