Cape Town – England have moved up to fifth in the official
World Rugby rankings following their 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham.
The win saw Eddie Jones’ men clinch their first Six Nations
title since 2011 and they now also have the chance to complete the Grand Slam
if they beat France in Paris on Saturday.
England’s rankings points total increased from 81.62 to 83.06
which promoted them above Argentina who drop to sixth place.
Wales are still the highest ranked northern hemisphere team
in fourth position with 83.10 rankings points, but their lead over England has
been cut to just 0.04 of a point.
Ireland rose one spot higher to seventh position after their
58-15 defeat of Italy, while France’s first defeat against Scotland in 10
years sees them demoted to eighth place.
World champions New Zealand (96.10) still sit comfortably
atop the rankings, followed by Australia (89.33) and South Africa (87.66) in third spot.
World Rugby rankings (Top 10):
1. New Zealand 96.10
2. Australia 89.33
3. South Africa 87.66
4. Wales 83.10
5. England 83.06
6. Argentina 82.59
7. Ireland 79.70
8. France 79.29
9. Scotland 78.95
10. Japan 77.05