Ireland will go top of the World Rugby rankings if they defeat Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
As it turns out both Ireland and Warren Gatland’s Welsh side are capable of leap-frogging New Zealand into first place as we countdown towards the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The All Blacks currently sit atop the rankings having regained it last week following a short dip in form. Steve Hansen’s men take on 15th placed Tonga tomorrow but will not be able to improve on their current standings leaving the door open for Ireland and Wales to make their move.
All Ireland have to do is defeat the Welsh side to go top of the rankings while Gatland’s men must defeat Joe Schmidt’s side by more than 15 points to go top once more.
If the sides are to draw or Wales win by less than 15 points then the All Blacks will remain as the number one ranked side in world rugby. If Ireland lose to Wales they will slip from their current position of second. They can be replaced by England but only if both they and New Zealand were to lose at home.
A huge opportunity to boost confidence this weekend in what will be Joe Schmidt’s final game in Dublin.