World Rankings: NZ take a big hit

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:12
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NEWS: New Zealand have lost two full rating points after their 29-40 defeat to Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago. 

The All Blacks conceded 40 points for only the fifth time in history as the inspired Irish recorded their first-ever win over the All Blacks in 111 years of trying.

Steve Hansen's side are now just a fraction over five points clear of nearest rivals England following the loss of the two full rating points.

A gain of two rating points has lifted Ireland up one place to fifth place, on 83.67 points, while Argentina climb three to sixth after their convincing 54-20 win over an experimental Japanese side. 

Nicolas Sanchez marked his return to the No.10 jersey in style with a personal haul of 29 points, which included two tries.

Ireland and Argentina move above Wales who are now down to seventh following their dispiriting 8-32 defeat at the hands of Australia. Australia, in third, have increased their lead over South Africa in fourth to a fraction over two points.