New Zealand reclaim number one ranking

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
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The All Blacks have officially claimed the number one position in the World Rugby Rankings following the recently concluded fourth round in the Rugby Championship.

Tupou Vaai scored a double while Patrick Tuipulotu, TJ Perenara and Samisoni Taukei'aho all touched down for Ian Foster's men as they defeated Argentina with a 36-13 margin.

The result meant, New Zealand gained rating points of 2.37 taking their tally to 91.15 which meant they have displaced South Africa from the top position. The victory also saw the All Blacks consolidate their top position in the Rugby Championship table as they registered their fourth successive win.

Despite the defeat, Argentina continued to remain at seventh with a 1.84 rating point difference over sixth placed France.

Meanwhile, Australia's 30-17 win over South Africa following doubles from Len Ikitau and Marika Koroibete saw them climb two places over England and Ireland to move to the third place in the table.

The Springboks have now suffered two successive defeats against the Wallabies and have 90.95 rating points at second place now.

The final two rounds of the Rugby Championship will see South Africa and New Zealand facing each other twice while the Wallabies take on Argentina.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 New Zealand 91.15
2 South Africa 90.95
3 Australia 85.65
4 England 85.44
5 Ireland 84.85
6 France 83.87
7 Argentina 82.03
8 Scotland 82.02
9 Wales 80.59
10 Japan 79.13