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Boks 'increase' their gap on All Blacks

WORLD RANKINGS UPDATE: There is some benefit for South Africa sitting on the sidelines.

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The World Cup holders, the Springboks have celebrated a year at the top of the World Rugby rankings by increasing their lead.

They are the benefactors of Australia’s big Brisbane boilover – the 24-22 win over New Zealand in Bledisloe Four.

That dramatic turnaround came a week after the All Blacks posted their biggest-ever (43-5) victory against the Wallabies.

The result of the past weekend’s upset is that New Zealand lost points on the rankings table.

South Africa are still sitting comfortably clear at No.1 on 94.20 rankings points.

New Zealand dropped from 91.84 points last week to 90.17.

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There is no movement on the table, other than some points gained and lost.

England is still in third place, unchanged on 88.42, as is France in fourth (84.59) and Ireland (84.10) in fifth.

Australia, sixth, gained the most points – from 82.19 to 83.86.

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