The recent weekend of international rugby has had a major bearing on the latest World Rugby rankings.
The last few days have seen a welcome return to top international rugby as countries around the world prepare for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Australia’s emphatic win over the All Blacks in the opening match of this year’s Bledisloe Cup saw Steve Hansen’s side lose their number one ranking temporarily.
All Wales needed to do was beat a much-changed England side at Twickenham but their 33-19 defeat saw their opportunity rubber-stamp their number one ranking fall flat.
As a result, New Zealand remain in first place and Wales in second with just 0.15 ranking points separating the sides.
Ireland remain in third place but England have jumped from fifth to fourth in the world because of their win over Warren Gatland’s side. South Africa are the team to drop back to fifth despite their win over Argentina which saw them clinch the 2019 Rugby Championship.
Elsewhere, Japan’s win over the USA, which saw them win the Pacific Nations Cup after previous wins over Fiji and Tonga, sees them enter the Top-10 in ninth place in the world.