WORLD RANKINGS: NZ rise to No.1, Boks fall
NEWS: New Zealand have returned to the top of the World Rugby Rankings after beating South Africa 23-13 at the International Stadium Yokohama during the opening weekend of matches at World Cup 2019.
The All Blacks’ win, which maintained their proud record as the only nation to win every pool match at rugby’s showpiece event, lifted them above Ireland who kicked off their campaign with a 27-3 defeat of Scotland at the same stadium a day later.
South Africa’s defeat has seen them drop below Wales into fifth with Scotland falling one to eighth after their defeat and France’s nail-biting 23-21 defeat of Argentina at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday.
The final change in the top 10 sees hosts Japan equal their highest ever ranking of ninth. The Brave Blossoms’ 30-10 win over Russia in the opening match did not affect their rating, but Fiji’s 21-39 loss to Australia was enough to drop them below Japan.
England’s 35-3 defeat of Tonga in Pool C and Italy’s 47-22 victory over Namibia in Pool B had no impact on the rankings as a result of the rating point difference between the teams.
Argentina remain 11th despite their loss to France, but saw their advantage over below Georgia almost halved. The Lelos play their opening Pool D match against Wales at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday.