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Wales overtake RWC opponents England in rankings

Wales defeated Ireland 16-10 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photo: World Rugby

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.

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Ireland shock four-time champions New Zealand

Irish players celebrate after defeating New Zealand. Photo: IRB

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.

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Island teams get RWC dress rehearsals in November

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will enjoy the best preparation yet for a World Cup after the November Tests were announced by the International Rugby Board.

With some compelling matches, November will see Tier Two teams clash with some of the top sides in world rugby ahead of next year’s RWC.

Fiji, who open Rugby World Cup 2015 against host country England, will benefit from a demanding schedule as they face 2015 pool opponents Wales in Cardiff on November 15, just one week after they play France in Paris.

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