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South Africa gains, Australia drops in latest ranking
By Patrick Korir | Tue 18 Sep, 2018 09:40

The Springboks brought fresh air to the Rugby Championship at the weekend after a recording a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in Wellington, while at the same time boosting their World Rugby Ranking by two places.

The win, the first on New Zealand soil in nine years, came with a positional rise as the Boks rose two places up from seventh to fifth in the rankings.

The exact opposite applied to Australia, a drop from fifth to an all-time low of seventh, after a shock 23-19 home loss on Saturday to Argentina at the Cbus Super Stadium.

The win for the Pumas ended 35 years of waiting - since 1983 - to claw the Wallabies at home. Ranking wise the Argentines did not move upwards from ninth place but improved to within eight-hundredths of a point behind eighth placed France.

Other than the two movements there were no other shifts recorded in the ranking log.

Despite their fall to the Boks, New Zealand is still top with Ireland, Wales and England closing the top four. Scotland is sixth and Fiji tenth.

Four repechage bound squads; Hong Kong, Canada, Kenya and Germany are still maintain positions 21, 23, 28 and 29, in that order. The for will square it off in Marseille, France in November for the 20th and final 2019 World Cup spot.

Patrick Korir
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