The big movers
WORLD RANKINGS NEWS: There were some significant changes to the world rankings, following the weekend’s internationals.
France has climbed past Ireland into fourth place, following their 35-27 win in the final round of the Six Nations.
The French finished 2019 in seventh place, after getting knocked out of the World Cup by Wales in the quarterfinals.
France’s victory has had them leapfrog Ireland into fourth place in the latest World Rugby rankings, behind England, New Zealand and South Africa.
The All Blacks are still in second place following their 43-5 win over Australia, but have gained 0.72 points to move from 91.12 rankings points to 91.84.
Meanwhile, Wales’ dismal Six Nations campaign has plummeted them below Scotland into eighth place.
Wales’ 10-14 loss to Scotland in the final round of the Six Nations in Llanelli marked their fourth consecutive defeat under Gatland’s successor Wayne Pivac.
Scotland’s win moved them up to seventh in the rankings.