World Rankings: France overtake Wales
NEWS: Grand Slam-seeking France are up to fifth in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings, their highest position for nearly six years, following their 27-23 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Inspired by four of their World Rugby Under-20 Championship-winning side with man-of-the-match Romain Ntamack to the fore, Les Bleus ran in three tries to Wales’ two in a pulsating match under the roof of the Principality Stadium.
With a fraction under one-and-a-half points on offer for the victory, France improve their overall rating to 83.86 points with Wales dropping to sixth as a result.
Meanwhile, England and Ireland stay in third and fourth place respectively but there is now a 3.34-point gap between the two following a 24-12 victory for the home side at Twickenham.
Scotland came through a tough test in Rome to beat Italy 17-0 and move above Japan and into eighth place and the second band of seedings for the RWC 2023 draw.
Italy drop below Tonga into 14th as a result of their 25th consecutive defeat in the Six Nations.