England skipper Chris Robshaw has led his England side well during the Six Nations competition. Photo: Planet Rugby
Rugby Championship heavyweights New Zealand, Australia and South Africa will go into RWC 2015 as the top three nations in the World Rugby Rankings.
Long-time leaders New Zealand remain untouchable – for a fortnight at least – on 92.89 points, with Australia 6.22 points behind in second and South Africa a further 1.52 points back in third.
Australia were unable to make up any ground on their cross-Tasman rivals despite being the only side of the three in action over the weekend, as their 47-10 win over the USA in Chicago did not come with any ratings points given the double-figure difference in rankings positions and rating points between the nations.
Fiji’s lock Leone Nakarawa in full cry against the Tongans at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: World Rugby
Fiji’s draw against Samoa at Bonney Field in Sacramento last week, on neutral soil, had only minimal impact on the World Rugby rankings with Samoa losing less than a tenth of a rating point and Fiji gaining the same.
This means the two Pacific Island rivals are now separated by only 0.55 points going into the final round of pool matches on Wednesday. Fiji is in tenth position behind Samoa who is ahead in the ninth spot.
The only way Fiji could beat their Pacific Island neighbor in the world rankings is to make it to the finals and beat Samoa in that match that is scheduled for Monday at the Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby, east of Vancouver, British Columbia.