South Africa reach top position in World Rugby Rankings

Rassie Erasmus (Head Coach) and Siya Kolisi (c) guided South Africa to third World Cup victory
Rassie Erasmus (Head Coach) and Siya Kolisi (c) guided South Africa to third World Cup victory
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South Africa have reached the top position in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since 2009 following their World Cup triumph in Japan.

The Boks registered a 32-12 win over England in the final to lift the World Cup for the third time and as a result were awarded 3.48 rating points that saw them climb past New Zealand to the pole position. They now have a 2.08 lead over second placed New Zealand side.

Meanwhile, England have slipped to the third position in the table following the defeat and now have 88.82 rating points while the All Blacks' win over Wales in the bronze medal face-off saw them positioned second with 92.11 rating points.

Wales, Ireland and Australia are positioned at fourth, fifth and sixth respectively and are followed by France, Japan, Scotland and Argentina at the end of the showpiece event.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 94.19
2 New Zealand 92.11
3 England 88.82
4 Wales 85.02
5 Ireland 84.45
6 Australia 81.90
7 France 80.88
8 Japan 79.28
9 Scotland 79.23
10 Argentina 78.31
 

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