WORLD RANKINGS: England overtake Boks and Ireland
NEWS: England’s record win over Ireland lifts them up to third in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
England produced a sizzling performance on a red-hot day in London to rack up their biggest win over Ireland and raise expectation levels ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019.
In terms of preparing for the game’s showpiece tournament in Japan, Ireland were one match behind England and it showed as Eddie Jones’ men ran in eight tries, seven of them converted, to win 57-15 at Twickenham.
Having secured a winning margin of over 15 points, England now trade places with Ireland in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings and move into third with the gap between themselves and top-ranked Wales only 1.30 points.
Meanwhile, tries from Sean Maitland and Chris Harris and seven points from the boot of captain Greig Laidlaw saw Scotland to a 17-14 win over France for whom World Rugby U20 Championship graduate Damian Penaud scored both of their tries.
In gaining revenge for their 32-3 defeat in Nice seven days earlier, Scotland replace France in seventh place in the rankings with the sides swapping places once again.