WORLD RANKINGS: France move up, Italy fall, England close in on All Blacks

England remain on course to achieve the first back-to-back Grand Slam of the Six Nations era as the gap between themselves and New Zealand continues to narrow at the top of the World Rugby Rankings.

Only 3.76 rating points now separate them from the All Blacks following their dramatic 21-16 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium, which also extended their winning run to 16 matches.


Eddie Jones’ side picked up 0.56 of a point to move on to 91.02 points thanks to Elliot Daly’s breathtaking match-winner in the Cardiff cauldron, while Wales lose an identical amount under the points exchange system adopted by the rankings, but hang on to fifth place.

Meanwhile, France leapfrogged Scotland after beating Vern Cotter’s men at the Stade de France. Italy also dropped after their home defeat.

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