WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS
WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS. Four Test teams are in the running for the World Rugby No.1 ranking on a rare weekend for rugby union. Depending on how things go, South Africa, New Zealand, France, or Ireland could all be the most promising teams in the world by the end of the weekend. The Springboks are a little bit weak because they can’t improve their rating by beating Wales. There are 11.33 rating points between the teams before home weighting is taken into account, so even if they beat Wales, their rating won’t go up.
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If the Boks and Wayne Pivac’s Wales tie, the All Blacks or Ireland must win by more than 15 points to take the top spot. So, if Jacques Nienaber’s team loses, it will be enough for New Zealand or Ireland to win by a smaller margin. If the ‘men in green’ win in New Zealand, they will be ranked higher than the ‘men in red’.
South Africa will fall to third place if they lose France beats Japan, and either New Zealand or Ireland beats Japan. They could even fall to the fourth place on the table if they lose by more than 15 points and New Zealand and Ireland tie. Even the All Blacks could fall down. If Ian Foster’s team loses and France wins, they could fall to fourth place, which would be their lowest ranking ever.
No matter how France does in Japan, if South Africa wins, New Zealand will still move up one spot. France, led by Fabien Galthie, can become number one for the first time if they win, South Africa loses, and the game at Eden Park is a tie. If Australia wins the first test in Perth, they will move ahead of England. Eddie Jones’s team can only move up from fifth place if they win by more than 15 points and France loses to Japan by the same amount. So, we will discuss the rugby world rankings in this article.
Will there be changes?
If Japan beats France, they will move up to the ninth place and pass Wales, which lost. The Brave Blossoms could move up to eighth place if they win by more than 15 points, Wales loses, and Scotland loses in Argentina by the same amount. If Les Bleus lost to Jamie Joseph’s team, they would drop two spots and be in fourth place. They could drop another spot if the difference between how much they lose and how much England wins is more than 15 points. Wales will move ahead of Scotland, which has already lost if they beat South Africa in Pretoria. The team led by Gregor Townsend could fall as low as 10th, depending on how badly they lose and how South Africa and Japan do.
If Italy beats Romania, they will move above Samoa since Manu Samoa’s game against Australia A in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup doesn’t count toward the rankings. Romania is happy to have Florin Vlaicu back. He has played in 128 tests for the Oaks and hasn’t played for them since March 2021. Victor Leon is playing his first test for Romania. He has already played seven tests for Moldova.
Here is how things stand right now –