New Zealand slip to third place in World Rugby Rankings

Nicolas Sanchez starred for Argentina in their win over New Zealand
Nicolas Sanchez starred for Argentina in their win over New Zealand
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New Zealand have dropped to the third position in the World Rugby Rankings following their recent defeat against Argentina in the third round of the Rugby Championship.

As Nicolas Sanchez kicked all the 25 points for the Pumas, Sam Cane and Caleb Clarke scored tries for New Zealand but they went on to lose the game with a 10-point margin. This was also Argentina's first-ever win over the All Blacks.

The All Blacks headed into the encounter positioned second in the World Rugby Rankings but the defeat now has seen drop another place to third after losing two ranking points.

England, who blanked Georgia 40-0 in their Autumn Nations Cup opener have swapped places with New Zealand to second while South Africa continue to top the table with a lead of 5.78 points despite having not played a game since their World Cup triumph last year.

Meanwhile, Argentina have moved from 10th place to eighth in the rankings with Wales, who suffered another defeat this year slipped to 9th place and Japan at 10th.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 94.20
2 England 88.42
3 New Zealand 88.17
4 France 84.59
5 Ireland 84.57
6 Australia 83.86
7 Scotland 82.28
8 Argentina 80.31
9 Wales 79.75
10 Japan 79.29