Ranking Permutations for Round four of Rugby Champs
RANKINGS PREVIEW: New Zealand face a new world ranking low if they are beaten for the second successive Saturday at home by Argentina.
Micheal Cheika’s Pumas condemned New Zealand to its sixth defeat in eight matches with its 25-18 ambush in Christchurch, an outcome that resulted in the hosts dropping to fifth.
Argentina will be the higher ranked of the two teams if they secure back-to-back wins over New Zealand, climbing to fifth and condemning the All Blacks to a new low of sixth.
Los Pumas have not been ranked as high as sixth since June 2016.
New Zealand could fall to seventh in defeat if they lose by more than 15 points and Australia win.
However, if Argentina and Australia both win by more than 15 points, Los Pumas will climb to fourth for the first time since Rugby World Cup 2015.
New Zealand will climb two places to third if they beat Argentina by more than 15 points and South Africa lose again in Australia.