World Rankings | Japan reach record high

The new world rugby rankings have been published following the completion of the Pool stages of the Rugby World Cup.

Host nation Japan occupy a record position of seventh, while Wales remain second behind favourites New Zealand.

Wales’ quarter-final opponents France are the lowest-ranked of the last eight heading into the knockout stages.

England are third and Ireland fourth, with South Africa and Australia making up the rest.

The world rugby rankings  table

1 New Zealand 90.98

2 Wales 88.87

3 England 88.13

4 Ireland 85.93

5 South Africa 85.75

6 Australia 83.52

7 Japan 82.08

8 France 81.38

9 Scotland 79.23

10 Argentina 78.31

11 Fiji 76.21

12 Italy 72.04

13 Tonga 71.44

14 Georgia 71.26

15 Samoa 70.72

16 Spain 68.15

17 USA 68.10

18 Uruguay 67.41

19 Romania 66.69

20 Russia 63.09

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