World Rankings: Springboks close in on England

South Africa close in on fourth place in the World Rugby Rankings with victory over Australia, while New Zealand survive a scare to keep their unbeaten record against Los Pumas intact.

Argentina narrowly failed to take the scalp of the All Blacks for the first time in history in Buenos Aires on Saturday, and in doing so missed out on the chance to climb the World Rugby Rankings.

An improvement of at least one place was on offer for a historic Los Pumas victory against the world champions – two if the margin was more than 15 points – but despite keeping Steve Hansen’s side scoreless in the second half, they fell just short and had to settle for a losing bonus point in a 20-16 defeat. Instead, Argentina stay in 10th place in the rankings with the All Blacks on track to mark an unbroken decade at the top later this year.

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