It's Official: All Blacks drop to a new all-time low in World Rugby's rankings
NEWS: The All Blacks’ 10-26 defeat to South Africa in Mbombela on Saturday has cost them a place in the World Rugby Men’s rankings and they now find themselves at an all-time low of fifth.
The All Blacks’ fifth defeat in six matches resulted in an eighth of a point being taken off their rating and their new score of 86.13 drops them below England.
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The Mbombela setback follows successive home losses to Ireland for New Zealand who have now lost three tests in a row for the first time since 1998.
As for South Africa, they draw level with France on 89.40 points but stay in third as their score is fractionally inferior to Les Bleus’ when rounded up to three decimal places.
There is now just one place between New Zealand and Australia, who remain in sixth following an impressive 41-26 win in Argentina, and the gap between the trans-Tasman rivals is down to fewer than three points with the All Blacks having started the weekend at 4.76 points better off.
Los Pumas are also unmoved, in ninth, but the loss of 1.12 points leaves them with a sub-80 point score overall.
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