Wales defeated Ireland 16-10 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photo: World Rugby
Saturday’s 16-10 win for Wales over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium not only denied Paul O’Connell the home farewell he’d have hoped for, it also resulted in the Irish losing second place in the World Rugby Rankings to Australia.
The defeat to Wales, three weeks after they’d so comprehensively outplayed their Celtic cousins in Cardiff, cost Ireland 1.7 rating points, leaving them on 85.19 points, 1.48 points adrift of the Wallabies. New Zealand are comfortably on top, a position they have occupied since November 2009, with 92.89 points.
Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB
Ireland produced one of the shocks of Women’s Rugby World Cup history by beating four-time world champions New Zealand on an historic day at Marcoussis. As a result of their 17-14 victory, Philip Doyle’s side has taken command of Pool B with a two-point lead now established over the Black Ferns and USA, who meet in the final round of pool fixtures on Saturday.
Another mouth-watering tie lies in wait in Pool A where England and Canada are separated only by points difference at the top of the table, after both teams recorded their second consecutive bonus-point wins of the competition.