Japan reach new high in rankings after Rugby World Cup stunner


Japan have moved to their highest position on a world rugby rankings list that continues to be headed by the All Blacks.

Japan’s historic 19-12 win over Ireland has seen the Rugby World Cup hosts lift to No 8.

Ireland paid a big price for a loss that puts them on a likely quarter-final meeting with New Zealand, as they dropped from second to fourth.

Japan players celebrate their historic Rugby World Cup win over Ireland.


Japan players celebrate their historic Rugby World Cup win over Ireland.

Wales moved up to second from No 4 on the back of their gritty 29-25 win over the Wallabies.

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Meanwhile, Georgia have equalled their best of 11th after a combination of their 33-7 defeat of Uruguay and Fiji’s surprise loss to the same opponents.

With points exchanges doubled during Rugby World Cups to reflect the importance of the tournament, Fiji’s defeat to a team that were nine places below them before kick-off has resulted in a two-place drop to 12th.

Uruguay climbed two places on the back of that win – only their third in RWC history and first for 16 years – but slipped back one to 18th after losing to Georgia.

Latest World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 90.98
2. Wales 88.87
3. England 88.13
4. Ireland 85.93
5. South Africa 85.75
6. Australia 83.52
7. France 81.04
8. Japan 80.70
9. Scotland 78.59
10. Argentina 76.79
11. Georgia 75.06
12. Samoa 72.75
13. Fiji 72.42
14. USA 72.18
15. Italy 72.04
16. Tonga 69.22
17. Spain 68.15
18. Uruguay 67.41
19. Romania 66.69
20. Russia 63.09

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