France, Wales make progress in World Rugby Rankings

Dan Biggar was part of winning Wales side
Dan Biggar was part of winning Wales side

France and Wales have made progress in the World Rugby Rankings following the latest round of international fixtures played last weekend.

The Les Bleus ended a 14-game losing streak against New Zealand with a 40-25 triumph. Peato Mauvaka scored a double while Romain Ntamack and Damian Penaud touched down apiece. Melvyn Jaminet also made a handy contribution of 20 points as France gained 1.28 rating points moving them from sixth place to fifth.

New Zealand continued to remain at second but their difference over top ranked South Africa remain at 1.86 points as the Springboks were edged out by England with a 26-27 margin.

Even though Eddie Jones' men continued to remain at third place they made a gain of 1.12 rating points aided by tries from Manu Tuilagi, Freddie Steward and Raffi Quirke.

The other team that made a climb in the top 10 rankings is Wales as they edged out Wallabies 29-28 in Cardiff. The win saw Wales gain 1.17 rating points taking their tally to 81.56 as they made a move from ninth place to eighth while Australia slipped to sixth position.

Ireland and Scotland also increased their tally in the total points following wins over Argentina and Scotland respectively as they consolidated the 4th and 7th places. Italy continue to remain at 14th position despite a 17-10 win over Uruguay, who have slipped to the 18th place following the defeat.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 90.61
2 New Zealand 88.75
3 England 87.83
4 Ireland 86.53
5 France 85.53
6 Australia 83.92
7 Scotland 83.05
8 Wales 81.56
9 Argentina 80.58
10 Japan 78.26

2019 Rugby World Cup Points Table