Wales slip to fourth position in rankings despite win over France

Wales head coach Warren Gatland
Wales head coach Warren Gatland
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Wales will move down to fourth position in the World Rugby Rankings despite they managed to beat France 19-24 in their Six Nations opening game in Paris.

According to the updated ranking, Wales managed to gain just 0.31 rating points that took their tally to 87.55 while France slipped to the 10th place behind Argentina after having 77.02 rating points.

The biggest setback was for Joe Schmidt's men as their chance of overtaking All Blacks in the pole position has taken a major beating following their 20-32 defeat to England in Dublin.

Ireland needed to repeat their Grand Slam success if they are to become the top ranked side though John Cooney's late try provided some consolation as for a side to get maximum rating points from a game they need to win over 15 points margin.

Nevertheless, England will be relieved to reclaim their third spot in the table with the victory at Aviva Stadium helping them gain 1.80 rating points as they now narrowed down the gap over second placed Ireland 1.36.

The second round of the Six Nations will see Scotland taking on Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium while Italy and England will lock horns with Wales and France respectively.