Fiji drops one place in rankings

Fiji's Leone Nakarawa is challenged by England skipper Chris Robshaw (right) and Dan Cole. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji’s Leone Nakarawa is challenged by England skipper Chris Robshaw (left) and Dan Cole in Fiji’s 11-35 loss to England on September 18. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Fiji’s losses to England and Australia in the Pool A matches have seen the team drop a place to number 10 in the latest rankings of World Rugby released today.

After securing the number nine spot since clinching the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup title on August 3, Fiji conceded the spot to Scotland whose back-to-back wins over Japan and the USA have seen them break into the top 10.

Wales, who Fiji face Friday morning, has climbed to second after defeating England over the weekend.

This is the highest ranking the union has ever achieved after coach Warren Gatland took Wales up to fourth early in his tenure.

Meanwhile, England will continue to lick their wounds as they fall down three places to sixth, one behind South Africa, who climb one place.

Despite their drubbing of Uruguay, Australia move down to third while Ireland hold fourth spot.

France and Argentina remain in seventh and eighth respectively, with the indomitable New Zealand keeping a firm grasp of their top spot.

World Rankings:

  1. New Zealand – 92.89; 2. Wales – 87.31; 3. Australia – 86.75; 4. Ireland – 84.40; 5. South Africa – 82.66; 6. England – 82.35; 7. France – 81.12; 8. Argentina -79.66; 9. Scotland -79.05; 10. Fiji – 76.96; 11. Samoa – 74.67; 12. Japan – 73.01; 13. Tonga -72.43; 14. Italy – 71.46; 15. Georgia – 71.35 ; 16 USA – 69.20; 17 Romania – 66.28; 18 Canada – 64.24; 19 Uruguay – 62.11; 20 Namibia – 61.85.

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