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Ireland Move Up In Latest World Rugby Rankings Following Wales Win

Ireland have moved up to second in the latest World Rugby rankings following their 17-22 win over Wales in Cardiff at the weekend. 

Had they won by a margin of 15 or more points, Joe Schmidt’s men would have gone to the top of the table, however, an outstanding performance from substitute Rhys Patchell helped Wales claw back from a 22-3 deficit.

As a result, Warren Gatland’s men move from first to fourth position with New Zealand retaking the top spot.

There is also movement at the bottom of the table with Fiji leapfrogging World Cup hosts Japan into ninth place.

England remain in third on 88.13 while Scotland and France stay in seventh and eighth positions following their respective wins over Georgia and Italy.

The table could shift again this weekend with a host of international Tests taking place in the final round of warm-up games before the World Cup.

Ireland welcome Wales to Dublin in the return fixture on Saturday with both sides expected to name full-strength teams. Meanwhile, on Friday, Italy travel to England while Scotland and Georgia face off at Murrayfield. South Africa will also take on Japan.

Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at or on Twitter

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