Wales Top of the World in World Rugby Rankings

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Now Wales have to reach number one in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since they were introduced in October 2003.

Rugby is the national game of New Zealand. New Zealand was the number one team in Rugby World rankings nearly ten years. Even though the New Zealand won with 36- 0 victory against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland.

Wales won against England and balance right until the very end, but Wales won with 13 – 6 . England were kept pointless in the first half for the first time since 2011 RWC quarter finals.

Wales are only the fourth team to occupy the number one ranking after England and New Zealand . England drop a place to fifth after being overtaken by South Africa 24 – 18 winners against Argentina in Pretoria. France trade with Scotland and move up one to seventh after an emphatic 32-3 win over Gregor Townsend’s side in Nice in which Maxime Medard bagged a brace.

Italy’s records 85 – 15 win over Russia did not have any effect on the rankings with the sides staying in 13th and 20th respectively .

World Rugby Rankings is a ranking system for men’s national teams in rugby union managed by World Rugby the sports governing body. The teams of world rugby’s member nations are ranked based on their game results. Ranking are base on teams performance.

Top 30 rankings as of 19 August 2019

Rank      Change*              Team     Points

1 – Wales  – 89.43

2  – New Zealand  –  89.40

3  – Ireland – 88.69

4  – South Africa – 86.83

5  – England – 86.79

6  – Australia – 84.05

7  – France – 80.58

8  – Scotland  – 79.01

9  – Japan –  77.21

10  – Fiji – 76.98

11  – Argentina – 76.29

12  – Georgia – 74.42

13  – Italy – 72.04

14 – United States –  71.93

15 – Tonga – 71.49

16 – Samoa – 69.08

17 – Spain – 68.15

18 – Romania – 66.69

19 – Uruguay – 65.18

20 – Russia – 64.81

21 – Canada – 61.36

22  – Portugal – 61.33

23  – Namibia – 61.01

24 – Hong Kong – 59.64

25 – Netherlands – 58.46

26 – Brazil – 57.84

27 – Belgium – 57.35

28 – Germany  – 54.96

29 – Chile – 54.56

30 – Switzerland – 53.19

World Rugby Rankings :

England were the top team that position following victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup . New Zealand took the lead from 7th June 2004. After winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, South Africa became the third team to achieve first place.

New Zealand defeating South Africa in the Tri Nations Opener on 5 July 2008 in Wellington , when Wales became the top ranked team for the first time after defeating England at Cardiff at the Rugby World Cup 2019 warm up match in August