Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Springboks return to top ranking spot for the first time in a decade

The Springboks have returned to the number one spot on World Rugby’s Rankings after their RWC final win over England in Yokohama.

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The Springboks have moved to the top of the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since 2009 following their 32-12 win over England in the Rugby World Cup final.

Heading into the match, the Springboks were provisionally ranked third after the All Blacks beat Wales 40-17 to claim the bronze medal match and move back to the top. England held the top spot for just one week having dethroned the New Zealand courtesy of their semifinal triumph.

Springboks number one

Saturday’s 32-12 victory over England in the final saw the Springboks awarded 3.48 rating points to put them ahead of New Zealand.

The Springboks’ third Rugby World Cup triumph boosted their rankings score to 94.19 points – 6.85 points more than when their campaign began with the side back in fourth place in the rankings, while the All Blacks finished the tournament as they were at the start, in second place, but with an improved score of 92.11 points.

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After the best part of two months in Japan, England are also unchanged in third place, despite having briefly climbed to the top of the rankings following their epic semifinal win over the All Blacks, while Wales end the tournament one place higher in fourth.

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Away from the big stage

Outside of the Rugby World Cup, three matches in the Rugby Europe region counted towards the rankings.

Germany, who were relegated to the Rugby Europe Trophy last season, began life in the third tier of European rugby with a 35-15 win over Poland in Lodz.

Fielding a side unrecognisable from the one that competed in the RWC 2019 repechage last year, Germany outscored their hosts four tries to two with wing Felix Lammers crossing twice in the space of five minutes towards the end of the first half. Germany’s other tries came from openside Nicolas Rinklin and replacement Oliver Paine, while fly-half Nikolai Klewinghaus kicked 15 points.

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Germany’s first win since they beat Kenya 43-6 in the repechage just under a year ago was worth one-and-a-third rating points but they remain in 28th place in the rankings, still just over a point behind Belgium. Poland drop two places to 37th, however, with Ukraine and Czechia the sides to benefit.

Elsewhere, Sweden’s 13-0 home reverse to Luxembourg in Conference 1 North led to them falling from 47th to 53rd with the winners climbing five places to 56th.

In the division below, Austria claimed a 38-9 win over Norway to move above Finland and into 87th place, while the Norwegians fall one place to 98th.

World Rugby Rankings

FULL RANKINGS

POSITION TEAMS POINTS
1 (2)  SOUTH AFRICA 94.19
2 (3)  NEW ZEALAND 92.11
3 (1)  ENGLAND 88.82
4 (4)  WALES 85.02
5 (5)  IRELAND 84.45
6 (6)  AUSTRALIA 81.90
7 (7)  FRANCE 80.88
8 (8)  JAPAN 79.28
9 (9)  SCOTLAND 79.23
10 (10)  ARGENTINA 78.31
11 (11)  FIJI 76.21
12 (12)  ITALY 72.04
13 (13)  TONGA 71.44
14 (14)  GEORGIA 71.26
15 (15)  SAMOA 70.72
16 (16)  SPAIN 68.15
17 (17)  USA 68.10
18 (18)  URUGUAY 67.41
19 (19)  ROMANIA 66.69
20 (20)  RUSSIA 63.09
21 (21)  PORTUGAL 61.33
22 (22)  CANADA 61.12
23 (23)  NAMIBIA 61.01
24 (24)  HONG KONG 59.64
25 (25)  NETHERLANDS 58.46
26 (26)  BRAZIL 57.84
27 (27)  BELGIUM 57.35
28 (28)  GERMANY 56.26
29 (29)  CHILE 54.56
30 (30)  SWITZERLAND 53.19
31 (31)  KOREA 53.11
32 (32)  KENYA 52.55
33 (33)  COLOMBIA 51.92
34 (34)  ZIMBABWE 50.69
35 (36)  UKRAINE 50.33
36 (37)  CZECHIA 50.02
37 (35)  POLAND 49.30
38 (38)  MALTA 48.82
39 (39)  TUNISIA 48.53
40 (40)  LITHUANIA 48.37
41 (41)  UGANDA 47.84
42 (42)  PHILIPPINES 47.77
43 (43)  COTE D’IVOIRE 47.57
44 (44)  MEXICO 47.55
45 (45)  CROATIA 46.92
46 (46)  PARAGUAY 46.90
47 (48)  SRI LANKA 46.69
48 (49)  MOROCCO 46.33
49 (50)  MALAYSIA 46.12
50 (51)  TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 45.51
51 (52)  MADAGASCAR 45.34
52 (53)  COOK ISLANDS 45.11
53 (47)  SWEDEN 45.02
54 (54)  SENEGAL 44.82
55 (55)  SINGAPORE 43.97
56 (61)  LUXEMBOURG 43.40
57 (56)  CAYMAN ISLANDS 42.99
58 (57)  GUYANA 42.40
59 (58)  MOLDOVA 42.12
60 (59)  VENEZUELA 41.87
61 (60)  ISRAEL 41.68
62 (62)  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 41.25
63 (63)  KAZAKHSTAN 40.85
64 (64)  LATVIA 40.84
65 (65)  HUNGARY 40.67
66 (66)  CHINESE TAIPEI 39.10
67 (67)  ZAMBIA 39.06
68 (68)  JAMAICA 39.00
69 (69)  BERMUDA 38.91
70 (70)  NIGERIA 38.41
71 (71)  SLOVENIA 37.87
72 (72)  BOTSWANA 37.64
73 (73)  DENMARK 37.36
74 (74)  BULGARIA 36.54
75 (75)  GUAM 36.40
76 (76)  THAILAND 36.23
77 (77)  ANDORRA 36.16
78 (78)  PERU 36.13
79 (79)  ST VINCENT AND GRENADINES 34.91
80 (80)  CHINA 34.85
81 (81)  BARBADOS 34.72
82 (82)  BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 34.60
83 (83)  TAHITI 33.79
84 (84)  BAHAMAS 33.76
85 (85)  PAPUA NEW GUINEA 33.68
86 (86)  INDIA 33.07
87 (88)  AUSTRIA 33.03
88 (87)  FINLAND 33.01
89 (89)  SERBIA 32.35
90 (90)  SWAZILAND 32.04
91 (91)  UZBEKISTAN 31.63
92 (92)  GHANA 31.18
93 (93)  MAURITIUS 30.56
94 (94)  PAKISTAN 30.40
95 (95)  RWANDA 29.78
96 (96)  COSTA RICA 29.57
97 (98)  NIUE ISLAND 28.63
98 (97)  NORWAY 28.27
99 (99)  CAMEROON 26.33
100 (100)  SOLOMON ISLANDS 23.81
101 (101)  MONACO 23.17
102 (102)  GREECE 22.55
103 (103)  INDONESIA 21.89
104 (104)  VANUATU 21.45
105 (105)  AMERICAN SAMOA 19.53

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