The Rugby Championship is over for another year and as expected, New Zealand have come away with another tournament victory for the second year in succession.
Although the All Blacks won all of their games, they were pushed to the pin of their collar on occasion, most notably their victory over the Wallabies in Dunedin and their most recent outing against the Springboks in Newlands, a game in which they only won by one point.
Australia and South Africa also gave us some exciting matches, in both of their fixtures against each other, the sides couldn’t be separated and they had to settle for a 23-23 and 27-27 draw in Perth and Bloemfontein, respectively.
Ultimately, so many high profile fixtures between Tier One nations will have an effect on the World Rugby rankings. World Rugby has released the latest rankings and there is some movement among the southern hemisphere nations which has also influenced the top European sides.
Australia’s second-place finish in this year’s edition of the Rugby Championship has seen them climb to third in the rankings at the expense of Ireland and South Africa. The Wallabies move to third from fifth while both Ireland and the Springboks drop one place each to fourth and fifth respectively.
The All Blacks have increased their cushion at the top of the pile while Argentina remains in 10th place.
You can see the full rankings here but bear in mind, this picture will likely change at the end of November when the Southern Hemisphere sides complete their end of season European tours.
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