Saturday’s results in round three of the Guinness Six Nations means we will see some movement when the official world rankings are updated on Monday.
France’s bonus point 27-10 victory over Scotland in Paris will see them move up two places in the world rankings from 10th to 8th. Scotland remain in 7th but their loss to Jacques Brunel’s side sees them lose 1.69 ranking points and the gap between the two countries is now just 0.9 ranking points.
France’s victory sees both Fiji and Argentina drop a place in the rankings to 9th and 10th, respectively.
The big news is that Wales have now leapfrogged England into third in the world and the gap between Wales in third and Ireland in second is at 1.62 ranking points.
- Wales will climb to second in the world if Italy manage to record a shock win against Ireland in Rome on Sunday
- A win for Italy on Sunday would see them climb three spaces to 12th in the world.
- If the margin of that victory is more than 15 points, they will overtake Japan and climb to 11th.
- The gap between Ireland and top-ranked New Zealand will remain at 2.62 points regardless of how well Joe Schmidt’s side win.