South Africa return to number one position in World Rugby Rankings

Siya Kolisi led South Africa to another win
Siya Kolisi led South Africa to another win
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South Africa have reclaimed the number one position in the World Rugby Rankings following their win over Scotland in the recently concluded fixture at Murrayfield.

This is South Africa's second successive win of the tour as they edged out Wales 23-18 in the opening game and followed with a 30-15 victory over Gregor Townsend's men. Makazole Mapimpi starred with a double for the Boks while while Elton Jantjies, Handre Pollard and Frans Steyn kicked six penalties combined.

The result meant South Africa gained half a rating point to take their tally to 91.83 as they moved to the first place with New Zealand slipping to second position following a 20-29 defeat to Ireland in Dublin.

Even though Codie Taylor and Will Jordan scored tries for the All Blacks, James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher and Caelan Doris dotted down for Andy Farrell's men with Joey Carbery's three penalties in the final 15 minutes ensured they registered a second successive win over the All Blacks at the venue.

The result saw All Blacks losing 1.34 points and now trail Springboks by a 1.8 rating point at the second position while Ireland rise to fourth place.

Meanwhile, England's 32-15 win over Australia saw them climb to the third position with the Wallabies drop two places to fifth.

France have retained their sixth place despite a 41-15 win over Georgia while Wales continue to remain at ninth after 38-23 victory over Fiji.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 91.83
2 New Zealand 90.02
3 England 86.61
4 Ireland 86.30
5 Australia 85.09
6 France 84.25
7 Scotland 87.28
8 Argentina 80.81
9 Wales 80.39
10 Japan 78.54
 
 
 
 

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