WORLD RANKINGS: England and Springboks on the rise

The top four nations in the World Rankings will contest the World Cup 2019 semi-finals after South Africa climbed one place to fourth on the back of ending the dreams of host Japan.

New Zealand are the only team to remain stationary in the top five, increasing their rating by 1.5 points after sweeping aside Ireland 46-14 in the second quarter-final on Saturday.

England, their semi-final opponents, now lead the chasing pack after climbing above Wales on the back of their 40-16 defeat of Australia – the margin of victory meaning Wales would be unable to overhaul them even had they beaten France more convincingly than 20-19.

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