France have climbed to the second place in the latest World Rugby Rankings following the final round of the Six Nations tournament where they went on to defeat England and clinched the Grand Slam.
With five wins from as many games, France went on to win the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam for the first time since 2010. Gael Fickou, Francois Cros and skipper Antonie Dupont went over the line for the Les Bleus while Melvyn Jaminet kicked two conversions and a penalty goal as France went on to complete a 25-13 win over England, who had a solitary try from Freddie Steward.
The result meant France have 88.88 rating points as they climb to the second place in the rankings table pushing New Zealand down to third place with 88.75 points.
France have never claimed the top place in the World Rugby Rankings but now are separated from the World Champions Springboks by just 1.72 rating points.
Meanwhile, Ireland's 26-5 win over Scotland saw them consolidate the fourth position with 88.22 rating points and now they are tailing the All Blacks by just 0.53 rating points. Scotland continue to remain at seventh.
Italy, who managed to end their losing streak in the Six Nations while registering their first ever win over Wales in Cardiff continue to remain at 14th with 72.33 rating points while Wayne Pivac's men have slipped one position below Argentina to ninth place.
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