WORLD RANKINGS: Scotland leapfrog Wales after win on Saturday

Scotland’s first win over Wales in a decade has seen them rise to their highest-ever position of fifth in the World Rugby rankings.

Vern Cotter’s Scotland are two from three in the championship, having defeated Ireland and Wales. Their win on Saturday against Rob Howley’s men has seen them reach new heights in the rankings, which were introduced in 2003.


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Their win on Saturday against Rob Howley’s men has seen them reach new heights in the rankings, which were introduced in 2003.

The news also means that as things stand, Scotland — who are on 82.18 points — will be in the second seeds for May’s draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stages.

England remains second in the rankings while Ireland are in fourth. Meanwhile, Wales drop to seventh while France, who lost to Ireland at the weekend, are in eighth.

World Rugby Rankings – 27/02/17
1. New Zealand 94.78 points 6. South Africa 81.79
2. England 91.02 7. Wales 81.16
3. Australia 86.35 8. France 80.57
4. Ireland 84.18 9. Argentina 79.91
5. Scotland 82.18 10. Fiji 76.46
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