England’s poor form in 2018 has seen them slip out of the World Rugby rankings top three.
Eddie Jones’ side began their South African tour with a 42-39 defeat to the Springboks in Johannesburg – their fourth test defeat in a row – and having fallen behind Ireland earlier in the year, England have slipped below Australia into fourth place.
It is the first time in two years that England have been this low on the ladder, and the pressure will be on this weekend to get back to winning ways and ensure that the tour is not lost. Despite their win, meanwhile, South Africa remain behind Scotland in seventh.
After their victory over Ireland on Saturday, the Wallabies remain in third as the points gap between the two was too pronounced, while New Zealand extended their lead at the top with a commanding win against France.
There is only one other change in the top ten in the latest table, with Fiji matching their all-time high of ninth place thanks to their recent win against Samoa. They leapfrog Argentina, who slip to tenth.
With a number of summer tests going on over the next few weeks, however, that order of the below rankings could look very different by the start of July.
World Rugby Rankings – 11th June 2018:
1. New Zealand
7. South Africa