Despite their victory in Japan, the XV of France went from second to third place in the new World Rugby rankings, being overtaken by New Zealand, who beat Ireland.
France goes down a step. After going from fifth to second place in the world thanks to their victory in the 6 Nations Tournament, with a Grand Slam at stake, Fabien Galthié’s team is third on Monday, following the publication of the new ranking. . The Blues, winners in Japan on Saturday with a score of 23-42, are overtaken by New Zealand, which in turn beat Ireland 42-19.
The World Rugby ranking is so made that each victory does not bring the same number of points, and that the calculation is made according to the beaten opponent. The success of France brought them 0.37 points, while the success of the Blacks brought them 0.97 points, Ireland being a higher ranked nation than Japan (4th against 10th).
South Africa remains in the lead
Several other changes are to be noted in the Top 10, still led by South Africa, world champion and victorious Wales on the wire (32-29) on Saturday: Australia overtakes England, that it beat 30-28 to take fifth place, while Argentina overtook Scotland, which they beat 26-18. But all this classification could change again next Monday, or the differences could increase, since it is exactly the same posters which will be on the program on Saturday, as is the tradition during the Summer Tours.
France could even be even more unhooked compared to New Zealand, because the Blues will only play two games in Japan, while the other cadors of world rugby face each other three times in a row. But the World Rugby ranking is obviously not the priority of Fabien Galthié and his men, for whom all eyes are on the 2023 World Cup at home in fifteen months.
WORLD RUGBY RANKING
Monday, July 4, 2022
1- South Africa: 90.61 points
2- New Zealand: 89.72 (+1)
3- France: 89.24 (-1)
4- Ireland: 87.25
5- Australia: 84.68 (+1)
6- England: 83.75 (-1)
7- Argentina: 81.70 (+1)
8- Scotland: 80.98 (-1)
9- Wales: 79.28
10- Japan: 77.90