Italy returns to top 10 in World Rugby Rankings

Paolo Garbisi missed a chance to steer Italy to a win against France
Paolo Garbisi missed a chance to steer Italy to a win against France
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Italy have returned to the top 10 in the World Rugby Rankings following the latest round of the Six Nations.

The Azzurri almost recorded their first Six Nations victory in France but Paolo Garbisi missed a penalty chance in the added minutes which meant the teams had to settle for a 13-13 draw.

The result saw Italy gain one rating point as they moved to the 10th position pushing Fiji to the 11th place. Despite the draw, France maintained their fourth place in the rankings with 86.39 rating points.

Meanwhile, Dan Sheehan, James Lowe, Ciaran Frawley and Tadhg Beirne scored tries as Ireland completed a dominating 31-7 victory over Wales. This was third consecutive win for Ireland in the competition as they maintained their hope of winning the second consecutive Grand Slam.

Ireland continue to remain at second place in the table as they are 2.43 rating points behind the top placed Springboks while Wales are at eighth position.

Meanwhile, 30-21 win for Scotland over England at Murrayfield meant now only 0.64 rating points separate both the teams with England at fifth place and Scotland at sixth.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 94.54
2 Ireland 92.11
3 New Zealand 89.80
4 France 86.39
5 England 84.93
6 Scotland 84.29
7 Argentina 80.68
8 Wales 79.54
9 Australia 77.48
10 Italy 76.58