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No change at the top

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:52
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There were no change in rugby's world order after last week's Tests.

The gains as a result of matches in The Rugby Championship were minimal with New Zealand gaining less than a tenth through beating Australia 27-16 in Wellington, while South Africa's narrow 22-17 win over Argentina in Mendoza improves their rating by 0.26 points.

This results in no changes to the positions of the four sides with New Zealand still the number one side in the world, albeit with a cushion now of 4.35, while fourth ranked Australia and Argentina in 10th slip a little further away from the sides above them.

Top 20 IRB world rankings (last week's ranking in brackets)
1(1) New Zealand 91.64
2(2) South Africa 87.29
3(3) England 85.76
4(4) Australia 85.32
5(5) France 81.59
6(6) Wales 81.36
7(7) Samoa 80.42
8(8) Ireland 79.58
9(9) Scotland 76.95
10(10) Argentina 76.41
11(11) Tonga 74.77
12(12) Italy 74.17
13(13) Fiji 73.56
14(14) Canada 72.68
15(15) Japan 71.98
16(16) Georgia 67.66
17(17) Romania 66.18
18(18) United States 64.91
19(19) Russia 61.99
20(20) Spain 60.44

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