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World Rugby Rankings: Springboks crack top four once again

The Springboks moved South Africa back into the top four of the World Rugby Rankings after their RWC quarterfinal win over Japan.

South Africa climbed one place to fourth on the back of ending the dreams of hosts Japan in Tokyo on Sunday (20 October).

The Springboks had occupied slid to fifth after suffering their first defeat of 2019 in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against New Zealand.

All Blacks remain on their World Rugby Rankings perch

The All Blacks are the only team to remain unmoved in the top five, increasing their rating by 1.5 points after sweeping aside Ireland 46-14 in the second quarterfinal on Saturday (19 October).

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World Rugby Rankings: New Zealand’s full back Beauden Barrett (R) congratulates New Zealand’s fly-half Jordie Barrett after he scored a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between New Zealand and Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on October 19, 2019. (Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP)

New Zealand will face England in the RWC semifinals with the Roses now lead the chasing pack after climbing above Wales on the back of their 40-16 defeat of Australia – Eddie Jones’ men won by a margin that meant the Dragons would be unable to overhaul them even had they beaten France more convincingly than 20-19.

Japan had briefly risen to their highest ever ranking of sixth after Australia’s loss to England. However, defeat 24 hours later saw the Wallabies regain sixth place and France climb one spot to seventh despite their loss to Wales. France took seventh by virtue of losing fewer rating points than the Brave Blossoms on account of their narrow margin of defeat. Japan remain ranked in the top eight of World Rugby though ahead of the likes of Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy who round out the top twelve.

Spain and Romania are the only nations in the top twenty who failed to appear at Rugby World Cup 2019.

Rugby Europe International Championship

Away from Japan, there were four matches in the Rugby Europe International Championship over the weekend, although Serbia’s 30-15 defeat of Turkey in Conference 2 South and Croatia’s 25-20 victory over Cyprus in Conference 1 South do not count towards the rankings as both teams are not full member unions of World Rugby.

Czechia were the biggest climbers of the week, rising two places to 36th on the back of a 36-7 defeat of hosts Luxembourg in Conference 1 North. Luxembourg fall five places as a result down to 62nd.

The Conference 1 South encounter between Slovenia and Israel ended in a 28-28 draw in Ljubljana, a result which improved the hosts rating as the lower ranked team but not enough to lift them from their position of 71st.

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