England have the All Blacks’ No. 1 ranking in their sights after the latest round of autumn internationals, closing the gap between the two significantly after their win over Australia at Twickenham.
In the latest rankings published by World Rugby, England gained 0.63 of a point for their win versus the third-ranked Wallaby side, while New Zealand’s narrow win over sixth-placed Scotland was worth less, earning only 0.16.
The gap between the All Blacks and England is now just over three points, meaning that the All Blacks’ eight-year reign at the top of the rankings may be under threat if Eddie Jones’ men can mount another successful Six Nations campaign. Australia’s quest to claim the No. 2 place imploded at Twickenham, and they remain stuck in third with a greater gap of 3.58 points between them and England.
The rest of the top ten remain largely unchanged, except for Fiji and Argentina swapping places at 9 and 10, after the Pumas’ comfortable win over Italy and Fiji’s narrow loss against the Irish.
France remain at No. 8, but their run of narrow losses in the autumn internationals has seen their ranking total fall by 0.86, and they are only 0.5 ahead of the Argentinians.
Wales’ underwhelming form and Scotland’s heartbreaking loss to the All Blacks saw both teams’ points tally fall slightly, but not enough to change their rankings at No. 8 and No. 6 respectively.
Outside the top ten, Japan hold onto the No. 11 spot, while Georgia’s case for Six Nations inclusion grows in strength as they continue their grip on the No. 12 position ahead of incumbent Six Nations team, Italy.
Congratulations goes out to Brazil (27,+3) and Canada (21,+2) who made the biggest ranking gains since October.
Here are the full World Rugby rankings: